WECIL client Hayley Hellings paid tribute to her PAs (personal assistants), when asked how she felt about being a 2015/16 Skills for Care Accolade Finalist. PAs Amy Dudbridge and Tasha Bowkett attended the Birmingham awards ceremony with Hayley in March. Hayley accessed WECIL’s ‘Skills for Care’ training, and uses our Direct Payments Support Service to support her obligations as an employer. She was nominated for an Accolade by WECIL’s Sarah Bryson - and was one of three finalists for ‘Best Individual Employer who employs their own staff.’
Best of the Best
The Skills for Care Accolades reward adult social care organisations and individual employers in England for their commitment to delivering high quality care and developing their workforce. The Accolade recognises exceptional work and shares best practice across the sector. “Winning an Accolade shows you are the best of the best,” say Skills for Care. “It gives those working in adult social care a chance to show what you’ve achieved. It gives teams a rare and very public opportunity to pat themselves on the back for their work in improving the lives of people who need care and support.”
“Hayley leads by example.”
Hayley has employed personal assistants for the past 12 years. She was applauded for her commitment to their development, for supportive communication, and leading by example in sharing her own training and good practice. “They’ve helped me.” said Hayley. “If they didn’t do their job so well, I wouldn’t be able to do what I do. It’s definitely a two-way thing.”
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