26 April 2017
The integrated Health and Wellbeing Finance Team were in London last week putting Plymouth firmly on the UK Finance map.
They won for the Health and Social Care Integration project at the prestigious Public Finance Innovation awards.
Council Leader Ian Bowyer said: “This was a real partnership effort between the Council’s Finance and Commissioning Teams alongside colleagues from NHS Northern, Eastern and Western Devon Clinical Commissioning Group (NHS NEW Devon CCG). Whilst we are always pleased to receive praise for our achievements in commissioning and service delivery, this is a national award recognising the hard work and innovation of our finance colleagues. They are pushing boundaries with an inventive risk share agreement, a monthly joint finance report and have now developed an integrated risk and opportunities register and are holding joint audit committee meetings. The Awards are an ideal way to be rewarded for your achievements within public finance and governance and will recognise the people, products and services that demonstrate excellence and originality within public finance.”
This is the inaugural Public Finance Innovation Awards organised by The Chartered Institute of Public Finance & Accounting (CIPFA).
The judges were looking to recognise organisations who added outstanding value to their partnerships and relationships and said: “They we were impressed that the team’s ambitious integration programme included an important role for financial leadership and solutions.” They also noted the control of the budgets and in their words “the praise of internal auditors.”
Dr Tim Burke, GP in North Devon and chair of NHS NEW Devon CCG said: “I am delighted that the hard work of our finance teams has been recognised at these awards. Integrated working within health and social care in Plymouth has resulted in effective joint working, which ultimately will result in better services for our patients.”
The Plymouth entry was up against Powys Teaching Health Board, Integrated Health and Social Care Collaborative Commissioning Programme; Lambeth Council, South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust, NHS Lambeth Clinical Commissioning Group, The Collaborative, Thames Reach and Certitude; NHS Highland, Highland Council, Highland Home Carers and Scottish Care and No Wrong Door, North Yorkshire County Council.
The evening was compared by the BBC’s Justin Webb who presented the award to David Northey, Head of Integrated Finance and Ben Chilcott, CFO Western Locality NEW Devon CCG. Councillor Lynda Bowyer, Cabinet Member for Adult Social Care and Public Health said: “What a great evening to be a part of. Everyone who has contributed to this success are winners.”