COUNTDOWN TO ENTERING 2019 AWARDS

SCOTTISH SOCIAL SERVICES AWARDS CATEGORIES

You can enter yourself, your team or organisation, or you can nominate an individual, team or organisation.  You must have permission from your organisation or, if you are nominating someone else, you must have their consent in writing. Categories 2 and 8 are for individuals only.

 SUPPORTING THE WORKFORCE

 

CATEGORY 1: LIVING THE CODES

Have you succeeded in bringing the Scottish Social Services Council’s (SSSC) codes of practice to life in social services? Have you gone above and beyond compliance to make a positive impact by using the codes?

WE ARE LOOKING FOR:

  1. creative approaches to promoting and using the codes which show that you are living the values and principles which underpin them.
  2. evidence of how you are using the codes to make a difference to staff or people using services.
  3. a real understanding of what the codes mean and what can be achieved by following the good practice they are encouraging.

OPEN TO: Individuals, teams or organisations.

 

CATEGORY 2: BRIGHT SPARK

To celebrate the work of our young people in the social services sector, the Bright Spark award aims to recognise a young person who is excelling in the work they do in the sector.  This is our opportunity to celebrate young people’s achievements, to value their contribution and to inspire other young people to consider a career in the sector.

Are you, or is someone you know, a young person working in social services in a care and support setting but have already made a real difference to someone’s life?  Do you/they have a positive attitude?  Are they proud of the work they do? Do you/they take the time to understand what the people you support want and need, helping them to achieve their potential?

WE ARE LOOKING FOR A YOUNG PERSON AGED 16-16 WHO:

  1. goes ‘the extra mile’ to make a difference to the people they care for or work with, bringing enthusiasm and commitment to their work.
  2. is keen to learn, to develop themselves and to continue to work in the sector.
  3. is proud of the work they do and is an ambassador for the life-changing work that they do in the sector.

OPEN TO:

A young person aged 16-26 on 15 February 2019 (the closing date for applications) working in a care and support setting, or a student on placement working in a care and support setting who is producing positive results.

 

CATEGORY 3: AN ENLIGHTENED APPROACH

How do you recognise the importance of learning and development within the workforce? At times when budgets may be stretched, are you thinking creatively and working collaboratively to make the most of training opportunities? Are you learning from the people we support, care for and work with?

WE ARE LOOKING FOR:

  1. fresh and innovative approaches to learning that allow staff to learn from the people they support
  2. the best examples of supporting and encouraging staff to learn and grow.
  3. learning and development which enables people to do the right things and not just follow procedure.

OPEN TO: Individuals, teams or organisations.

IMPROVING PERFORMANCE AND USE OF EVIDENCE

 

CATEGORY 4: SILO BUSTER

This is about joined up thinking, working and delivering. Do you take the time to understand your colleagues, agree what each of you can contribute – and follow that through to make a difference to people’s lives? At times of integration and change these skills, which break through organisational barriers and cultures, are vital. It is not about sharing a space, but a common approach to support and care for people.

WE ARE LOOKING FOR:

  1. professions and colleagues coming together and learning from each other to improve services.
  2. teams and individuals that acknowledge and play to each other’s strengths.
  3. budgets, location and governance not getting in the way of putting service user first.

OPEN TO: Individuals, teams or organisations.

 

CATEGORY 5: A DIFFERENT APPROACH

Are you, or is someone you know, doing things differently to make a positive change for the people they support?  This is about taking a different approach, trying something new and being innovative in your thinking to deliver the best outcome for service users.

WE ARE LOOKING FOR PEOPLE WHO HAVE:

  1. tried something new or taken a different approach: this should relate to new ideas, systems or practice you have thought up, perhaps with the close involvement of the people or person being supported.
  2. developed a new approach to an existing issue or found an innovative way to address a new challenge.
  3. approached challenges creatively, and in a way that breaks with convention, improving outcomes for services users.

OPEN TO:Individuals, teams or organisations.

 

CATEGORY 6: MAKING RESEARCH & EVIDENCE REAL

Have you embedded the use of research or evidence into social services practice? Perhaps you have implemented an idea from a peer review journal, or interpreted the evaluation of a service, or used local feedback to change and improve how you do things. The emphasis is on looking at current practice and using research to challenge current thinking and find new ways of doing things.

WE ARE LOOKING FOR PEOPLE WHO HAVE:

  1. used evidence of any type to inform the development of projects, making a difference to the people they are there to support.
  2. developed innovative practice or approaches based on the evidence of what works.
  3. localised good practice, making it work for them and the people they support.* Note: evidence can include research, practice, wisdom, service data or lived experience.

OPEN TO: Individuals, teams or organisations.

 

PROMOTING SOCIAL SERVICES

 

CATEGORY 7: LEADING FOR IMPACT

Has this person demonstrated leadership in a team, organisation or more widely?  Have they inspired colleagues to do the right thing for the people they support? Have they brought about changes which have made a positive impact on the people they support? Have they led others to ensure they also make an impact on the service they help deliver?

WE ARE LOOKING FOR PEOPLE WHO HAVE:

  1. demonstrated leadership, and inspired others, to bring about change to improve the impact of the services they deliver.
  2. shown leadership in inspiring others to improve outcomes for the people they support.
  3. made a positive impact on their team or organisation inspiring and supporting others to the right thing for the people they support and care for, demonstrating and promoting the values of the social services sector.

OPEN TO: Individuals, teams or organisations.

 

CATEGORY 8: THE UNTOLD STORY

We are looking for an unsung hero; an inspiring individual who thinks that they are ‘just doing their job’ but whose approach makes it so much more than that? Do you or someone you know fit this description? We want to celebrate people who have helped make a positive difference for others either through their day-to- day work, or promoting the social services profession more widely.

WE ARE LOOKING FOR SOMEONE WHO:

  1. is dedicated and courageous, doing the right things for the people they support.
  2. values each person they work with as an individual and supports them in a way that works for that individual.
  3. is an advocate for the most vulnerable.

OPEN TO: Individuals only.

 

CATEGORY 9: MAKING CHANGE HAPPEN

Have you led a successful project or campaign to improve or change something which affects you, your organisation or the wider social services sector? This could include a local recruitment campaign, a campaign to change behaviours, improve staff wellbeing or raise awareness of an issue which affects the people you support.  It could be about promoting an issue, challenging a stigma or promoting or championing the interests of the people you support. Ultimately it is about making a change happen.

WE ARE LOOKING FOR PEOPLE WHO HAVE:

  1. developed a campaign or project which seeks to improve or change something which affects the people they care for or work with.
  2. raised awareness of an issue in a positive manner.
  3. successfully campaigned and brought about positive change.

OPEN TO: Individuals, teams or organisations;

 

 

POLICY FOCUS * SPECIAL AWARD

 

CATEGORY 10: EXCELLENCE MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES

Each year we choose a special Policy Focus award.  This year our award recognises the importance of mental health services across our society and the importance of good mental health for all.  People should be able to get the right help at the right time, expect recovery, and fully enjoy their rights, free from discrimination and stigma – our mental health services are therefore fundamental to this vision.

This is our opportunity to recognise the value of mental health services in supporting people of all ages and from all backgrounds to address their mental health.

WE ARE LOOKING FOR PEOPLE WHO HAVE ACHIEVED DEMONSTRABLE PROGRESS IN DELIVERING MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES BY:

  1. engaging people creatively, supporting them to fulfil their potential and meet the challenges they face.
  2. championing the rights of people with mental health problems and securing positive changes.
  3. putting service users at the centre of care in order to achieve positive outcomes.

OPEN TO: Individuals, teams or organisations.