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Soham library engagement

Work is continuing on the Library Service transformation programme with the development of the Soham pilot. Through a series of engagement sessions, the pilot aims at working with the community to develop an individual plan for the future of the library. The plan will be underpinned by data and based on the strengths and needs of the community and will be co-developed by the community with library staff.

At the end of June, the Soham Library held 2x two-hour engagement sessions run by the Head of Library Services, Sue Wills, seeking feedback and involvement from the community. Both sessions were very well attended and we have gathered useful information that is being collated into a summary report. This will be fed back to the community at follow up sessions scheduled for 24 July 2018, which will also seek further community involvement.

Future work on Ely Underpass

Proposed plan for Ely Underpass

Following the opening of the Ely Southern Bypass, the existing level crossing on station road will be closed to all traffic. The two-way traffic using the existing underpass at the low railway bridge will be single-file (one way at a time) and controlled with traffic lights, allowing significant improvements for pedestrians and cyclists to be made.

This part of the project is a planning condition and aims to discourage through traffic from using the underpass and encourage use of the new bypass.

We have recently given a public update on the changes that will be implemented as part of the scheme and an opportunity for people to ask questions or raise comments on the project by 31 July 2018.

More information is available on our Ely Bypass webpage.

Cambridgeshire Archives Centre, Ely

Work on the new centre is now underway. Our contractor is on site and handover of the completed building is currently anticipated for June 2019. The archive and registration records will then be moved in.

Medical Examiner Scheme

The Government’s response to its consultation on the introduction of Medical Examiners and Reforms to Death Certification in England and Wales was published on 11 June 2018.  

The proposals reduce the direct local authority responsibilities proposed in the original scheme plans, however they present new challenges in the way we work with partners. The proposals also suggest some additional responsibilities relating to the investigation of stillbirths etc. that may fall to HM Coroner. We will be working with our colleagues in the acute NHS trusts to promote partnership working in the establishment of the new arrangements.

The Library Presents update

23 libraries in Cambridgeshire will participate in the upcoming year of The Library Presents programme (autumn 2018 to spring 2019), which brings high quality arts events to libraries across Cambridgeshire.

Our team has worked alongside partner Babylon ARTS to compile a varied and exciting selection menu. This will be launched in August 2018.

Award for renewable energy

Our Energy Investment Unit has won a British Renewable Energy Award for its pioneering approach to energy work. The Council won the award for its work on smart energy grid innovations, its energy strategy, the delivery of over forty projects with schools and upskilling staff and politicians to develop and invest in energy projects more strategically.

NHS Digital £20,000 award

We have been awarded £20,000 by NHS Digital and the Local Government Association in the first ‘discovery’ phase of funding for an innovative pilot project that helps people with serious health conditions take their medication. The County Council is one of 12 councils, out of a total of 82 that applied, to have been chosen to explore how technology could help shape the future of social care. Six will then be chosen to receive further funding of up to £80,000 to design and implement their solution.

The money is funding our Technology Enabled Care Team and the Transformation Team who are working in partnership with Cambridgeshire and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust to carry out a trial to help people with serious health conditions and dementia manage their medicines.

EastNet contract award

MLL Telecom, a leading provider of secure managed network services for the UK public sector, has been awarded the EastNet contract to deliver a new Wide Area Network (WAN) solution and centralised services to Cambridgeshire County Council and the wider community served by EastNet.

The new contract will enable all public sector organisations, including local schools, NHS Foundation Trusts, District and City Councils, County Councils and Blue Light Services in the region to access a secure, market-leading regional network – allowing them to benefit from full fibre gigabit speed connectivity. EastNet is a partnership between public sector organisations across the region, with Cambridgeshire County Council acting as the lead authority.

MLL Telecom will be engaging with each EastNet partner to provide a new fully managed Wide Area Network (WAN), which will include connectivity into the Public Services Network (PSN) and the Health and Social Care Network (HSCN), as well as other centralised services – including managed Wi-Fi and firewalls – in a low-risk transition over the next 12 months.

Thank a teacher day - and success at the Pearson Teaching Awards

On #ThankaTeacher Day, three of Cambridgeshire’s schools were celebrating after winning silver Pearson Teaching Awards.

Congratulations to:

  • James Horwood at Fourfields Primary School in Yaxley who won Teacher of the Year in a Primary School
  • Matt Woodfine from Hinchingbrooke School in Huntingdon for winning the Outstanding Use of Technology in Education award
  • Cambourne Village College for winning a silver award in the School of the Year in the Making a Difference category

They will all join fellow silver award winners at the 20th UK Ceremony of the Pearson Teaching Awards on 21 October 2018 where they will find out which of them has won one of just 12 Gold Plato Awards, the UK’s “Oscars for Teachers”.

We also celebrated Thank a Teacher day by posting some videos of Cllr Simon Bywater, Service Director for Education Jon Lewis and Chief Executive Gillian Beasley on CCC social media who talked about memories of their favourite teachers and why they inspired them.

Cllr Simon Bywater

Gillian Beasley

Jon Lewis

Drug and alcohol services

The Adult Drug and Alcohol Treatment Service in Cambridgeshire has been recommissioned and the contract has been awarded to “Change Grow Live”, a charity that provides drug and alcohol service in many areas of the country and is currently commissioned by Peterborough City Council to provide its Adult Drug and Alcohol Services known as Aspire. The new service will commence in October 2018 for three and a half years with an option to extend for up to five years. It is tasked with developing innovative approaches with a focus upon recovery services.

Physical activity campaign in Cambridgeshire

Public Heath England (PHE) will be launching their annual physical activity campaign aimed at children and families throughout the school summer holidays.  The campaign will be focused on a Star Wars theme, including a ‘Train like a Jedi’ video starring Olympic gold medalist Jade Jones, which will guide children through the 12 special moves which will help them master the ways of the Jedi. The campaign will help children to stay active and healthy over the summer. More information is available on the NHS website.

Cambridgeshire County Council’s Public Health Team will be promoting the campaign across pharmacies, libraries. child and family centres and other local frontline services supporting them to engage families locally along with a social media campaign and news releases.

Cambridgeshire-wide air quality learning event

Public Health recently organised a Cambridgeshire-wide air quality learning and networking event in order to increase knowledge and promote closer working across the county on air quality.  The event will hear from national and local air quality experts, share experiences and identify future steps in order to improve air quality. 

The event is part of a broader programme of work to raise awareness of air pollution amongst partners which include a joint air quality training session for county council transport officers and district council air quality specialists and development of a new air quality section on the Cambridgeshire insight website.

The Children's Portal - helping practitioners to get on with the day job

After several months of development and engagement, we launched the Children's Portal last month. 

Designed and built with input from practitioners and CCC Children’s Social Care managers, the Portal brings together a wealth of advice, guidance, statutory documents and forms in a user-friendly and efficient manner, allowing frontline workers to find what they need quickly and in one place.

We will continue to develop and expand upon it, but feedback so far has been entirely positive. Work is already underway to create a Portal for Adult Social Care practitioners.

"I would like to comment on how amazingly good this is. It clearly has taken a great deal of work to complete."


"This is one of the best things you have done. It is so easy to use and just makes sense to have it all in one place. Thank you."

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