Congratulations to our winners!
Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (Vaccine Taskforce)
The UK was the first country in the world to approve the AstraZeneca and Pfizer vaccines. This historic achievement is due to both the vision and leadership of the AstraZeneca and Pfizer team. The Vaccine Taskforce (VTF) demonstrated the collaborative behaviours and commitment required to secure and deliver these vaccines at record speed.
The VTF combined a range of delivery and technical expertise to manage the end-to-end lifecycle, from commercial contracting, logistics and delivery. This project truly epitomised excellence in delivery and demonstrated what the Civil Service can achieve through its innovation and collaboration. This project has set the blueprint for successful delivery.
The Civil Service LGBT+ mentoring programme is a new cross-departmental scheme developed by the cross-government LGBT+ Network. Since work began in April 2021, 425 mentors and 550 mentees have registered, more than 500 people have been given training, and more than 1,150 mentoring matches have been facilitated by the programme. By mid-2022, it will have generated more than 3,000 hours of mentoring.
The programme has been led by John Peart, who has designed and delivered the project on a voluntary basis in his spare time. It is one of the largest mentoring programmes of its kind in the Civil Service.
Department for Work and Pensions
The North East Diversity and Inclusion group, led by Joanne Gartland, was determined to make a difference, bringing teams together across the North East group. They worked to embed a culture where diversity is celebrated, employees feel respected, accepted, supported and valued, and where only individual capability and skills are the measure for personal growth and development opportunities. With a large number of new recruits from diverse backgrounds, the group looked for ways to harness previous experiences, ideas and creativity, making the North East a great place to be. Jo secured a Diversity and Inclusion lead to embrace inclusivity at the heart of teams, and this kickstarted their journey.
Home Office (HM Passport Office)
HM Passport Office's Digital Application Processing service has transformed passport application processing. Built in-house, the project has co-designed a caseworking system with its users, achieving significant speed and quality improvements through digitisation and automation. It is now processing over 70% of all passport applications.
DAP uses a cloud-based storage solution to break the link between the paperwork provided by 6.5 million citizens annually, and where their application is actually processed. For the first time, casework can be distributed to any passport office on demand. In future, it will eliminate more requirements for paper by linking directly to the General Register Office.
Advisory Body to Department of Health and Social Care
The secretariat to the Scientific Pandemic Influenza group on Modelling (SPI-M) has provided the interface between world-leading mathematical epidemiologists and the government throughout the pandemic, driving and maintaining science-led decision-making.
The team's work has helped underpin the government's COVID-19 decisions and been prominent in public discourse throughout the pandemic, but the team itself has been out of the limelight, consistently producing work of extraordinary quality under huge pressure.
It's been a full team effort, with brilliant staff working brilliantly together, across government and with the scientific community.
Department for Transport
The Department’s statistics and data teams, working with the central crisis response team, transformed the data and insight available to decision makers across government and the public in a matter of days. This was brought about by a range of innovative approaches, including use of new partnerships across the transport sector, new methods and technology, and novel re-use of existing information previously reported quarterly. The consequence of this was providing real-time data to GOV.UK, 10 Downing Street, and SAGE, to inform decision makers and the public during the pandemic.
The ERF delivery team has delivered more than £2.1 billion to 250,000 recipients in 2020/2021 in order to support their survival and the continued employment of an estimated 250,000 citizens. This has been a phenomenal challenge and successful delivery has been achieved under intense pressure, significant scrutiny and tight timeframes. Through the use of cutting edge digital and replicable operational delivery principles, the team have developed models which have significantly enhanced the resilience of our business support options for future years.
Department of Health and Social Care
The programme was established to meet the exceptional demand COVID created within the NHS for oxygen, ventilation and consumables. This needed to be achieved at speed, in the face of immense global competition for supply and significant uncertainty as to the progress of the pandemic. This was achieved through harnessing the unique expertise of numerous government departments and working seamlessly across NHS and Devolved Administration boundaries. This work now provides a strong foundation for subsequent longer term resilience and supply collaboration, and has helped ensure the UK has the medical supplies it needs during the pandemic.
Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office
Energise Africa is a crowdfunding platform raising investment in enterprises delivering household solar systems in Sub-Saharan Africa, by connecting them with ethical retail investors in the UK. It was established by the FCDO with additional support from Virgin Unite, working with UK charity Energy4Impact. Since launching Energise Africa in 2017 via the Ethex and Lendahand joint venture, the partnership has built an investor community of more than 4,200 crowd-investors, raised over £25 million for distributed renewable energy companies, and enabled more than 600,000 people in Sub-Saharan Africa to access life-changing clean, affordable electricity.
Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
Steve exhibits incredible leadership of a dynamic & multidisciplinary team of civil servants, academics and industry experts who are collectively delivering a high-risk, hugely complex vaccine programme. Demonstrating consistent insight, calmness and outstanding tenacity under pressure, Steve’s leadership has ensured phenomenal progress. Four out of every five adults are now fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and the booster campaign is underway, with a total supply of 123 million doses in the UK. Steve personifies Civil Service values through his unwavering commitment to serving the public and developing a spirit of resilient confidence in his teams.
HM Courts & Tribunals Service
Andrew's integrity has led him to consistently seek to improve the operational procedures of our service area, with the invaluable objective to improve the quality of service for its users. This has involved him completing learning, extra work, research, and reports outside of his usual work role. His contributions have benefitted the service at national level, and procedures have been improved that have a daily beneficial impact on staff and service users. He has an innate ability to engage, inspire and achieve.
Department of Health and Social Care / Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
The COVID-19 Vaccines Programme has brought together teams from the Department of Health and Social Care, the Vaccine Taskforce, NHS England, the UK Health Security Agency, the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency, and NHS Digital to deploy over 100 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines so far. The teams have worked at extraordinary pace, overcoming daily hurdles to get millions of people vaccinated safely and quickly as possible. The Vaccines Programme has saved at least 120,000 lives and prevented more than 230,000 hospitalisations and 24million infections. Uptake has exceeded all previous vaccination programmes and the pace and operational excellence of the programme have been globally recognised.
- David Gott, Department for Transport
- Jacqueline Byrne, Department of Education
- Dr Jo Gillespie, Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities
- John O'Hagan, Department of Health and Social Care
- Robert Buckley, Home Office (Border Force)
- Sharon Cardwell, HM Revenue & Customs
Department for Work and Pensions
Rizwan oversees over 1,990 colleagues across sixteen Jobcentres and one Service Centre in East London, an area that encompasses one of the most diverse, challenging and complex demographics in the UK. Rizwan has successfully remobilised face-to-face service delivery across the East London Jobcentre network, which includes the opening of six new Jobcentres, and recruiting, inducting and training more than a thousand new Work Coaches. His focus on supporting people back to work has resulted in the best performance at district level anywhere in the UK. Thanks to his efforts, over 5,500 young East Londoners have now joined the Kickstart programme, with East London above profile on all other Plan for Jobs measures. These achievements are testament to Rizwan’s leadership and focus.