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Field Hospital Team

Published 18th December 2020, 12:53pm

On Monday, 16 November, the UK Association for Project

Management awarded the Cayman Islands Government winner of the social project

of the year category. This was in recognition of the cross-sector project

management approach taken for the construction and delivery of the field

hospital that was set up to support the Cayman Islands’ COVID-19 preparedness

strategy.

The Association for Project Management (APM) is the only

chartered body for the project profession, with over 30,000 individual members

worldwide. They are committed to developing and promoting the value of project

management in order to deliver improved project outcomes for the benefit of

society.

The field hospital project was co-ordinated by the National

Emergency Operations Centre (NEOC) and involved a collaboration across the

government, private sector and charity sector to deliver bed capacity for the

Health Services Authority (HSA) to be used in the event that the existing

hospital capacity became insufficient.

The APM judges noted that the project had been delivered

professionally, at pace, to provide the Cayman Islands with resilience

capability and reassurance to the community. It was judged a successful

response to an extraordinary set of circumstances.

Graeme Jackson, who had been seconded to the National

Emergency Operations Centre, said: “It was an incredible project and my thanks

and appreciation go out to everyone who turned an idea into a reality in a few

weeks. This included various Government departments, the Church of God Family

Life Centre and private sector partners all focused on creating capability for

the Health Services Authority.”

Mr. Jackson added: “The recognition by APM is yet another

example of the Cayman Islands delivering world-class services, in addition to

its enviable positioning as one of the safest countries in the world when it

comes to our COVID-19 response.”

Deputy Governor, Hon. Franz Manderson, said: “We are

delighted that our Civil Service has been recognised for their world-class

project management skills and for such an important project, which – thankfully

– we have not had to utilise. Social project of the year is a tough category

and I commend the other strong nominees in the category.”

For further information about the Association of

Project Management Awards, please see: www.apm.org.uk/apm-awards