News release

Date: 18th November 2010

Finalists announced in the e-Government National Awards 2010

Expert judging panel chooses 79 top public sector technology projects across eleven categories

November 18th 2010 - The finalists have been chosen in this year’s e-Government National Awards.

The UK’s most closely watched public sector technology awards, supported by the Prime Minister David Cameron, recognise excellence and innovation in digital initiatives in national and local government, the NHS, education and the third sector.

The Awards ceremony, attended by ministers, top-civil servants and technology experts from the public and private sectors, will be held on Thursday 20 January at the London Guildhall.

Prime Minister David Cameron said: “The e-Government National Awards recognise some of the brilliant work done by digital specialists working across national and local government. One of our big ambitions is to make government more transparent, open and accountable and digital communications will play a massive part in that. I congratulate all the nominees and encourage all digital specialists across the public sector to follow their good example and innovation.”

John Suffolk, Award judge and the Government's Chief Information Officer, said “Once again it has been a privilege to be involved in the e-Government awards, and I offer my congratulations to all the winners. Against the backdrop of increasingly scarce financial resources, the sheer innovation, quality and passion for public service that these projects demonstrate make me hugely proud to be leader of IT in the Public Sector.”

Ben Heald, awards judge and CEO of Sift Media, the Awards organiser, said: “I’d like to offer my congratulations to all of the selected finalists. The standard of this year’s entries was very high, and really highlights how the public sector is reacting to the current conditions, using technology, ingeniously in some cases, to create efficiencies and improve services.”

Jos Creese, Award Judge and President of Socitm and CIO at Hampshire County Council says: "Judging the e-Government National Awards has been a real privilege - there are so many examples of exceptional project delivery, innovation through IT and sheer hard work to learn from. The hardest part was to select a few finalists from such a long list of outstanding entries."

Keith Bannister, Award judge and UK head of KPMG’s Technology practice said: ?“KPMG is proud to be lead sponsor of the awards for the fifth year running. A key theme of this year’s Awards is how government services can help to build a fairer, more inclusive society by giving all citizens and businesses the opportunity to directly interact with them. The finalists we have chosen truly reflect that objective on a number of levels. Additionally, we have seen great examples of the innovative use of emerging technologies to deliver better value services to citizens.”

Ian Cunningham, Award judge and Head of Public Sector Sales, Vodafone: “Vodafone are proud to be involved with the judging of the e-government National awards and are delighted for the successful finalists. It is exciting to see so many examples of how innovation and technology can address the various priorities and challenges within an organisation and improve the delivery of services.”

Steve Palmer, CIO, London Borough of Hillingdon said: "These awards showcase the alignment of service users, business and technology. They are shining examples of the significant innovation and dedication that often goes unreported and they are a credit to the work of all sectors involved".

Chris Histed, founder, PublicTechnology.net & The e-Government National Awards said: "Chairing the judging was this year especially challenging as we had such a high standard of nominations. Our judges were impressed with the demonstrable major impact that these ICT -driven projects and services have had. As we move into the lower-cost future, where the Big Society needs to be delivered to improve local services, the finalists and winners offer a yardstick of excellence the whole public sector can learn from".

Notes to Editors
The Judging panel

- John Suffolk, Government CIO - Cabinet Office e-Government Unit
- Keith Bannister, Partner IT Advisory (Public Sector), KPMG
- Steve Palmer, CIO at London Borough of Hillingdon
- Jos Creese, Head of IT at Hampshire County Council and Socitm President
- Chris Histed, founder, PublicTechnology.net & the e-Government National Awards
- Ben Heald, Chief Executive, Sift Media
- Ian Cunningham, Head of Public Sector Sales, Vodafone

Full list of finalists:
1. Building a fairer society with e-Government services (sponsored by KPMG)
- Barnsley MBC & South Yorkshire Police - Neighbourhood Watch / Good Neighbours Scheme
- The Charity Commission for England and Wales - Charity Commission Website Development
- City of Lincoln Council - Heritage Connect Lincoln - www.heritageconnectlincoln.com
- Ealing Mencap & ESCAN - Ealing Help
- St George's, University of London - Taste of Medicine
- Westminster City Council - Westminster's Digital Inclusion Framework
- Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust - Big White Wall Online Wellbeing Service

2. Central e-Government excellence: Take-up & usage growth
- Department of Finance and Personnel, Northern Ireland - NI Direct website
- Department for Work and Pensions - Response to Economic Downturn
- Directgov - Directgov Travel News mobile application
- Charity Commission - Charity Commission Online Registration
- Department for Work and Pensions - Jobseekers Allowance On-Line
- HM Revenue & Customs - Business Tax Programme - VAT online filing
- Home Office - Adelphi ERP Shared Services

3. Central e-Government excellence: Team
- Welsh European Funding Office - WEFO Online
- Department of Finance and Personnel, Northern Ireland - NI Direct website
- National Policing Improvement Agency - IMPACT Programme
- NHS Connecting for Health - N3 technology team - collaborative working, connecting healthcare
- Ministry of Defence - Next Generation HR e-Resourcing Project
- Department of Health - Prison Health IT programme
- Scottish Government - Engage for Education

