We are very excited to announce the shortlisted finalists for the iNetwork Innovation Awards 2021.This year we received a high number of outstanding nominations and this made it very difficult for the judges to shortlist just a few. All nominated projects demonstrated how working differently in an innovative way can positively result in better outcomes.

Congratulations to all the organisations and teams that have been involved in the shortlisted projects. We would also like to offer a special thanks to everyone involved in submitting a nomination, to members that voted for the projects and to our judges for their time and expertise.

The shortlisted finalists within each category are as follows:

Transforming and Innovating Public Services

– Greater Manchester Combined Authority – Greater Manchester Early Years Integrated Solution
– Greater Manchester Combined Authority and Partners – Safer Streets Fund R3 Programme
– North Lincolnshire Council – Digital Discharge to Assess (Hospital to Home)
– North Yorkshire County Council – Household Support Fund 

Connected Procurement & Commissioning Award

– Lancaster City Council – Salt Ayre Leisure Centre Decarbonisation Project
– Manchester City Council – Manchester Early Intervention and Prevention Services for Children with Learning Disabilities and or Autism
– Strategic Procurement Group, Yorkshire and Humberside – YORtender 3 Implementation

Effective Information Sharing & Security Award

– Bolton Care Partnership – Access to Clinical Correspondence within a Shared Care Record
– Bradford District Care NHS FT – BDCFT Robotic Process Automation Team
– Greater Manchester Combined Authority – Greater Manchester Early Years Integrated Solution
– National Anti Fraud Network – National Register of Licensing Refusals and Revocations – NR3

iStandUK Award

– Department for Work and Pensions – Disabled Parking Blue Badge Scheme
– Improvement Service – The Scottish Street Gazetteer
– Knowsley Metropolitan Borough Council – An innovative digital solution to improve the quality of EHC Plans for children and young people
– National Anti Fraud Network – National Register of Licensing Refusals and Revocations – NR3 

Partner Excellence Award

– CC2i – Digital Discharge to Assess
– NDL – Covid19 local test booking, administration and reporting solution
– Oldham Safer Streets Partnership – Safer Streets Fund R3 Programme

All qualifying nominations into the above categories were given the option to also submit into the COVID-19 Response & Recovery Recognition Award. This award recognises the response and recovery to the unprecedented challenges brought by the COVID-19 pandemic. More information can be found on the awards categories page. The shortlisted finalists for this category are as follows:

COVID-19 Response & Recovery Recognition Award 

– Thrive by Design – Inclusive Digital Transformation
– Wigan Council – Post-Shielding Focused Support
– Wigan Council – Reservist Model & Workforce Transformation

Alongside the above mentioned award categories, we are also very excited to share that we have shortlisted the finalists for our Outstanding Contribution Award. The Outstanding Contribution Award is iNetwork’s top award. This recognises the overall contribution that iNetwork members have made to the iNetwork partnership each year. Many factors are taken into account, such as the level of engagement with iNetwork, willingness to support the wider partnership by volunteering their knowledge and expertise, hosting and participating in events. Every iNetwork member organisation is automatically considered for this award. This year’s top five finalists are:

– Bradford District Care NHS FT
– Greater Manchester Combined Authority
– Oldham Council
– St Helens Council
– Wigan Council

All finalists (excluding the Outstanding Contribution finalists) will create a two minute video to showcase their innovative project which will highlight and share their excellent work. All project videos will also be considered for the Most Creative Video Award, which recognises the originality and ingenuity to create inspired, fun, and/or impactful video content. The winner of this award will be announced at the awards dinner and ceremony.

The iNetwork Innovation Awards are now in their eighth year and we have seen a number of great projects put forward for each award over the years. Details of all the previous award winners and finalists can be found on our website. Due to the pandemic, last year’s ceremony was hosted virtually. Whilst it was a great online event, we missed celebrating with winners and finalists in-person; we are therefore pleased to announce the return to a glittering awards ceremony and dinner on Thursday 19th May 2022.

We are impressed by the number of quality nominations for this year’s awards. All the nominations make great case studies of what can be achieved in the public sector and they all deserve recognition. All nominees are invited to present their projects at the Innovation Awards Showcase on 26th May 2022. This is a one-day online conference for others to hear about your nomination in more detail, please also pencil this date in your diary. Watch this space for more details about this in due course.

We wish all award finalists the best of luck with their nominations and look forward to seeing all our members at the awards ceremony. 

You can find out about each of the shortlisted finalist projects on the iNetwork website – Innovation Awards Finalists 2021.

This blog was written by Mevish Khalid and Tom Hindmarch