Outstanding Team of the Year

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Outstanding Team of the Year


We've heard a lot recently about Team Gordon and Team Cameron - but what about team public sector? While all the political parties are keen to present themselves as dynamic forces, united behind their respective leaders, public services have a somewhat different agenda.

Purposeful, charismatic leaders are of course essential to successful services. But behind every such individual there is a dedicated team, bringing a wide range of talents and experience to the table. And, unlike in the political arena, their ability to work collectively and harmoniously is not mostly spin.

The hunt for an Outstanding Public Service Team of the Year is always a highlight of the Public Servants of the Year Awards. A special people's panel, organised by Ipsos-Mori and representing public service users, decides the winner from a short list drawn up by the judges.

Last year's winners, the staff team at Sighthill Library, Edinburgh, were thought to be outstanding because of the energetic, pioneering way they tackled young people's antisocial behaviour. Their project showed an innovative solution to a common problem and is clearly applicable on a much wider basis', according to the 2006 awards moderator. …

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