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SOS Annual Care Awards

5 October 2020

Richard Jackson

Managing Director

The Care Awards ...The nominations have just closed, a short list will be created and those then interviewed. Those who are shortlisted with the winners being announced on the night. We are proposing to hold the event at the same venue as last year - in Charnock Richard, but we are waiting to see how COVID goes before we commit to booking it. - However when it happens it should be a fabulous evening to celebrate the fantastic efforts of those nominated.

The categories are:

The Home Care Worker Award

This award recognises the significant role of the Home Care Worker in consistently providing a high quality standard, for people living in their own homes.

  • Allows the person to make their own decisions and stay in control of their own lives
  • Encourages independence
  • Gives an excellent and dignified service to clients
  • Understands and demonstrates treating each person as an individual by giving a personalised service
  • Helps people to be more independent wherever possible
  • Respects people’s right to privacy (example)
  • Involves clients and their relatives/carers in the development of their care (if agreed by the client)
  • Has examples of putting in extra effort for clients – ‘going the extra mile’
  • Is aware of personal development, and looks for opportunities to absorb knowledge and skills. For example: mandatory training, specialist training courses of all types, reading guidance and good practice guides, using toolkits, shadowing, attending workshops and study days, using e-learning.
  • Uses initiative
  • Adaptability, alertness and responsiveness to the people they care for will be looked for by the judges

Frontline Leader Award

This award will be given to a person who is a supervisor, senior care worker, team leader or a first time manager and has shown clear commitment to improving the delivery of care and support within their team. A person who has shown leadership qualities by reflecting on what could be better and supporting others to bring about change.

Care Newcomer Award

This award seeks to acknowledge and celebrate a new member of staff who has commenced employment with SOS Homecare since January 2016. The individual can either be returning to the sector after at least two years away or be joining for the first time.

  • Is able to demonstrate if they were able to transfer existing skills to their new career (either from volunteering, life skills or previous job)
  • Show a good understanding of the role they now have
  • Demonstrate by examples their understanding of the word “Care” and demonstrate excellent people skills
  • Is able to explain what is meant by good practice in their chosen role
  • Is aware of a range of choices users of services may have.
  • Empathy and responsiveness, especially in emotional situations, will be looked for by the judges
  • Willingness and determination to take up opportunities to improve knowledge in a range of settings

Non Carers Award

  • For that member of staff who is not invovled with the management or day to day carer side of the company, ie Admin, Finance, HR or Training roles which are no less vital to the running of the company

Managers Award

This award will be given to the Manager who can demonstrate to the judges their knowledge and skill in utilising their care team in an effective and efficient way. This person will demonstrate vision in motivating and supporting staff whilst ensuring the clients remains at the heart of the service.

  • Show why it is important to offer the clients continuity of care
  • Demonstrate how they offer staff that are trained to meet the individual needs of a vulnerable person
  • Show how they support lone workers
  • Show how they keep up with technology, and the requirements of the regulators.

The Outstanding Contribution Award

This special award will be presented to the individual whom the judges believe has made a long-term outstanding contribution to social care.

Good luck to all those involved in the process!