e-Government National Awards


Scene: any and all public sector management board meetings

When: far too bloody often

Dramatis personae: all the bits of the organisation that matter - i.e., everyones function except yours, ICT


The winner in the category e-Govt excellence: Innovation in strategy at a local level at January’s e-Government National Awards ceremony was Customer First, the customer service element of Birmingham’s ongoing re-fashioning of public service delivery to its million citizens.


At a time when the government is pushing for the further migration of public services into the online space, Looking Local is that little bit different.  The organisation, which enables public service delivery via interactive television, won the award in the Local e-Government excellence: Take-up & usage growth category at this year’s e-Government National Awards.


The winner in the category e-Govt excellence: Learning and skills at January’s e-Government National Awards ceremony was the Department of Health’s e-Learning for Healthcare (e-LfH) site in the area of e-SRH (Sexual and Reproductive Health).


The winner in the category Building a fairer society with e-Government services at January’s e-Government National Awards ceremony is a joint venture between Ealing Mencap and ESCAN (Ealing Service for Children with Additional Needs), a body aiming to become the single point of information with improved access to referral, assessment and appropriate interventions for children and young people with disabilities in the borough –


Queen Margaret University (QMU) moved to a thin-client infrastructure around three years ago, which has helped to lower power consumption and reduce heat generation, and so minimise the need for air-conditioning in desktop computing areas. As a result, the technology has delivered direct energy and cost savings of around £47,000 per year.


“Obviously we were absolutely thrilled to win the award because we feel this is genuinely a team which has achieved huge successes in working with both local and central government so it’s great to get recognition for that,” says Amanda Derrick, programme director at Connect Digitally.


The e-Government National Awards 2010 saw NHS Direct win in the ‘e-Government excellence: Innovation in strategy on a national level’ category for its online health and symptom checkers.


The winner of the ‘central e-Government excellence: Team’ category at the e-Government National Awards 2010 was the N3 technology team at NHS Connecting for Health (NHS CFH), for its N3 migration project.