Support professional of the year
This award honours the support professional's significant contribution to maintaining a high quality standard for those receiving support outside of the below categories. The judges will be looking for evidence of dedication, awareness of co-workers, and career development through training.
Care home professional of the year
This award is to recognise the hard work and dedication of a care professional working within a residential setting. For this category, the nominee will have demonstrated their work with the people they support alongside their work and support of colleagues as well.
Home care professional of the year
This award recognises the hard work and dedication of a care professional working within a domiciliary care setting. For this category the nominee will have demonstrated going above and beyond for those they support in their role and evidence the exceptional care they consistently deliver.
Supported living professional of the year
This award is to recognise the hard work and dedication of an individual working in a supported living setting. The nominee will have demonstrated how they go above and beyond every day in their role, using their initiative and consistently delivering high quality support.
Learning disabilities professional of the year
The nominee for this award will have demonstrated their ability to support those living with additional needs at an exceptional level. Showing their willingness to learn and adapt their support to those in their care and how in their role they are enabling those they support to live full filled and enriched lives in their local communities.
Mental health professional of the year
This award recognises the work of an individual supporting those struggling with their mental health. The nominee for this award will have demonstrated how they have dedicated themselves so improving the mental health and wellbeing of those they support in their role. From support at home to accessing their local communities by providing true person-centred care, for this person going above and beyond is part of their everyday role.
Care leader of the year
This award is to recognise the leadership of an individual managing an adult social care setting. The nominee will have demonstrated their ability to show compassion and care to not just those they support but their team as well. This person will lead from the front and by example, living and breathing the values of their setting, as well as inspiring the team around them.
Outstanding contribution to social care award
This award is to recognise someone who has made an extraordinary impact to social care. This could be within their setting, local community or a further reach! Whether it be length of service, or otherwise, the nominee will be able to evidence their contributions to social care and the positive impact they have had.
Best newcomer of the year
This award is to recognise someone new to the social care sector, that has taken their role with both hands, got stuck straight in and made a huge difference already. The nominee will show the difference the role has made to them and those around them, what they have achieved so far in their new position, as well a desire and ambition to continue with their career in social care.
Trainer of the year
This award is to recognise the hard work and dedication of a trainer within adult social care, who goes above and beyond in the training they deliver and how they deliver it. This person will demonstrate their passion for offering and delivering full and comprehensive training opportunities in order to upskill their team and equip them with all the tools and knowledge needed to be able to deliver high quality care consistently.
Office staff member of the year
In adult social care, all teams are supported by a dedicated and comprehensive office team. This award is designed to recognise one of those individuals. Whether it be co-ordinators, deputies, supervisors, team leaders and everything in between this individual will work within a care office and have a proven record for their dedication to their role, team and people their setting supports. They will go above and beyond in their office setting in everything they do and for those they do it for.
Operational staff member of the year
In residential and supported living settings, alongside office staff and Care Professionals are a hard working team of auxiliary staff. From gardeners to maintenance professionals, these hard working members of the team provide essential support to make sure the staff and residents have safe and pleasant surroundings to call home and work. This award will recognise the work of one these individuals, their hard work, commitment, dedication and positive impact in the team they work within.
HR / Recruiter of the year
This award recognises the efforts of an individual in the recruitment and procurement of new staff for their setting. This person will have shown ingenuity, adaptivity and creativity with their recruitment methods, as well as being a dedicated team member demonstrating the values that we look for in social care to potential new candidates.
Diversity champions of the year
This award recognises a setting that can demonstrate how they actively promote and champion diversity among those they support and their care teams as well. The chosen setting will be able to evidence how important diversity is to them as well as having a clear understanding of the benefits to their team and those they support as well.
Dignity champions of the year
This award recognises the commitment of an individual within adult social care to bring dignity to those they support. The nominee will be able to evidence instances where they have gone above and beyond to provide dignity for those they support as well providing a high quality of care at the same time.
Working together with users of services
This award has been made to celebrate those who work together with the users of their services to make positive changes to business practices. We are interested in hearing from experts with real-world experience who have gone above and beyond to make sure that services are made to improve quality and outcomes, as well as care professionals who use partnership working to make sure that people who use services have a voice.