Headlines: December 2nd, 2004

Staff of a local authority from the north west of England has been singled out for demonstrating the best of public sector management and for team working in 2004.The Food Safety Team from Wyre Borough Council has been voted winner of the Top Team 2004 competition, at a prestigious awards ceremony staged in Kensington Town Hall. The competition is run to recognise innovation and excellence in the public sector. The judges made the award to Wyre Borough Council for its work in teaching children about preventing food poisoning. The competition, now in its ninth year, is organised jointly by the Public Services Management Network in conjunction with the IDeA, Norman Broadbent business consultants, the GMB and Deloitte and Touche. It attracts nominations from all over the country.

To win the title for 2004 the Wyre team had to present their case alongside six other nominated authorities. They were Hertfordshire Partnership NHS Trust, Leeds Teaching Hospital, Tameside Metropolitan Borough, Birmingham City Council, the London Borough of Southwark and Shropshire County Council. The judges included Martin Horton, the Director, of IDeA. Norman Broadbent and Helen Bailey from the London Borough of Islington.

Noorzaman Rashid, who chairs the Public Services Management Network, the founders of the Top Team Competition, said it focused on two important issues, achievement in delivery and learning for individuals and the whole team.