Cambridgeshire County Council is celebrating not just one, but two top accolades from the National Good Scrutiny Awards.
They were awarded to councillors and officers involved in the former Adults Wellbeing and Health Overview and Scrutiny Committee at the Council.
The awards, â€˜Improving Transparencyâ€™ and â€˜Influence Beyond Boundariesâ€™, were given for the outstanding work done by the committee in holding Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) to account over their re-commissioning exercise for Older People's healthcare services in the County. This led to greater transparency, which included a consultation giving local people a bigger say on what kind of older peopleâ€™s services they wanted.
Cambridgeshire County Councillor Kilian Bourke, former Chairman of Health and Adult Social Care Scrutiny Committee, said: â€œIt is very encouraging that the Centre for Public Scrutiny has recognised our work to improve the accountability and transparency of the Older People's Programme. Lots of people have contributed at different times and I would like to congratulate everyone who has been involved.
"Cambridgeshire and Peterborough's Clinical Commissioning Group also deserves credit for listening to our concerns and fully taking them on board. Publishing the key documents and carrying out a full public consultation has given people an opportunity to have input into the new service design and that is how it should be."
Dr Arnold Fertig, Clinical Lead for Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Clinical Commissioning Groupâ€™s Older Peopleâ€™s Programme, said: â€œWe are pleased to have been able to have a frank and honest working relationship with the Scrutiny working group.
â€œTheir involvement has helped us in developing a meaningful consultation, which has already provided a wealth of information about the types of services people are looking for.â€