2018 Winners

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?

Balhousie Clement Park Personalised Environment

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CATEGORY 2: BRIGHT SPARK

Are you, or someone you know, new to social services but have already made a real difference to someone’s life? Do you have a positive attitude? Do you take the time to understand what the people you support want and need, helping them to achieve their potential?

Emma Scott

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JUDGES PICK – JAMES O'DONNELL, CANTRAYBRIDGE COLLEGE

James O’Donnell

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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?

Gill Martin

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UNDERSTANDING SERVICE QUALITY AND PERFORMANCE

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.

Glasgow City Ambition Network

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CATEGORY 5: THE COURAGE TO TAKE A RISK

Have you, or someone you know, taken a risk; looked adversity in the face and stood up to make a change? Many successful business people failed initially but learned from that experience and went on to great things. This can happen in social services too. This award recognises those who have used experience to make positive changes.

Anthony Miller, East Ayrshire Health and Social Care Partnership

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CATEGORY 6: MAKING RESEARCH AND 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; or doing new things.

Birchwood Highland & Migrant Mental Health in the Highlands

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CATEGORY 7: THOUGHT LEADERSHIP

Have you influenced thinking in your team, your organisation or more widely? By learning, discussing and trying new things have you brought about changes which benefit service users? Have you helped foster a culture where challenge is encouraged and practice is informed by what we can demonstrate works.

Amy McKellar, Inverclyde Health and Social Care Partnership

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PROMOTING PUBLIC UNDERSTANDING

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.

Tommy Murphy Support for Ordinary Living

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CATEGORY 9: HEAD ABOVE THE PARAPET

Have you spoken up about an issue, promoting social justice and championing the interests of the vulnerable. We want to encourage people to stand up for others and challenge rhetoric that can damage the interests of the people we work with.

Scottish Women’s Autism Network – SWAN

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POLICY FOCUS * SPECIAL AWARD

CATEGORY 10: EXCELLENCE IN CHILDREN’S SERVICES

Each year we choose a special Policy Focus award. This year our award celebrates excellence in children’s services in recognition of 2018 being the Year of Young People, which aims to celebrate and create new opportunities for them to shine, locally, nationally and globally. These entries were judged by young people who have used Children’s Services themselves – and they chose joint winners.

Broxburn Family Centre, Play is our work

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CATEGORY 10: EXCELLENCE IN CHILDREN’S SERVICES

Multi-cultural family base’s safe haven project

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