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Public Sector Paperless Awards finalists announced

High schools, housing, healthcare and heavy hitters feature among this year’s Paperless Awards finalists

The finalists for the 2019 Public Sector Paperless Awards were announced today. Now in its third year, the Public Sector Paperless Awards enables shortlisted projects to demonstrate their commitment in adapting to digital technologies, improve services, save money and minimise their overall environmental impact.

The winners are expected to be revealed during a Gala Awards night at the Iconic Concorde Hangar at Manchester Airport on 11 July 2019.

In a statement to the media, Mark Blanchard, Managing Director at GovNewsDirect, the Awards organiser, said: “We are really excited for this year’s finalists as they have surpassed previous years’ expectations in terms of both scale and scope.” Blanchard adds, “Entries came in from all over the UK. That, in itself, is a testament of the digital transformation that is taking place everywhere. I was therefore thrilled to see projects being put forward that weren’t your typical large-scale transformation programmes you hear about in the press”.

“We’ve got a small high school that had only been operating for one year put forward for ‘Going Paperless Project of the Year’ and NHS trusts, Whitehall departments, governmental NDPBs as well as local authorities, emergency services and housing association, shortlisted in other categories.

Digital first

Mark further added, “We have also been incredibly fortunate this year to have an amazing panel of judges that are completely focused on the government’s priorities of putting digital first and initiating smarter working.”

GovNewsDirect received hundreds of entries for projects that had budgets ranging from less than £10,000 to large scale transformation projects that affected citizens on a national level.  One member of the judges’ panel, while marveling at the commitment and dedication of the teams involved, said: “The offline aspects and the sheer scale of the work demonstrated this year have been brilliant.”

This year’s finalists have demonstrated proven success with significant cost savings, streamlined processes and smarter, more collaborative working to ensure improvements in the lives of the citizens they serve.

Following is the list of categories for the finalists:

  • Data & information security project of the year
  • System & service interoperability project of the year
  • Big data project of the year
  • Best digital document management
  • Efficiency savings project of the year
  • Most flexible digital system of the year
  • Paperlite project of the year
  • Process and workflow project of the year
  • RPA & AI project of the year
  • Best use of e-forms
  • Best customer experience
  • Best small scale digital application / project
  • Best use of a digital solution
  • Management and culture project of the year
  • Going paperless project of the year
  • Special recognition award

The full list of this year’s Paperless Awards finalists could be found at paperlessawards.co.uk/shortlist.

NHS has received more than 10 nomination across categories. Building a digitally enabled NHS is a challenge. Health Minister had said that barriers to the reforms must not stop the progress to digitally enabled NHS because #DataSavesMoreLives.

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