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The finalists have been announced for all ten categories at the annual Skills for Care Accolades awards.

Now in its 17th year, the Accolades honour excellence and innovation in workforce development across adult social care, with all 18,500 organisations who offer adult social care in England and 7,5000 individual employers eligible to enter.

“Our Accolades are seen as the Oscars of the social care world, and once again I’ve been impressed with the very high standard of all the entries this year,” said Skills for Care Interim CEO Andy Tilden.

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“To make the final all of our finalists had to demonstrate to our expert panels of judges how they think and act innovatively in supporting the learning and development needs of the growing social care workforce.”

The finalists, who will find out if they have won have at the awards ceremony at the ILEC Conference Centre in London on Wednesday 22 January, are:

Best employer of between 51 and 249 staff

  • Community Support Services
  • Egalite
  • Right at Home Solent

Best employer of over 250 staff

  • Community Integrated Care
  • Future directions CIC
  • Stow Healthcare Ltd

Best employer of under 50 staff

  • Ebury Court Care Home
  • Hendra Healthcare (Ludlow) Limited
  • No Place Like Home

Best employer support for your registered manager(s)

  • Care UK
  • Leeds City Council, Adults and Health, Organisational and Workforce Development
  • Milestones Trust

Best individual who employs their own care and support staff

  • Charley Zakrzewski
  • Jac Savage
  • Richard’s House

Most effective approach to continuing professional development for the regulated workforce in social care settings

  • Caring Homes Group
  • Hertfordshire County Council

Most effective approach to leadership and management

  • Care UK
  • Caremark Waltham Forest
  • Haviland House
  • Manor Community

Most effective collaborative approach to integrated new models of care

  • Community Integrated Care Learning Disability Super League
  • Dementia Support
  • Let’s Talk Together – South Tyneside Council, South Tyneside and Sunderland NHS Foundation Trust, Age Concern South Tyneside and Comfort Call

Most innovative endorsed learning provider

  • Accomplish Group
  • Consultus Care Training Centre
  • Leeds City Council, Adults and Health, Organisational and Workforce Development
  • Springhill Hospice Education Team

Secrets of Success – Best retention and recruitment approaches

  • Lewisham Nexus Service
  • Manor Community
  • Resolve Care (Northern) Ltd

Skills for Care supports adult social care employers to deliver what the people they support need and what commissioners and regulators expect. Its practical support helps leaders and managers recruit, develop and lead their staff, retaining them from entry-level through to senior leadership and management roles.

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