Derby City Council has scooped up the Business Transformation award at this year’s LGC Awards.

On Wednesday, 13th March more than 1,000 of the most senior figures in British local government gathered at Grosvenor House, London to celebrate the sector’s greatest innovators. The Council’s Hospital to Home team went along, and were delighted to win gold in the Business Transformation award category!

The Hospital to Home team has been based within the Royal Derby hospital since December 2016.  The service aims to reduce the time people remain in hospital for, instead allowing them to recover in their own homes, taking care of their emotional and physiological needs.

Often in hospital the focus is on beds, not people, with patients being moved from one bed to another. H2H recognises that patients recover and respond best to rehabilitation within their home, where their lives have been lived, where their treasures and belongings are and where they are able to resume their lives.

The H2H team has had a significant impact on locality teams, to whom Royal Derby Hospital (RDH) refers. Between September and November 2016, 380 cases were referred from the RDH to locality teams. Between December and February 2017 with the H2H team operational, 86 cases were referred – a 77% reduction in referrals.

H2H has worked in partnership with Home First and the RDH discharge team to roll out the nationally recognised Discharge to Assess process. Figures for this are reported nationally, and Derby City Council has achieved the number one status for a unitary authority in the country.

The judges said of our entry:

“Fantastic energy and leadership that delivered wholesale transformation.

“The whole service was changed, and the project now sets an example for others. Great clarity of relationship with NHS – this was an innovative approach with a forward thinking vision.

“Strong performance management. Inclusion of Public Health and use of evidence-based model very impressive.

“Fantastic outcomes.”

The winners of the awards were selected by panels featuring some of the country’s most respected council chief executives and other senior council officers who heard presentations and then interviewed representatives of the shortlisted councils.

Over 500 entries were submitted, whittled down to just 20 winners taking prizes home. Winners are the councils doing the most to innovate to ensure they best serve residents in the era of austerity.

Judging for the prestigious Council of the Year category, sponsored by Zurich Municipal, took place on the day of the awards, following site visits by the judges to shortlisted authorities. Two senior figures of the council in question – most regularly the leader and chief executive – gave a presentation to the judges who then quizzed them on their aspirations for their areas.

Nick Golding, LGC’s editor, said:

“Councils shortlisted for an LGC Award have proved themselves to be among the nation’s most innovative.

“At a time when communities nationwide are reeling from uncertainty and continuing austerity, we need to celebrate the local leaders – both council officers and councillors – without whose inspiring work our cherished local services would be even further diminished.

“All too often the depth of talent in local government is not sufficiently appreciated but the LGC Awards are unashamedly about celebrating those doing most to provide the services our communities require.”