Winners of Link Officer Awards announced

13 November 2018

Research in PracticeResearch in Practice 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

  • Gold: Verity Sutcliffe, Devon County Council
  • Silver: Jaqui Westbury, Southamption City Council

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 stand out as a champion of evidence-informed practice.

Newcomer of the Year

  • Gold: Sarah Franklin, Lincolnshire County Council
  • Silver: Sarbjeet Bhambra, Coventry City Council
  • Silver: Louise Bartlett and Annie Draper, Bournemouth and Poole 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 RiP resources.

Learning Champion

  • Gold: Dominique Augustin, Harrow London Borough Council
  • Silver: Kayleigh Forrington, North East Lincolnshire Council

The Learning Champion goes the extra mile to embed RiP 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

  • Gold: Lisa Taylor, Lincolnshire County Council
  • Silver: Debbie Cookson and team, Lancashire 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 RiP network.

Implementation Champion

  • Gold: Martin Clarke, The Adolescent and Children's Trust (TACT)
  • Silver: Andrea Cahill, Kent County Council
  • Silver: Mick Currey, Blackpool Borough 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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