Oscar season for adult social care

Published: 16 March 2017

Slough’s adult social care team is set to sweep the board in upcoming awards ceremonies after being shortlisted for five separate awards for their work.

Four of the awards they are shortlisted for are part of the GO Excellence in Public Procurement Awards with the fifth being the prestigious iESE (Improvement and Efficiency Social Enterprise) Awards.

The GO Excellence awards are:

Procurement Team of the Year – Local and Central Government
For the adult social care commissioning service and its innovative approach in procurement, supporting the implementation of the Care Act in Slough, improving contract management, improving outcomes for local people, creation of new services, improvements in contract management and cost control, whilst meeting financial targets.

Procurement Innovation of the Year – Local and Central Government
For the adult social care commissioning service who developed a specialist procurement model within the service used to reconfigure the drug and alcohol treatment service, delivering significant savings whilst continuing to deliver outcomes relating to social care, public health and community safety.

Best Service – Local government and health
For the Slough Community Mental health team and Look Ahead Care and Support Ltd in creating Hope House – a supported living scheme established last year for people with mental health problems. The service, linked to Hope College and the peer mentoring scheme has reduced the average costs of independent living support whilst helping clients with their recovery and journey back into the community.

Contract Management Initiative of the Year
For the Slough Borough Council and Castle Gate Legal and Commercial Ltd management of the grouped school PFI contract. The initiative improved corporate oversight and commercial management of the contract, achieving savings through effective day to day management, risk sharing and renegotiation.

The iESE award is:

Transformation through Support Service Award
Also for the Slough Borough Council and Castle Gate Legal and Commercial Ltd management of the grouped school PFI contract. The initiative improved corporate oversight and commercial management of the contract, achieving savings through effective day to day management, risk sharing and renegotiation.

Councillor Sabia Hussain, commissioner for wellbeing, said: “At a time when adult social care is under more pressure than ever before, it is good to see the excellent work by our team in Slough is being recognised in this way.

“Being shortlisted for these awards recognises our achievements in improving services for local residents in tighter and tighter financial circumstances; by developing a more preventative approach and supporting people in the community – emphasising the right services at the right time.”

She added: “But these awards don’t just recognise the effect on front line services, but the hard work done by our support staff, in the background, out of the spotlight for most of the time. This is their time to shine.”

The GO Excellence in Public Procurement Awards take place on 21 March in Manchester. The iESE awards take place in London on 4 April.