Winners of Link Officer Awards announced

22 October 2019

Link Officer Awards

Research in Practice for Adults are pleased to announce the winners of the annual Link Officer Awards.

Each year we celebrate the work of the Link Officers who work hard to support learning and development, and champion evidence-informed practice. The winners were presented with their awards at the Link Officers’ Annual Meeting. Congratulations to the following:

  • Link Officer of the Year – Tania Blythe, Cambridgeshire County Council

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

  • Newcomer of the Year – Jo Hopkins and Richard Orson, North Somerset Council

Within the last year which new Link Officer has embraced all things evidence-informed? The Newcomer of the Year is a rising Link Officer who has made outstanding progress in their new role to actively support colleagues to engage with Research in Practice for Adults resources.

  • Learning Champion – Angela McEvilly, Isle of Wight Council

The Learning Champion goes the extra mile to embed 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 – Eve McIlmoyle, Reading Borough 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 Research in Practice for Adults network.

  • Implementation Champion – Lisa Dibsdall and Kim Holmes, Wiltshire Council

Sustaining and maintaining organisational engagement with evidence-informed practice over a number of years takes tenacity, determination and creative ability. The Implementation Champion keeps Research in Practice for Adults firmly on the learning and development agenda at their organisation for some time. They tirelessly make sure that newly qualified staff access resources and longstanding colleagues are made aware of the materials that will support their day-to-day practice.

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