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Cambridgeshire County Council has been highly commended in the MJ Achievement Awards announced at a national event in London.

The County Council was jointly commended by the judges with Peterborough City Council and Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Clinical Commissioning Group, for the Joint Child Health and Wellbeing Commissioning Unit (JCU) in the Reinventing Public Services category.

This three-way partnership set up the JCU in 2015 to create a more integrated approach to the commissioning of services for children, young people and their families. Working together has a more efficient and effective use of resources helping to provide the right intervention at the right time to really make a difference to children and families.

It was also shortlisted in the Delivery Better Outcomes category.

Absolutely Fabulous actress, author and activist, Joanna Lumley, presented at the prestigious awards at a ceremony on Thursday night (June 15) at the London Hilton Hotel, London.

Cllr Simon Bywater, chairman of the Children and Young People Committee, said: “We are absolutely delighted to have been highly commended in these coveted awards. This JCU has been developed during a time of unprecedented change and significant financial challenge within the education, health and social care systems recognising there is a need for a more integrated and collective approach.

“Redesigning our services and investing in early intervention and prevention helps and supports families as soon as an issue arises which can prevent them being escalated further, reducing the need for more specialist services later on. The JCU has worked hard to reduce waiting times in areas such as speech and language therapy and child and adolescent mental health, and overall is looking at a consistent offer for all children across the county.”

Each of the 14 categories are judged by influential commentators from the private and public sectors giving their organisation the chance to illustrate its ability, ingenuity and performance. Every year without fail, the judges are impressed by the level of dedication and the practical, tangible outcomes they see in the submissions.

One of the major events in the public sector calendar, the awards have been held every year since 2004 and have since recognised many officers, managers teams and councils.

Winning an MJ Award not only allows local authorities to be recognised for the delivery of their services over the last 12 months, but it also allows them to share their expertise with their peers. For a list of all winners, visit https://awards.themj.co.uk/

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