Wednesday 4 October 2006
West Lothian Community Health & Care Partnerships - winner of Local Government IT Excellence Award
West Lothian Community Health & Care Partnerships' C-me project has been named as the winner of the Intellect, Socitm and Solace Local Government IT Excellence Awards 2006.
The judging panel selected C-me from 29 nominees for this year's award because it offers clear and measurable benefits to citizens, public sector bodies and practitioners.
C-me was developed to improve the delivery of services to the children of West Lothian through the development of a shared information system between West Lothian Council Social Services, NHS Lothian, West Lothian Education Schools and Services, Lothian and Borders Police and the Scottish Children's Reporters Office. C-me enables secure sharing of concerns and information electronically between all professionals providing children's services plus delivery of the components of electronic shared assessment. Within a clear framework of consent, C-me also facilitates integrated assessment by supporting and proving the concept of an electronic shared assessment.
The announcement was made at Socitm's annual conference in Harrogate, and the award presented by Charles Ward, chief operating officer of Intellect and chair of the awards judging panel.
Commenting on the winning project Ward said, "In their eleventh year, the Local Government IT Excellence Awards continue to recognise local government projects which, through the innovative and effective use of technology, deliver excellence in public services.
"As technology has improved over the last eleven years, so have the quality of entries, and I'm happy to say that this year's winner continues that trend. C-me is an example of true IT excellence, using technology to share information between practitioners, and ultimately to deliver a higher standard of care for citizens."
Runner Up - Hertfordshire County Council - eAdmissions
eAdmissions, a National Project led by Hertfordshire County Council is succeeding in delivering a new e-service. From September 2006, citizens in England will be able to apply for their child's school place online. In 2005, 58 percent of Hertfordshire parents applied online proving this a popular service channel.
eAdmissions is delivering a supportive and collaborative programme framework to assist each of the 150 local authority project teams, including coordinating issue and risk management, conducting research, providing recommendations for best practice, and facilitating experience sharing and supplier management. Most importantly, the project has maintained excellent two-way communication throughout including the provision of implementation and marketing support help desks.
Highly Commended - East Riding of Yorkshire Council - BEARS
In a drive to improve customer access, usability and increase efficiency for the management of all events, facilities and activities, East Riding of Yorkshire Council embarked on an ambitious programme to adopt a standard delivery vehicle, named BEARS (Booking Events And Resource Systems). The programme also needed to address access by community based partners and facilitate the 'exercise referral programme' that will deliver a groundbreaking partnership between the primary care trust (PCT) and the East Riding of Yorkshire Council.