Thursday 3 December, 2020

Cayman Islands wins coveted UK award for COVID-19 field hospital

(L-R) David Shelton, Regimental Sargeant Major, CI Regiment, Simon Griffith, PWD Major Projects Team, Laura Watler, Management Support Advisor POCS, Franz Manderson, Deputy Governor and Head of the Civil Service, Danielle Coleman, Director, Hazard Management CI, Graeme Jackson, Director of Human Capital Development, Gloria McField-Nixon, Chief Officer, POCS

(L-R) David Shelton, Regimental Sargeant Major, CI Regiment, Simon Griffith, PWD Major Projects Team, Laura Watler, Management Support Advisor POCS, Franz Manderson, Deputy Governor and Head of the Civil Service, Danielle Coleman, Director, Hazard Management CI, Graeme Jackson, Director of Human Capital Development, Gloria McField-Nixon, Chief Officer, POCS

The Cayman Islands has won the coveted UK Association of Project Management’s (APM) Social Project of the year award for the Field Hospital at the Family Life Centre. The entry was submitted by Graeme Jackson, Director of Human Capital Development.

According to the APM, the Cayman Islands project won for the following reasons:

"At the heart of every great project, is a great story. The Project of the Year Award is for the team whose project demonstrates the most effective use of project management, the greatest results and the greatest benefit and innovations to the profession."


APM Awards web page

The victory was announced at the APM's Project Management Awards ceremony, which was streamed live on Monday November 16.

Projects, individuals and organisations from a broad range of sectors and countries were recognised and celebrated for their incredible achievements over the past year. For the first time ever the ceremony was free to watch online to all across the globe, all united in celebrating the very best of the profession.

"Thankfully not needed but building it so quickly and such a high quality was an outstanding achievement," said Governor, Martyn Roper of the Field Hospital which was set up at the Family Life Centre on Walker's Road in May, for the purpose of accommodating an overflow of COVID-19 patients should local healthcare facilities reach capacity.

"This is strong international recognition of Team Cayman’s Covid response. It was a genuine team effort with so many people across government departments involved. World class civil service in action. Well done Deputy Governor and all involved."

"Thank you to all of the NEOC members and other stakeholders who made this possible! Particular shout out goes to Graeme Jackson, Simon Griffiths, Dave Shelton, Lizzette Yearwood and team at Public Health/ HSA and PWD for all your hard work," said the Deputy Governor, Franz Manderson.

"A facility we hope never to use and build as part of the resilience measures that have made the Cayman Islands the safest place on Earth with no community transmission of COVID19," said Graeme Jackson.

"Well done to everyone who contributed to this project which was a truly collaborative project involving HSA, Government, NEOC, PWD, Chalmers Gibb, McAlpine, the Church of God Family Life centre and many many others."

Mr Jackson has indicated that the field hospital currently remains on standby; when the facility is decommissioned, 80 per cent of the equipment is earmarked for use in other projects, making it a truly sustainable project.

Association for Project Management (APM) is the only chartered body for the project profession, with over 30,000 individual members and more than 500 organisations participating in its Corporate Partnership Programme.

A World Class achievement by the Cayman Islands Government and our community partners. Sincere congratulations to everyone involved.

Posted by Franz Manderson on Monday, November 16, 2020

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