Monday, 28 April 2008

Accolades 2008 - nominate by Friday 2 May 2008!


...still time to enter!

Nominations close FRIDAY 2 MAY 2008

Read on to learn more about the many benefits of winning an Accolade and to get some useful tips for nominating!

Dear Colleague

To achieve an Accolade proves an organisation's success in achieving the highest standards of workforce development within social care.

If you or someone you know has not already done so, then its not too late to get involved in the Accolades 2008. So please feel free to circulate this information to anyone who you think may be interested in participating.

Now in its sixth year, the Accolades has grown in stature to become one of the most prestigious and enjoyable events of the social care calender.

There isn't much time though as nominations close on Friday 2 May 2008 and completed nomination forms need to be returned by this time.

People can get involved by nominating an employer or an organisation for a range of categories. Details of these can be found in the Nomination Booklet, which is attached at the end of this e-mail.

The benefits of winning an Accolade are many.

For those people who use the services provided by an Accolade winner:

* satisfaction that the award is a reflection of the efforts made to improve the life of people who use services, by providing opportunities for workforce development of those supporting them

For an Accolade winning organisation:

* pride

* good for business

* opportunity to evaluate your own progress and achievements

* external validation of your work - acknowledgement of what you believe you do well (even the every day things)and is good practice, is confirmed by those at the forefront of the social care sector

* increased recognistion, credibility and reputation

* free publicity - national and local press, sector publications and journals, radio and television coverage

* opportunity to attend a prestigious national event and celebrate what is good in social care workforce development with other leading organisations

For individuals/teams employed by an Accolade winner:

* personal jubilation

* recognition and reward for your efforts

* opportunity to attend the gala event

Top tips for completing the nomination form:

* approach it as a team (where possible) - use the different skills that each of you may have

* consider what you do well in relation to the different categories

* consider what are your achievements or practices that you are proud of

* decide on which category to enter

* take time to study the criteria

* make notes of policies, systems, procedures, implementation and outcomes relating to the criteria

* decide on how you are going to present the information within the nomination e.g. chronological order of how and when systems/policies etc. were implemented in practice

* always provide evidence in support of the statements you make e.g. give examples of what or how you are doing things - don't just state you are doing them

* always remember what your work means to people who use your services and what benefits they get from it

* make the most of the word limit you have available (most Accolade winners would say that the hardest part of completing the nomination form was keeping within the word limit!)

Many thanks to Joy Johnson, HICA Care Homes & Trevor Hewitt, Barnsley Adult Social Services - Accolade 2006 & 2007 winners, for sharing the benefits that their organisations have enjoyed from winning an Accolade and for passing on their top tips for entering.

Further information in support of the Accolades are attached below.

This includes:

- a Nomination Booklet


- Category Information Sheets (for all categories) <>

- Nomination Form A (to be used for nominations for categories 1, 2, 4, 5, 7, 8, 9, 10 & 12) <>

- Nomination Form B (to be used for nominations for categories 3, 6 & 11 only) <> To request hard copies of the nomination materials please e-mail

or call 0113 241 1275.

Thank you.

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