Innovation Awards 2014

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As part of the iNetwork 10th Annual Winter Conference in 2014, we celebrated innovation and excellence in the ways public services are responding to public need and tightening budgets with our inaugural Innovation Awards.

iNetwork members were invited to nominate outstanding people, groups, initiatives and business, aligned with the core iNetwork communities. We received an outstanding 41 nominations from Local Authorities, Fire and Rescue and NHS services from across the North of England. We welcomed the three finalists from each award category to the Innovation Awards Ceremony and Dinner on the 26 November, 2014 and announced the winner that evening.

What an evening!

Each finalist produced a 1 minute video of their nomination which can be viewed below. The award winners and finalists for each category included:

EFFECTIVE SERVICE REDESIGN AND REFORM AWARD (ESR2) – Celebrating success in whole service design that involve multi-service systems thinking, design led initiatives, customer centric change and demand management.

WINNER Tameside Council: Operations and Greenspace
Faced with the challenge of a 42% budget reduction in the last three years the service has had to radically redesign itself radically. This has been achieved by integrating two important agendas (crime and worklessness, and demand reduction), whilst maintaining its core purpose. In partnership with the Probation Service Community Payback Team, and the Council’s Youth Offending and Routes to Work (Learning Disability) teams some 20,000 unpaid hours have been committed, positively engaging with individuals who often struggle to adjust to the demands of being in a work environment, allowing standards to be maintained.
Wigan Council: The Deal for Adult Social Care
Cheshire West and Chester Council: West Cheshire Integrated Early Support Service
The ESR2 finalists video can be seen here:

INNOVATIVE ACCESS TO PUBLIC SERVICES AWARD (IAPS) – Celebrating success in improving public facing front line services including channel migration, mobile working, customer insight and business intelligence, open data, social media and systems integration.

WINNER Cheshire and Wirral Partnership NHS Foundation Trust:
MyMind was the first NHS Cheshire & Wirral Partnership NHS Trust Child & Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS) website designed by young people with mental health difficulties for young people and their families. The development of the site in partnership with young people has ensured that it meets their needs. The fantastic resources on the site have been developed in response to young people’s requests.
Trafford Council: Trafford Innovation and Intelligence Lab
Tameside Council: Integrated Need Assessments
The IAPS finalists video can be seen here: 

EXCELLENCE IN INFORMATION SHARING AND SECURITY AWARD (EISS) – Celebrating success in secure sharing and use of personal information to deliver more effective and efficient services for service users.

WINNER Cheshire & Merseyside Fire & Rescue with the Chief Fire Officers Association: Fire prevention in Cheshire & Merseyside
Work undertaken in Cheshire and Merseyside Fire and Rescue Services (FRS) has seen both authorities developing bespoke targeted services that make clients safer from fire and increase the chances of the uptake in services improving health and social care outcomes. In 2013 due to National Health reforms, Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service had to re-apply to NHS England to renew their existing data sharing agreement dating back to 2007, which had been with local PCTs. The renewal was through the local Commissioning Support Group which was co-terminus with Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service. Since 2013 significant gains have been made and Sir Bruce Keogh, Caldicott Guardian for NHS England has written to CFOA supporting the project in reaching a successful conclusion
IEG4 Ltd and Stockport Council: Multi Agency Working in Stockport
Bradford Metropolitan District Council: Information Assurance Services Bradford Council
The EISS finalists video can be seen here:

CONNECTED PROCUREMENT AWARD– Celebrating success in public procurement and commissioning, in particular for delivering social value, cross sector benefits and whole supply chain improvements.

WINNER AGMA: Savings and Social Value through collaborative procurement of Postal Services
This project was a collaborative tender exercise for Postal Services involving 4 councils from Greater Manchester plus Transport for
Greater Manchester. The key achievements of the project included significant savings of over £700k across the authorities involved in the project, the creation of 100 jobs for residents of Greater Manchester and a commitment to focus recruitment activity so as to employ staff from the more deprived areas within the GM area and from the cohort of unemployed that suffers from a low level of academic achievement.
Manchester City Council: Maximising Impact of Procurement Spend
Oldham Council: Oldham Floating Support Partnership
The Connected Procurement finalists video can be seen here:


The LeGSB award was given in recognition of ground breaking work that demonstrates thought leadership and real benefits through the
effective use of information and information standards.

WINNER Trafford: Greater Manchester Data Synchronisation Project
The GMDSP is a groundbreaking initiative aiming to standardise the way that data is released across multiple public sector organisations. The way that we prepared the data means that our data can be linked to data held in other organisations’ databases, such as Ordnance Survey, or Office for National Statistics. This makes it extremely powerful, in terms of being able to explore data. In the first phase of the programme, Trafford, Salford and Manchester Councils worked together, with FutureEverything, to identify and publish datasets suitable for release as open data. See

The LeGSB winners video can be seen here:


WINNER Cheshire & Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service with Chief Fire Officers Association:
Fire prevention in Cheshire & Merseyside

Innovation Awards 2014 Sponsors: 

IEG4 new    Egress 


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