Link Officer Awards – winners announced

06 November 2017

Link Officer AwardsResearch in Practice (RiP) 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

  • Shelley Caldwell (Gold) – North Somerset County Council
  • Jo Wood (Silver) – Cafcass

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

Network Champion

  • Alex Woods (Gold) – Warrington Borough Council
  • Sharon Scott (Silver) – Lewisham 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 RiP network.

Learning Champion

  • Nuala McGee (Gold) – Cumbria County Council
  • Natasha Pearce (Silver) – London Borough of Sutton

The Learning Champion goes the extra mile to embed RiP resources into the 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.

Newcomer of the Year

  • Jacqui Westbury (Gold) – Southampton City Council
  • Darren Shaw (Silver) – Dudley Metropolitan Borough Council
  • Ruth Le-Gresley (Silver) – States of Jersey

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 RiP resources.

Implementation Champion

  • Ania Pine (Gold) – Cambridgeshire County Council
  • Monalesia Earle (Silver) – Waltham Forest 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 RiP 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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