Solihull Together 2017 Award winners announced

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It was celebrations all round as we announced the winners of the third annual Solihull Together Awards at an inspiring ceremony in the Renewal Conference Centre on Friday 31 March.

Established in 2015, the Awards celebrate outstanding work by individuals and organisations from across the borough that support vulnerable and frail people in Solihull.

This year's awards were opened by Cllr Bob Sleigh OBE, Leader of Solihull Council and hosted by the Rt Hon Jacqui Smith, Interim Chair, Heart of England NHS Foundation Trust.

Dr Patrick Brooke, Accountable Officer for Solihull Clinical Commissioning Group and Chair of the Solihull Together programme said:“Through these Awards we celebrate the dedication of professionals who bring about improvements in care and the passion of local people making a difference in their communities. Each year it is a real privilege to meet the finalists and winners and hear their stories. What they are doing, whether in a professional or voluntary capacity, to improve the quality of people’s lives, is amazing and inspiring. We have a lot to be proud of in Solihull.”

Award Nominations - Full Terms and Conditions

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  • Entry to the Solihull Together 2018 Awards is free.
  • You may submit nominations for as many award categories as you wish.
  • You may submit as many nominations per category as you wish.
  • Nominees should be people, groups or organisations based in, or supplying services to, the borough of Solihull. For the purpose of these awards this can include people and organisations who either pay council tax to Solihull MBC or who pay business rates to Solihull MBC; or people who are registered with Solihull GP practices; or people or organisations who may be based outside the Solihull MBC area, but provide services to adults living in Solihull.
  • No entries will be accepted after the closing deadline of 12 noon on Monday 5 February 2018.
  • Solihull Together Board members and their immediate families are not eligible to be nominated for any award category. This also applies to members of the judging panel. Board Members can however, nominate individuals and organisations for Award categories. 
  • By entering these awards nominees are agreeing to their submissions being used for publicity purposes before during and after the awards.
  • Winners of the Solihull Together 2018 Awards agree that case studies developed after the Awards ceremony can be used for promotional purposes.
  • The Solihull Together Awards are judged by a panel of independent judges. The judging panel reserves the right to reclassify or reject any entry that does not comply with the requirements of these Terms and Conditions. No feedback will be given on individual entries. 
  • The Judges' decision is final and no correspondence or discussions will be entered into regarding the Award decisions 
  • By submitting a nomination you are deemed to have accepted these terms and conditions
  • By attending the Awards ceremony as a guest or finalist, you are agreeing to your photograph being taken or image recorded which may be used for publicity purposes following the event.
  • We reserve the right to alter or amend these terms and conditions as and when we consider it necessary 

If you're ready to start your nomination, click here. Good luck!

Return of Awards celebrating better lives in Solihull

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It's time to get nominating again for the Solihull Together awards.  Now in their third year, these awards celebrate the achievements of individuals and organisations who are working together to make life better for adults in Solihull. Submit a nomination today and say thank you to people who deserve recognition for providing outstanding care and support.

AIB 5487 Solihull Together Awards 2017 web banner extended 600pxwThe 11 award categories include two new categories this year. The Solihull Together Local Hero award recognises people who are making a difference to adults living in Solihull and are doing this work in an unpaid or voluntary capacity. The second new category, The Solihull Together Inspiring Leader award, recognises individuals who are making change happen, at any level of their organisation.

Dr Patrick Brooke, Accountable Officer for Solihull CCG and Chair of the Solihull Together Programme Board said: “It’s really exciting to see how these awards have grown since we established them in 2015. During the past two years the awards have helped to uncover many inspiring stories of people who are working hard to improve the lives of Solihull residents. As we launch the Solihull Together 2017 Awards I’m looking forward to hearing many more stories of outstanding and innovative work across the borough.

“In particular, this year, we want to hear about people and teams in the public, private and voluntary sectors who are making life better for vulnerable and frail adults in Solihull.”

