Link Officer Awards - winners announced

09 October 2017

Link Officer AwardsResearch in Practice for Adults (RiPfA) is pleased to announce the winners of the annual Link Officer Awards. The awards recognise 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 (LOAM). Congratulations to award winners including:

  • Link Officer of the Year - David Till, London Borough of Lambeth
    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.
  • Newcomers of the Year - Tim Gray, Elizabeth Uwadiae and Sue Heeley, London Borough of Croydon 
    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.
  • Learning Champion - Joe Staines, Peterborough City Council 
    The Learning Champion goes the extra mile to embed RiPfA resources into your team’s 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 - Rebecca Spurrell, Cheshire East Council
    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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