Council’s prize for elderly care

A top social work prize has been awarded to Midlothian Council for its pioneering work with older people.

The prize was presented at the Scottish Social Services Council Care Accolades 2011, which showcase the very best of the care sector across the country.

The Paisley ceremony, attended by more than 200 people, was presented by media personality Kaye Adams. Midlothian Council scooped the Chair’s Award – a winner chosen from all of the finalists which the Chair feels demonstrates innovation and excellence – for its person centred approach to older people and carers.

Introduced over the past four years, the SSSC said the programme had delivered “radically improved outcomes”.

Cabinet member for social work Councillor Jackie Aitchison (Lab) said: “For our transformation of older people’s services to be selected out of all the care accolade finalists for the Chair’s Award is fantastic recognition.

“This is however a journey of improvement and we are very pleased to have moved so far so quickly. There is still a lot to be done.

“Our key priorities over the next few years are the implementation of national strategies on dementia and support for family carers.

“As well as local priorities to reduce social isolation and develop services to assist with practical tasks around the home.

“This award is truly a mark of excellence, especially considering we have been selected out of 150 care accolade nominees and 17 finalists.

“ Receiving a special commendation in the adults and older people category indicates that this is very special work we are conducting.”

Angela Constance, Minister for Children and Young People, said: “In social services a fundamental resource in this complex and difficult area is the workforce.

“Every day thousands of families are supported and thousands of lives improved by the work they do.

“The Care Accolades gives us the opportunity to highlight and celebrate the excellent and innovative work they do day in day out on our behalf. Today’s winners and finalists – as well as all those who applied – rightly deserve the highest praise.”