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Winners of Link Officer Awards announced

26 September 2018

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

Each year the awards celebrate the achievements of our Link Officers who play such a key role in supporting learning and development, and championing evidence-informed practice within their organisations. 

The winners were presented with their awards at the Link Officers' Annual Meeting (LOAM) and we would like to congratulate the following: 

  • Link Officer of the Year – Shannon Oak, Swindon Borough 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 stand out as a champion of evidence-informed practice. 

  • Newcomer of the Year – Claire Creedon, Hertfordshire County 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 RiPfA resources. 

  • Learning Champion – Laura Clark, Isle of Wight 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 – Melanie Pearce, Oxfordshire County 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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