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< Back to news 18 September, 2014

New Judges Assurance Panel for Great British Care Awards

The Great British Care Awards are now entering their 6th year and continue to be a significant platform for raising the profile of social care and celebrating excellence in the sector. They continue to strive to maintain the very highest standards and demonstrate above all probity in the judging process.

In order to further strengthen the judging process the Great British Care Awards are have invited key sector people to be members of a newly formed Judging Assurance Panel.

The purpose of this will be to oversee the judging process of the Great British Care Awards and other subsidiary events. This will also include:

  • Endorsement of judges to form an agreed list of judges
  • Guidance on the composition of judging panels
  • Nomination process
  • Judging process
  • Complaints regarding the conduct of any elements of the nomination  and/or judging process  
The Panel will convene at least once per year and will consider proposals from the Executive of the Great British Care Awards as to the nomination process, endorsement of judges, guidance on the composition of judging panels and the judging process for the Great British Care Awards and any other subsidiary events.
The Panel will either agree the proposals of the Executive or refer back any issue they consider requires further consideration. In the event of the refer back of any aspects these may be reconsidered by the panel reconvening or via correspondents.

In the event of any complaints regarding the nomination and/or judging process the panel will convene to consider the complaint, any investigation that may be necessary, the conduct of any necessary investigation and the outcome and any action necessary to improve the conduct of the awards.

Confirmed members are  Jane Ashcroft, Chief Executive CBE, Anchor, Professor Martin Green OBE, Chief Executive,  Care England, Tony Hunter, Chief Executive of the Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE) and Dr Glen Mason, Director of People, Communities and Local Government, Department of Health
 
The members of the panel will convene shortly  at the  Department of Health in Whitehall at a meeting hosted by Dr Glen Mason, Director of People, Communities and Local Government, Department of Health
 
Jane Ashcroft CBE, Chief Executive of Anchor, said:  
"The Great British Care Awards have become a hugely important way to recognise the excellent care that takes place day in, day out. They are key dates in the calendar and I'm very honoured to have a role in throwing the spotlight on great care."

Glen Mason, Director of People, Communities and Local Government  said:
"I am delighted to see the formation of the Great British Care Awards Judging Assurance Panel. This is a significant step in ensuring that the highest standards of governance are maintained at all times with these fabulous awards that recognise excellence in the front line of social care"

Tony Hunter, Chief Executive of SCIE said:
"Top quality social care makes a real difference to the lives of people in need of care and support services.  All too often the heroes and heroines remain unsung, so  I am proud to be associated with the Great British Care Awards aimed at giving them hugely deserved recognition."

Lisa Carr, Director of The Great British Care Awards said:
"The Great British Care Awards is now in its sixth year and continues to go from strength to strength.  The number of high quality nominations increases year on year and shortlisting and judging becomes an ever difficult task.  The  Judges Assurance Panel has been set up to ensure that the rigorous shortlisting process remains consistent.  We are delighted and honoured to have some very prestigious figures from the sector as part of the panel to ensure that we continue to recognise the very best in social care."