This month sees the first birthday of the 'A Brilliant Civil Service' Awards. Since the launch of the monthly awards, last January, we have had over one thousand entries from across the Civil Service, showcasing brilliant work in all parts of the UK.
Alongside our annual Civil Service Awards, these monthly awards recognise the achievement of teams and individuals committed to the core vision of A Brilliant Civil Service: one that delivers Improved Outcomes for the public, through Effective Leaders and Skilled People, in a Great Place to Work.
Our 2017 award winners have included:
- January, ‘Improved Outcomes’ award: the HMP Ford Reducing Re-offending team, which is expanding the educational opportunities for prisoners and improving the delivery of educational and vocational qualifications to those on day-release in the community
- March, ‘Skilled People’ award: the Met Office in-house digital team, who trained their staff in animation skills, improving digital capability, reducing the amount spent on outsourcing, and producing effective animations to communicate important weather information
- May, ‘Improved Outcomes’: the team responsible for the DVLA Fitness to Drive Programme, which makes it easier for members of the public to declare medical conditions on driving licence applications
- October, ‘Effective Leaders’ award: Sonia Preston and Sean Mulgrew, DWP Operations Excellence Directorate, Change & Learning Division, who supported Dundee Service Centre’s transition to a Universal Credit Full Service (UCFS) site
These examples, the other winners, all the commended entries – and countless others we’ve seen over the last 12 months – reflect the unparalleled range and excellence of what you do as civil servants. And they demonstrate an unswerving commitment to improving the services that people depend on.
I want to thank everyone who has submitted an entry to date, and would urge colleagues in every department, devolved administration, agency and public body to take the opportunity to highlight the great work they are doing.
For updates on the monthly scheme, details about how to enter, and a link to submit an entry, refer to your local departmental intranet.