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Awards honour extraordinary work of Civil Servants

CAB 197/10 
12 November 2010

Last night the Civil Service Awards took place in Buckingham Palace honouring Civil Servants – both in Britain and overseas- who have done something extraordinary to make people’s lives better.

Now in their fifth year these awards celebrate and recognise individuals and teams who have shown outstanding achievement in delivering excellence in public service and showcasing innovation.

The winners include a Governor of a prison who has driven down drug-use and staff sickness, the Free School Meals Project Team who have helped parents to access the service and the Apache Helicopter Team which improved the efficient use of the helicopters in combat.

Sir Gus O'Donnell, Cabinet Secretary and Head of the Civil Service, who presented the awards, said:

“The Civil Service Awards are one of the highlights of the Civil Service calendar. The quality and quantity of nominations has increased year-on-year, and this year we received over 800 entries from a wide range of departments and organisations.

“Listening to the success stories of how civil servants have gone beyond the everyday to help change people’s lives makes me proud to lead the Civil Service. I know many of us are facing challenging and uncertain times but the nominees tonight have showcased how civil servants continue to work with pace and passion to deliver an outstanding service.”

Francis Maude, Minister for the Cabinet Office, who presented the Public Value award added:

“Since May I have been impressed by the dedication, energy and creativity of civil servants.  I am real believer that the British system of a permanent Civil Service is one of the jewels in our constitution and one that is admired throughout the world.  Its values of political impartiality, advancement on merit and public service ethos are to be as cherished and nurtured today as ever.  The teams and individuals who are being recognised this evening epitomise these values and, across the country, have made a huge difference to many people's lives.”

Notes to editors

  1. Details of the winners are below. Further enquiries about each winner should be directed to the press office of their home department. Enquires about the awards themselves should go to the Cabinet office Press Office.

Procurement Award
The Collaborative Procurement Team, Pan-Government Energy Project.
Public sector procurement professionals jointly developed a plan to introduce contracting strategies for electricity and gas and adopt best practice in energy purchasing and this was approved by the Collaborative Category Board early in 2008.

Public Value Award
Apache Helicopter Team, Ministry of Defence.
Based on experience and evidence the team identified a way of carrying out “smarter” servicing of the helicopters which culminated in more flying time for live-saving Apache Helicopters.

Science, Engineering and Technology Award
2050 Pathways Analysis team, Department of Energy and Climate Change.
This project developed the government’s first comprehensive analysis of the practical changes required to deliver the UK’s 80 per cent green house gas emissions reduction target.

Financial Management Award
Business Intelligence Team, Department for Work and Pensions.
The team worked collaboratively to build the department’s Cost Base Model (CBM). This innovative new information system allows DWP to link its inputs to its outputs, using an activity based costing approach.

Leadership Award
Amy Rees, Governing Governor HM Prison Brixton.
Amy Rees reduced staff sickness levels and turnovers and tackled drug problems and self-inflicted deaths. The prison is cleaner and more settled and Amy has made savings and yet improved the regime.

Human Resource Award
Human Resource Department, DVLA

Sustainability Award
Sustainable Procurement Team, HM Revenue and Customs and Home Office.
Worked collaboratively to help influence joint supply chain to improve sustainable operations.

Public Service Award
Free School Meals Project Team, Department for Education.
This cross-government project delivered significant efficiencies to the Online Free School Meals, helping parents access the service to which their children are entitled.

Communication Award
Karen McLuskie for Speed Sisters, Foreign and Commonwealth Office.
Karen’s communications project aimed at communicating a more modern, dynamic image of the UK in the build-up to the 2010 Olympics. Karen’s project centred on the creation and support of an all women race car team in Palestine has generated unprecedented positive press coverage.

Innovation Award
National Housing Trust Initiative, Scottish Government.
The National Housing Trust initiative (NHT), developed and governed jointly between public and private sectors, transformed the public sector funding of affordable homes.

Knowledge Management and Analysis Award
Train Accident Reporting Database & Investigation System, Department for Transport.
The Rail Accident Investigation Branch (RAIB) working with SfT’s Application Development and Support Team (ADST), specified, developed and implemented a bespoke database for managing/analysing investigation known as Train Accident Reporting Database & Investigation System (TARDIS).

Project and Programme Management Award
Corporate Transformation Programme, Department for Education and Department for Work and Pensions.
The two departments established a partnership to implement an integrated HR, finance and procurement Oracle Resource Management system. Efficiencies have been achieved through the standardisation and simplification of core corporate functions as well as reducing the costs associated with delivering them.


Collaboration Award
Civil Service West Midlands Vacancies Pilot Team, Government Office for the West Midlands.
This pilot project agreed and implemented a process that would allow staff to apply for any internal post, regardless of their grade or department. This had not been done before in the Civil Service.

More for Less Award
ReSwift Team - Mathew Mann and Jason Coeur-de-Lion, HMRC.
The team developed a tool called ReSwift to improve the internal and external customer service provided for tax repayment claims. Re-Swift is an ‘on-screen’ version of an ‘R40 tax repayment form’.

Diversity & Equality Award
Shaun Collins, HM Prison Service.

Cabinet Secretary Award
Individual winner: Amy Rees, HM Prison Service.
Amy Rees reduced staff sickness levels and turnovers and tackled drug problems and self-inflicted deaths. The prison is cleaner and more settled and Amy has made savings and yet improved the regime.

Team winners: Collaborative Procurement team, Pan-Government Energy.
Public sector procurement professionals jointly developed a plan to introduce contracting strategies for electricity and gas and adopt best practice in energy purchasing and this was approved by the Collaborative Category Board early in 2008.

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