Specialist care provider shortlisted for Best Employer Support

Sandie Foxhall-Smith

The merits of the staff development programme created by private care-provider The Regard Group have been recognised by inclusion in the 2017 ‘Accolades’ shortlist by Skills For Care, the strategic body for workforce development in adult social care in England and Wales.


Regard, which is the UK’s fourth biggest private provider of supported living and residential services for people with learning disabilities, mental health needs and acquired brain injuries, is now through to the final three in the category of ‘Best Employer Support For Registered Managers.’


This award recognises organisations which can demonstrate their commitment to providing excellent support to their registered managers, and Regard earned its place in the shortlist by proving how the support it provides is effective, responsive and robust, and how it benefits other staff.


Regard CEO Sandie Foxall-Smith said: “We also had to provide evidence of how we champion the role of the registered manager and show a commitment to the provision of on-going support.


“We are delighted to receive such public recognition because we strongly believe in ‘growing our own’ when it comes to registered managers.


“While we do sometimes recruit in managers for our services, we have a well-established, proven career path with lots of in-house support which enables people to work their way up the ladder from front-line staff to senior management.


“Our development programme really works, and it’s very gratifying to receive this endorsement from such a well-respected source.”


The Regard Group provides a three-tiered management development programme supporting front-line staff to develop their careers from its ‘Aspirational Leaders’ course, aimed at junior management, to ‘Managing People at Work’ and ‘Inspirational Leaders’ for senior management. 


These programmes combine face-to-face training with self-directed study.  Delegates develop confidence and self-awareness in managing a team, knowledge and skills in motivating and supporting people at work, and a deeper understanding of their role and responsibilities, and are endorsed by the Regard’s board of directors, members of which assess delegates’ final business presentations. 


Regard is also committed to providing Positive Behaviour Training in the form of PROACT-SCIPr-UK training for staff with the support of a sizable Positive Behaviour Support team.


Skills for Care, whose remit is to create a better-led, more skilled and valued adult social care workforce in England and Wales, has been running its annual Accolades scheme since 2003. The awards seek to recognise the achievements of organisations committed to boosting the skills and knowledge of the growing adult social care workforce.


The organisers say the 2017 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.


Skills for Care CEO Sharon Allen said: “Adult social care needs to be much more confident about celebrating the excellence in service provision that happens day in and night out. 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.”


The finalists in the nine categories will find out if they have won an Accolade at a glittering awards ceremony in Birmingham on Thursday 10 March 2016.


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