A number of social services departments have been commended for excellence and innovation, scooping the health and social care awards presented by the secretary of state for health Alan Milburn.
The annual awards mark outstanding contributions to modernisation and ways of working in the treatment and care of patients and in supporting dedicated staff.
'NHS and social care staff do a fantastic job, often in very challenging circumstances,' said Mr Milburn. 'The excellence demonstrated by front-line staff shows just what can be achieved in these fields. Reform in health and social services will be led by the best and tonight we have seen what the very best can do.'
Entries were assessed by a judging panel chaired by NHS chief executive Nigel Crisp. Each winning scheme will receive£10,000 from the Department of Health to boost their project and the commended schemes receive£2,000.
The lifetime achievement award went to Linda Couchman, team leader at the Link Resource Centre in Cheshire CC which helps adults with mental health needs live in the community.
Other winners included social services departments in Bury MBC, Hampshire CC, Kingston upon Thames LBC, Suffolk CC and Sunderland City Council.