Vocational Rehabilitation Awards 2020
Recognising good practice in vocational rehabilitation

Thank you for taking the time to enable us to give this much-deserved recognition for all the valuable work that our members do to support others and to recognise the good practice in the vocational rehabilitation industry.  Last year’s award winners have been telling us about their work here to inspire you and we’ve shared their top tips below.

 

Not sure whether to enter? Our Vice-Chair Chris Parker shares why she thinks the awards are so important here.

IMPORTANT for all categories 

  • At the time of the application, nominees must be members of the VRA, but nominators do not have to be members.  In the case of a team or project nomination, at least one member of the team involved should be a member.
  • Each nomination must be on the correct form for the category.
  • All applications must conform with GDPR. Other than the nominee and any nominator, no individual should be identified within the nomination or the appendices (e.g. client/ patient/ customer/ service user/ colleague etc).
  • Submissions can be supported by testimonials (in an appendix) which are extra to any indicative word count. Testimonials external to the company carry more weight. However, these appendices should not contain any of the ‘case’ for the nomination (i.e. they should not be used to extend word count facility as they are merely supporting key elements).
  • Any appendices should be incorporated at the end of the nomination form and if this involves pasting scanned documents, they must be legible and clear.
  • Awards are decided at the discretion of the judging panel and all decisions are final. 

There are four award categories:

You can make as many different nominations as you wish. Each nominator will need to access 3 of the documents (the guidance document, a category-specific nomination form, and a category-specific score sheet).

We will expect each nomination to come through on email to enquiries@vrassociation.org.uk – as one document per nomination. You can scan any additional appendices into that one document.

You can download a copy of the guidance here.

 

VR Practitioner

  • Criteria for Nomination:
    • This award is open to individuals practising in any aspect of VR in the UK including advisors, case managers and assessors.
    • Previous winners in the practitioner category are not eligible to be nominated again in this category.
    • The winner will receive a year’s free individual VRA membership and be featured on our website and the VRA Newsletter.
  • Click here to download a nomination form. 
    • Complete the form, scan any additional appendices into the same document and submit via email to enquiries@vrassociation.org.uk.
  • Click here to download the judging score sheet.

VR Innovation, Research or Education (project)

  • Criteria for Nomination:
    • This award is open to entries from any individual or organisation in the UK and may include services, products, projects that contribute to the education of practitioners, or research that adds to the evidence base.
    • Nominators may include but are not limited to providers, purchasers and employers. Self-nominations are welcome.
    • The winner will be featured on our website and in the VRA Newsletter.
    • Any innovation, research, or education project that has previously won, in either of these categories, cannot be reconsidered for a period of three years. However, the organisation and/or individual responsible are welcome to submit entries for other work.
  • Click here to download a nomination form. 
    • Complete the form, scan any additional appendices into the same document and submit via email to enquiries@vrassociation.org.uk.
  • Click here to download the judging score sheet.

VR Student

  • Criteria for Nomination:
    • This category is open to any UK student member of the VRA or recent graduates submitting on the basis of their work whilst a student: individuals who have not yet worked in VR at a professional level, have little or no experience in the field and limited income as a result of VR related studies.
    • This includes those studying at any level including BTEC, diploma, undergraduate and postgraduate education.
    • Nominators may include but are not limited to tutors, providers, purchasers and employers. Self-nominations are also welcome.
    • The winner will be featured on our website and in the VRA Newsletter.
  • Click here to download a nomination form
    • Complete the form, scan any additional appendices into the same document and submit via email to enquiries@vrassociation.org.uk.
  • Click here to download the judging score sheet.

VR Team

  • Criteria for Nomination:
    • This award is open to teams practising in any aspect of VR in the UK. The focus is on teamwork and collaboration and how this facilitates effective and professional VR.
    • The winning team will be featured on our website and in the VRA Newsletter.
  • Click here to download a nomination form
    • Complete the form, scan any additional appendices into the same document and submit via email to enquiries@vrassociation.org.uk.
  • Click here to download the judging score sheet.

Timeline:

Submission deadline – 5pm, Friday 2nd October 

Award ceremony – 11-1pm, 6th November on zoom!

Shortlisted candidates will be notified so that they have time to make arrangements to prepare for the awards ceremony.