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Link Officer Awards – winners announced

28 October 2016

Link Officer AwardsResearch in Practice for Adults (RiPfA) is pleased to announce the winners of the annual Link Officer Awards. The awards recognised those Link Officers within the Partnership network who have made an outstanding effort to support learning and development and to embed evidence-informed practice within their organisation.  

The winners were presented with their awards at the Link Officers Annual Meeting by RiPfA Assistant Director, Lisa Smith. Congratulations to award winners including:

Link Officer of the Year

Laura Kirkham, Lancashire County Council

The Link Officer of the Year embeds evidence-informed practice at all levels across the workforce. They encourage colleagues to engage with RiPfA resources; they communicate and provide feedback between RiPfA and our Partners to help improve practice; and they really stand out as a champion of evidence-informed practice.

Newcomer of the Year

Shalina Chandoo, Peterborough City Council

The Newcomer of the Year is an up-and-coming Link Officer who has made outstanding progress in their new role to actively support colleagues to engage with RiPfA resources.

Online Champion

Emma Maddock, Bristol City Council

The Online Champion encourages learning and development online by helping colleagues understand, use and make the most of resources and support on the RiPfA website.

Learning Champion

John Griffin, Lincolnshire County Council

The Learning Champion goes the extra mile to embed RiPfA resources into wider learning and development activities. They embed learning into inductions and appraisals; share information with colleagues; set development objectives and ensure effective use of the Tailored Support allocation.

Network Champion

Sally Nieman, London Borough of Camden

The Network Champion works proactively with their Strategic Champion, Principal Social Worker and wider colleagues to disseminate resources and raise awareness, as well as sharing learning across the RiPfA network.

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