A ground-breaking Dundee City Council project has been honoured at the 2017 Cosla Excellence Awards.
The council scooped the chairman’s award for a scheme which has seen welfare rights advisers based in four city GP surgeries.
A council spokesman said: “The advisers have become an integral part of the services provided to patients in their local communities, addressing socio-economic concerns and allowing GPs and other health professionals to concentrate more on clinical needs.
“By linking in early with people when illness or disability strikes, the advisers have successfully used access to medical records to secure more than £1.5 million in extra income since January 2015.”
He added that a report estimated every £1 invested in this service generates around £39 in social and economic benefits to local communities.
Also successful at the ceremony in Crieff, picking up a silver award for excellence, was The Corner’s Support U+ project. It was recognised as an innovative way of working with young people who have mental health issues. This latest award follows the recognition given to the project when the Duke and Duchess of Strathearn, William and Kate, visited Support-U+ at The Corner as part of their tour to raise awareness of mental health and expressed their admiration for the service.
Cosla also awarded bronze prizes to Lochee community hub and the team that planned the resettlement of refugees from Syria.
Council administration leader John Alexander said: “Congratulations to everyone involved in these projects. It is great to see the innovative work going on in the council, and the people who are making it happen, recognised on a national level.”
Cosla president, Councillor Alison Evison, described the entries for the awards this year as inspiring.