The Paperless Awards 2017 recognised organisations that are making IT good for society through innovative programmes designed to transform and enhance the public sector.

The best examples of public sector excellence in going digital were recently recognised in a gala evening. Over 250 guests attended the Public Sector Paperless Awards on the 6th July 2017 in Kensington.

Mark Blanchard, Director at GovNewsDirect, opened the evening highlighting the importance of recognising the achievements of digital transformation and read a statement by the Right Honourable Caroline Nokes, MP, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for the Cabinet Office and Lead Minister for GDS.

Blanchard says, ‘The inaugural Public Sector Paperless Awards has been a resounding success. We were impressed by the high calibre of the entries received. The judges, chosen to represent a range of organisations and from various areas across the public sector, had a real challenge to choose a winner from the shortlisted projects. All the finalists were able to demonstrate a quantifiable difference made to people’s lives in addition to efficiency savings across the board. GovNewsDirect were thrilled to have been able to bring these examples of excellence together to celebrate their achievements.

‘The judges chose the winners based on a comprehensive scoring system that included a variety of areas such as demonstrable examples of improvement in customer service, value for money and cost savings, innovation and a clear strategy. Each of our winners provided real evidence of improving the lives of people they served. We are looking ahead to the Public Sector Paperless Awards 2018, with nominations opening on the 1st September 2018.’

The winners were:

  • Management and culture project of the year: Barnsley healthcare federation CIC and Barnsley CCG, shared patient records for Barnsley
  • Process and workflow project of the year: West Yorkshire Police, digital policing team
  • Best customer experience: Flagship Homes, customer platform
  • Best digital document management: Edge Hill University, E-VAL: The online academic quality management system
  • Most flexible digital system of the year: National Funding Scheme, DONATE
  • Best use of e-forms: Buckinghamshire County Council, faux digital to full digital the story of the first QR code waste permit
  • Efficiency savings project of the year: Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust, delivering modern communication between NHS organisations
  • Paperlite project of the year: Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, implementation of a fully integrated electronic patient record on an intensive care unit
  • Special recognition award: Grant Oliver at Richmond General Practice Alliance, Grant Oliver recognition
  • Going paperless project of the year: Crown Prosecution Service, ‘Digital Working in the Crown Court’ - DCS and Digital Service of IDPC

There was also a prize draw on the night that all attendees were entered into for a docking station and five smartpad clipboards by Wacom Business Solutions, which was won by Kent & Meadway NHS and Social Care Partnership Trust.