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Council wins innovation award

14 March 2016

Sheffield City Council has received an award for innovation for its work to support public services and local community organisations to work better together to improve health and wellbeing.

The authority competed against 131 finalists in 14 categories at this year’s Public Procurement awards, which took place in Manchester on Tuesday, 8 March.

It received the Innovation or Initiative of the Year award for its work to involve local organisations, groups and the voluntary sector in designing and delivering support to help people stay well.

Councillor Mary Lea, cabinet member for health and independent living at Sheffield City Council, explained: “We want to do everything we can to help Sheffield people be independent, safe and well, and reduce pressure on health care services. Community organisations and people on the ground really know their communities, and we want to help them use their local knowledge and experience to make even more of a difference.

“We have developed a new way of investing in local action that encourages and rewards collaboration between organisations – large and small. The council and the NHS Sheffield Clinical Commissioning Group will use the framework to invest in more local action to improve health and wellbeing.”

Sheffield City Council was also shortlisted for a Corporate Social Responsibility and Sustainability award for its work to commission support for young people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or other gender or sexual identities (LGBT+).

Leroy Williamson, Charity Manager, at SAYiT which delivers the service said: “The local authority began this process with one goal in mind, to provide the best service possible for LGBT+ young people in Sheffield.

“Their approach to tendering allowed us to think freely and creatively, including an extensive amount of added value for money. It has been both refreshing and encouraging to see the council officers take this approach and I hope more commissioning of services can follow this practice.”

Councillor Ben Curran, cabinet member of resources at Sheffield City Council, oversees council commissioning. He said: “We commission services to get the best for the people of Sheffield and I’m very proud that our hard work has been recognised nationally.

“We’ve got a great team who continuously look for new and better ways to commission services. This includes developing novel and innovative approaches. I want to thank all those involved for their hard work to delivering important community services.”

Grahame Steed, Chair of the Go Awards judging panel, said: “Sheffield City Council carried out a bold and imaginative approach to one of the biggest commercial challenges faced by local government, and the inventiveness they employed is admirable.

“They are now at the forefront of some of the challenges that are currently high on the Government’s agenda and have flexibility in awarding contracts via a single framework for the key theme of People Keeping Well.”

Extra notes:

Sheffield City Council plans to commission up to £5.2million worth of services from its new ‘People Keeping Well’ framework over the next three to five years.

People Keeping Well is an important strand of Sheffield’s approach to integrating Health and Social Care Services through its ambitious Better Care Fund Integrated Commissioning Programme.

The council has encouraged ‘Community Partnerships’ to set up and bid to join the framework – made up of small and large groups such as local community, voluntary and faith organisations, working with local health services. The authority will specify what it wants to achieve when commissioning through the framework and will ask the partnerships to come up with the best way of doing this.

The full title of the award won is the GO Procurement Innovation or Initiative of the Year Award – Local Government and Consortia (Framework).