A campaign to save people’s lives and a scheme to support people when they leave hospital are amongst the services shortlisted for national awards.
The Lancashire County Council services have been shortlisted in the 2019 LGC (Local Government Chronicle) Awards.
Lancashire Lifesavers has been shortlisted for Campaign of the Year, Passport to Independence has been shortlisted in the Business Transformation category, the Coroner’s Service has been shortlisted for Business Transformation, and Home First has been shortlisted in the Health and Social Care category.
The LGC awards recognise excellent services provided by councils across the country.
County Councillor Geoff Driver CBE, leader of Lancashire County Council, said: “This is tremendous news.
“Over 30,000 cardiac arrests happen out of hospital in the UK each year. Lancashire Lifesavers is vital in ensuring people in Lancashire get the support they need as quickly as possible to help save their life if they suffer a cardiac arrest.
“Passport to Independence is our successful programme to achieve better outcomes for older people who need social care support, and improve the performance of our services.
“Our Home First initiative involves working with NHS organisations in East Lancashire. The progress we’ve made has been crucial in ensuring hospital beds are freed up more quickly as people have social care assessments in their own home rather than on hospital wards.
“The transformations within the coroner’s service have allowed us to improve the service provided to bereaved families across Lancashire and Blackburn with Darwen ensuring that they remain at the heart of everything we do. This transformation has helped us to run the Service much more efficiently.
“Well done to everyone involved for their hard work, which has been shortlisted for the awards.”
Angie Ridgwell, chief executive and director of resources at the county council, said: “The staff in these services do an absolutely fantastic job.
“The Coroner’s Service has merged with the former services in East Lancashire and Blackburn with Darwen, and the improvements they have made are making a big difference to bereaved families across our county.
“Passport to Independence is a key part of our plans to modernise adult social care, improve people’s wellbeing and ensure they can live independently, while Home First ensures people can leave hospital when they are ready, secure in the knowledge they will get the right support package back in their own homes.
“Lancashire Lifesavers has been a great partnership with the BBC and North West Ambulance Service, making defibrillators and cabinets available to 27 communities ensuring they have life-saving equipment available 24/7. It has also ensured over 2,500 people have the skills they need to perform CPR through 92 training sessions.
“Being shortlisted is a true reflection of the hard work and commitment of the county council’s staff. Well done to everyone involved and good luck for the award finals.”
To find out more about the LGC awards, visit awards.lgcplus.com