Hertfordshire County Council wins top award for developing staff skills in adult social care

Published: 24 Jan 2020

We have been presented with a top national industry award for developing the skills and knowledge of social workers, nurses and occupational therapists to help them deliver the Connected Lives model of adult social care.

The Skills for Care Accolades celebrate innovation and excellence in workforce development in adult social care and are open to 18,500 social care organisations.

Our Adults Practice Development Team was presented with the Skills for Care Accolade for ‘Most effective approach to continuing professional development for the regulated workforce in social care settings’ this week.

This prestigious award was given in recognition of the extensive range of learning support provided by the council to develop practice skills and professional leadership capabilities. The learning support helps ensure our staff have the knowledge, skills and confidence to meet their duties under the Care Act and become effective leaders within their respective professions. It also aims to help them deliver the council’s innovative Connected Lives model of adult social care which is focused on providing people with personalised services so they can live the life they want as independently as possible.

The judges said:

“Hertfordshire County Council impressed the judges with their responsiveness to staff input. There was clear evidence of listening to staff and getting their feedback and insight to make improvements. The judges also liked their support for staff around mental health, wellbeing and resilience which was already helping to make an impact.”

Richard Roberts, Executive Member for Adult Care and Health, said:

“Brilliant. This award demonstrates that the work we are doing to help our professional staff develop, learn and keep up-to-date with the latest regulations, practices and thinking in adult social care is second to none.

“Providing excellent learning and development opportunities plays a crucial role in encouraging the very best people to work in Hertfordshire. It also helps staff develop new improved ways of working that benefit residents who use our services, such as our Connected Lives model. This innovative approach is cutting edge in adult social care and is focused around supporting people to live the life they want by providing services tailored to them.”

Skills for Care helps adult social care employers set standards and qualifications, so their social care workers are equipped with the skills and knowledge to deliver high quality care. More information about Skills for Care Accolades is available on their website.