Liverpool Takes Top Honours at the National GO Public Procurement Awards

When it comes to using cutting-edge technology to improve the lives of vulnerable people in Liverpool, a city council project team is a real winner.

Members of the Adult Social Care and Procurement teams have just picked up a major national award for their innovative approach to transforming adult home care services in the city.

The annual GO Awards recognise those who are leading the way in using public money in smart and effective ways to help people who need it most.

The city council team beat off stiff competition from public sector organisations across the country to take top honours in the Innovation/Initiative Award of the Year (Health and Social Care Organisations).

Faced with increasing demand for services against a backdrop of cuts to council funding, the team accessed EU cash to introduce new systems that have helped transform home care in the city.

They brought in digital record-keeping software that makes it faster and more cost-effective for care workers and family members to access information about clients.

The team is also pioneering a hi-tech monitoring system for service-users’ homes, allowing them to continue to live independently.

Dyane Aspinall, Interim Director, Adult Services and Health said: “Our contracted home care providers and their staff have really taken to the new technology and understand how we can use it to create a more responsive service. The team has also played host to other councils and public service organisations from the UK and abroad who are keen to learn from our innovative approach and adopt these new ways of working.”

Liverpool City Council’s Head of Procurement, Trevor Ingham, who picked up the award on behalf of the council, said: “This award demonstrates what we can achieve when frontline services and the Procurement team work in partnership. I am really proud of the way everyone involved has worked together to create such an innovative solution.”

Key players in the project’s award-winning success were Adult Services staff members Ann Williams and Joanne Stanton Green and Cathy Walsh and Brian Monk from Procurement.

Based on the success of the pilot project, the council is now planning to implement more technology based solutions across the city to help improve the quality of life for even more people.

 Liverpool City Council’s Cabinet Member for Heath and Adult Social Care, Cllr Paul Brant, said: “This award recognises a fantastic joint project which was successful in bringing substantial EU funding into the city. This funding has supported the introduction of new technology to improve the quality, safety and flexibility of home care services provided to our most vulnerable citizens.”

“The recognition this award brings is well deserved. Congratulations to all those involved.”

PHOTO: The GO Team: Liverpool City Council’s Head of Procurement Trevor Ingham and Brian Monk pick up the award with council colleagues Kimberley Fisher and Lorraine Cross.