Cllr Ken Meeson, Chair of Solihull’s Health and Wellbeing Board, and member of the Awards independent judging panel, added: “Please think about who you could nominate. Is there an unsung hero in your local community? Perhaps you, or a family member, have had a great experience of care and support which has made life better or easier. Or maybe you’ve received care from an individual, or team, who has gone the extra mile and provided an amazing service.”

Full details of all the award categories and online nomination forms - includng top tips to help you write a eye-catching submission. if you want some inspiration from previous winners, have a look at 2015 or 2016 case studies.

Nominations close at midday, Monday 6th March

The Solihull Together 2017 Awards ceremony will take place on Friday 31st March at the Renewal Conference Centre, Solihull.


Top Tips for a great nomination

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1.   First impressions count - ensure your first paragraph stands out
2.   Personalise it - add the human factor (how did you help patients, make someone’s workday easier)
3.   Add some sparkle - use exciting words to describe your project (involve your communications team if you have one) and use plain English
4.   The ordinary can sometimes be extraordinary - don’t assume that what you are doing is standard practice
5.   Back to school - always read the exam paper (criteria and instructions) twice
6.   State the obvious - remember you know your project in detail, the judges don’t
7.   Cut out the waffle - make your points precise (use bullet points and sub-headings)
8.   Evidence your answer - the more facts to help your project stand out the better
9.   Make it easy for the judges - use the criteria in your response
10. Finish on a high - always finish with a strong conclusion. What was your biggest achievement?

If you're ready to start your nomination now, click here.

Good luck!

Award Categories

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Before you submit your nomination for the Solihull Together 2018 Awards please read the criteria for each category.  The link to the online nomination form is below the criteria.

1. The Solihull Together Local Hero award (presented by Solihull Observer)

This award is for an individual or small group who have had a big impact on the lives of family members, neighbours or their local community. The award recognises residents (such as carers or volunteers) who are working in a personal or voluntary capacity with vulnerable and frail adults in Solihull. 

2. The Solihull Together Care Professional of the Year *

This award is for an outstanding social care professional (eg social worker, care worker, support worker) who works, in a paid capacity, with adults in Solihull.

3. The Solihull Together Health Professional of the Year *

This award is for an outstanding health care worker (eg healthcare assistant, nurse, therapist, mental health professional, doctor), who works, in a paid capacity, with adults in Solihull.

4. The Solihull Together Care Team of the Year

This award is for a team that has made an outstanding contribution to caring for adults in Solihull. This award is open to the public and private sector, professional and voluntary groups and includes teams who provide care at home, in a care home or other setting.

5. The Solihull Together Primary Care Service of the Year

This award celebrates innovation in care for adult patients. It is open to providers of primary care including GP surgeries, pharmacies, dentists and opticians.

6. The Solihull Together award for collaborative working

This award is open to any partnership or project which involves two or more organisations, groups or societies working together to support adults in Solihull. It is open to all types of organisation including private, public sector and voluntary groups.

7. The Solihull Together award for outstanding community project

This award is for an innovative project delivered in a community setting, which supports vulnerable and frail adults. This category is open to all types of organisation including voluntary groups and private or public sector organisations. It is also open to individuals.

8. The Solihull Together award for outstanding customer care

This award is open to individuals, voluntary, public and private sector teams or organisations that provide a great customer experience for adults in Solihull. This could include providing care for someone in a crisis situation.

9. The Solihull Together Inspiring Leader award *

This award celebrates the most inspirational individuals, at any level of an organisation, who have demonstrated leadership and have kept colleagues motivated in the face of challenges and changes. It is open to all types of organisations supporting adults in Solihull.

10. The Solihull Together Chairman’s Award

This is a discretionary award chosen by the judging panel for any nominee who has demonstrated outstanding commitment to improving the lives of adults in Solihull.  No nominations are required for this award.

*All categories marked with an asterisk are for individuals only.

If you're ready to start your nomination now, click here. Good luck!

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