Somerset shortlisted for national accolade

Somerset County Council’s work to develop its social care staff has seen it nominated for a national award.

The authority’s Adult Social Care Learning and Development Team has been shortlisted for a prestigious national Skills for Care Accolade.

Now in its 13th year, the Skills for Care Accolades celebrate the achievements of organisations committed to boosting the skills and knowledge of the adult social care workforce.

Somerset has been shortlisted for its creative approach to developing learning and development opportunities. The judging panel were impressed with the team’s newly qualified frameworks for Social Workers and Occupational Therapists and in particular the innovative way these have been integrated.

The team were also praised for the involvement of service users in the development of training programmes and the introduction of a ‘grow your own’ scheme that allows non-qualified staff to go forward onto professional social work and occupational therapy training – supporting the next generation of newly qualified staff.

William Wallace, Cabinet Member for Adults Services at Somerset County Council, said: “Training and development for staff in adult social care is so important. Giving staff the opportunity to progress their career and develop their skills and knowledge is crucial to keeping staff motivated and continuing their good practice – which leads to high quality care and support for people in our communities.

“I am thrilled that our learning and development team has been shortlisted for the Skills for Care Accolade. The national recognition is great and the team should be very proud of what they have achieved.”

Somerset has been nominated for the Skills for Care Accolade ‘Best Employer Support for Continuing Professional Development for regulated professions’ category. The winner will be announced on Thursday 10 March 2016.

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In autumn 2015 Somerset County Council launched a campaign to recruit more adult social workers. The campaign aims to entice people from all over the country to move to Somerset for the wonderful countryside and tempting work package. Anyone interested in a career with Somerset County Council’s Adults Services can find out more by visiting