Private care-provider Regard has been named by Skills for Care as a finalist in their 2016 Accolades Awards which reward adult social care organisations for their commitment to delivering high quality care and developing their workforce
Now in its 13th year, the Accolades finalists shortlist is an eclectic mix of employers, training providers, local authorities and individual employers who have all demonstrated an innovative approach to developing learning and development opportunities for the 1.5m strong adult social care workforce in England.
Regard, who have been named as one of only four finalists in the category Best Employer Of Over 250 Staff, is the country’s fourth biggest private provider of care homes and supported living services.
Founded in 1994, the organisation has its headquarters in Kingston-upon-Thames and employs around 2,000 direct care staff to support over 1,000 service users with learning disabilities, mental health needs or acquired brain injuries at over 145 services nationwide.
Regard’s CEO, Sandie Foxall-Smith, said: “These Accolades provide an independent endorsement of the quality of the service we deliver and we’re delighted to have been selected as finalists, just a few months after receiving our Investors In People Gold accreditation.
“Being shortlisted in the Best Employer category proves that Regard pursues a planned and effective approach to developing a skilled and knowledgeable workforce, and recognises our role as champions of the personalised approach to social care services.”
Skills for Care CEO Sharon Allen said: “All the Accolades finalists are outstanding examples of how we can make sure highly motivated care and support workers can develop their skills and knowledge which leads to high quality care and support for people in our communities.
“It is also a chance in the continuing tough financial environment for us to share knowledge of how we can find, retain and train people with the right values to meet increasing demand for care and support so everyone who needs it can access truly person centred care.”
Regard will join the other finalists to discover whether they have won an Accolade at the prestigious annual awards ceremony in Birmingham on Thursday 10 March 2016.