As councils face a period of uncertainty and reduced budgets, it is more vital than ever that they develop efficient ways to improve outcomes and ensure citizen focussed services. Partnership working offers a crucial way of delivering such results. By bringing together the public, private and voluntary sectors, councils are finding innovative ways to better local services, whilst also making important savings. Looking to the future, it seems clear that partnership working will become increasingly integral to service delivery.
The Partnership Achievement of the Year Award seeks to celebrate councillors’ role in facilitating such partnerships. The 2012 Award, for instance, went to Councillor Eunice Campbell because of the key role she played in strengthening pre-existing health partnerships in Nottingham, as well as forging new partnerships in areas such as childcare and crime and drugs. She drove the integration of health across council departments and into the services of wider partners.
Councillor Campbell’s work is all the more impressive when you consider that health partnerships are amongst the hardest and most important partnerships for councils to forge and maintain. Furthermore, she effectively led the integration of health into the wider strategic partnerships existing in Nottingham. Accordingly, Councillor Campbell’s work has left Nottingham County Council in a much stronger position to fulfil its new public health responsibilities.
Councillors are fundamental to the process of partnership building, policy development and implementation. The councillor who wins this category will demonstrate:
- significant personal commitment and drive to making working in partnership an integral part of how the council delivers outcomes locally
- improvements in service delivery, efficiency savings and delivery of outcomes as a result of the partnership working that this councillor has been involved with
So if you know an inspiring councillor in your authority who has gone above and beyond expectations, don’t let their contributions go unrecognised – get in touch because we want to hear from you! The Awards are free to enter, any councillor can be nominated for an award and anyone can make a nomination.
The closing date is set for Friday 18th January 2013. You can download a nomination form here.
For more information on the Awards and application process, please go to our website: http://www.lgiu.org.uk/cllrawards/ . Alternatively, you can contact us by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or calling us on 0207 554 2800.
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