4. e-Government excellence in Learning & Skills
- Department of Health - e-Learning for Healthcare: e-Safeguarding Children and Young People
- Department of Health - e-Learning for Healthcare: e-SRH (Sexual and Reproductive Health)
- Crown Prosecution Service - Prosecution College
- Aberdeen College - StudentNet in Aberdeen College
- NIACE - TeesLearn
- Skills Funding Agency - Next Step, the Integrated Adult Careers Service web channel
- NHS Choices - NHS Choices Community Intermediaries Training Programme
- The Fire Service College - e-learning to UK Fire and Rescue Services
- NHS Education for Scotland - NES ePortfolio

5. e-Government excellence: For sustainable, 'green IT' or 'carbon-efficient' services (sponsored by KPMG)
- Department of Health - e-Learning for Healthcare: e-Safeguarding Children and Young People
- Land Forces, Ministry of Defence - Land Forces Enhanced Video Telephone Conferencing
- Queen Margaret University - Beyond thin-client: green IT at QMU
- Hampshire County Council - Hampshire's scalable, efficient 'green' Data Centre
- Cornwall Partnership NHS Foundation Trust - E-enabled innovative shared learning
- Southend Borough Council - Southend Borough Council's ICT Strategy 2010-13
- Bristol City Council - Green Digital Bristol

6. e-Government excellence: Innovation in strategy at a local level (sponsored by Pitney Bowes)
- Barnsley MBC & South Yorkshire Police - Neighbourhood Watch / Good Neighbours Scheme
- Peterborough City Council - Verto, Internet based Portfolio Management
- West Yorkshire Police - West Yorkshire Police iPortal
- London Borough Redbridge - YouChoose
- Greater Manchester and Cheshire Cardiac and Stroke Network - Wireless Telemedicine in Primary Care
- Birmingham City Council - Customer First Transformation Programme
- The City of Edinburgh Council - Mobile Working - Edinburgh Building Services
- South Yorkshire Police - South Yorkshire Police BlackBerry deployment

7. e-Government excellence: Innovation in strategy on a national level (sponsored by Vodafone)
- Welsh European Funding Office - WEFO Online
- Welsh Assembly Government - The PSBA Network: The UK's First Public Multi-Sector Network
- NHS Direct - Online Health and Symptom Checkers
- Central Office of Information (COI) - RAF Reserves Recruitment Process
- Charity Commission for England and Wales - That's -e-asy (electronically applied services for you)
- NHS Connecting for Health - N3 Managed Video Conferencing Service - transforming the way the NHS works
- Scottish Government - Engage for Education

8. e-Government excellence: Leadership & Professionalism
- Department of Health - e-Learning for Healthcare: e-Safeguarding Children and Young People
- Peterborough City Council - Verto, Internet based Portfolio Management
- Department for Education - Information Workplace Platform
- Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust - Collaboration and Communication Technology at the Heart of Hospital Transformation
- The Metropolitan Police Service - The Metropolitan Police Service's Police Forensic Liaison Unit

9. e-Government excellence: Shared Services
- Welsh Assembly Government - The PSBA Network: The UK's First Public Multi-Sector Network
- University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust - McKesson Shared Services - University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust
- Scottish Police Services Authority - Scottish Police Services Authority National Service Desk
- DWP Shared Services - NHS NSS PECOS Consortium Project - NHS National Services Scotland Consortium
- DWP Shared Services
- Department for Education - Employee Authentication Service (EAS)
- Northern Ireland Office - Causeway Data Sharing Mechanism
- Home Office - Adelphi ERP Shared Services

10. Local e-Government excellence: Take-up & usage growth
- Oxfordshire County Council - Registration Service - Oxfordshire Registration Service: website and e-services strategy
- City of Lincoln Council - Heritage Connect Lincoln - www.heritageconnectlincoln.com
- Department for Education - Connect Digitally Online School Admissions Project
- Hertfordshire County Council - Intalink Website
- Kirklees Council - Looking Local
- Lincolnshire County Council - School Administration Online System Project
- Aylesbury Vale District Council - AVDC's SMS texting service

11. Local e-Government excellence: Team
- Hampshire County Council - Hampshire IT - providing continuity in the face of adversity
- Learning and Skills Network (LSN) - M-learning - A tool for transformation in Sheffield (MATTS) - phase two
- Department for Education - Connect Digitally
- Calderdale Metropolitan Borough Council - “More for Less" - How I.T. can deliver Value for Money
- University Hospitals Coventry & Warwickshire NHS Trust - Electronic prevention of potentially fatal blood clots in hospitalised patients
- Oxfordshire County Council - Registrar's Online Services

The e-Government National Awards are run by Sift Media

Sift Media is a leading business-to-business publisher specialising in online professional communities and face-to-face business events.

With a range of services including websites, email publications, industry awards and exhibitions, Sift Media delivers original, branded content to over half a million professionals every month, across finance, accounting, HR and training, IT, marketing, customer management and knowledge management.

Related web links:
e-Government National Awards: www.e-governmentawards.org.uk
Cabinet Office: www.cabinetoffice.gov.uk
SOCITM: www.socitm.gov.uk
SOLACE: www.solace.org.uk
KPMG: www.kpmg.co.uk
Vodafone: www.vodafone.co.uk
Sift Media: www.siftmedia.co.uk
PublicTechnology.net: www.publictechnology.net

For press information:
Matt Henkes, commercial editor, Sift Media
0117 915 8654
mob 07967 396 858
Matt.Henkes[at]SiftMedia[dot]co.uk

For awards enquiries:
Darren Falkingham, head of marketing, Sift Media
Darren.falkingham[at]siftmedia[dot]co.uk
0117 915 8632

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