Increasing trade and investment in the Northern Powerhouse
Generating almost 20% of the UK’s GDP and with FDI to the region growing at twice the rate of the rest of the UK, the Northern Powerhouse has immense commercial potential. For this session, find out about:
The opportunities to grow trade across the Northern regions
The strength of the Northern Powerhouse to attract overseas finance
How Northern Fintech, manufacturing, digital and other sectors can be supported
Devolution in practice – opportunities of the new mayoralties
2017 saw the establishment of six new mayoralties over combined authorities, creating huge new potential for delivering more locally-focused services. For this discussion, discover how these new leaders hope to transform regional governance.
Six months in – A progress update from the new city region mayors
Understanding the impact of a shift in the scale of local government leadership
Discussing the priorities for city region growth, including across the areas of skills, job growth, housing and transport
Finance, Corporate and Procurement
Finance, Corporate and Procurement stream chair opening address
Delivering value for money in public service procurement
Over £200 billion is spent by the UK public sector on procurement and despite great strides being made in recent years huge gains can still be made in the efficiency of government spend. For this session, topics include:
Helping local authorities make savings and free up time to spend on essential services
Responding to the specific needs and priorities of the wider public sector to offer a suite of procurement solutions and support
Approaches to effective contract management
Understanding procurement frameworks to ensure best practice in spending
Driving the transformation of local public services
Continued financial pressure, increasing demand and uncertainty arising from Brexit leave the public sector in exceptionally challenging times. Here, Jo Farrar will detail how government policy is helping support the sector transform in the face of these challenges:
Devolution and the localism agenda – changing government to deliver place-based services
Driving partnership and collaboration between the public, private and third sector
Achieving service transformation through innovation
Delivering a digital strategy for local government
Digital innovation has huge potential to transform the citizen’s experience of local public services. For this session, join leaders in digital government to discuss some of the ways we can upend previous ways of thinking:
The case for a combined digital strategy to increase connectivity for local authorities involving cities and combined authorities
What best practice currently looks like in digital upskilling and innovation across the sector
How digital change can transform the relationship between citizen and state
Digital change in the context of GDPR compliance and cyber resilience
Keynote: Cultivating excellence in the Civil Service
The UK has one of the best civil services in the world, yet in order to maintain its high quality of government it has to take the right steps to attract, nurture and retain talented professionals. For this session, hear about:
The progress of the Civil Service Workforce Plan 2016-2020
Creating the right environment for world class talent to prosper
New approaches for recruiting into the sector, including dedicated programmes and new online tools
Fostering talent, expertise and leadership across the public sector workforce
Employing over 5 million people across the UK, the public sector has to be at the forefront of developing our workforce to meet the needs of a 21st century economy and society. Join some of the leading organisations in the field to discuss central topics in the field including:
The role of the leader in equipping colleagues with the skills and ambition to develop
Creating an engaged workforce that is more motivated and productive
Exploring the challenges in retaining talent in the public sector
Changes to recruitment and public sector contracting such as IR35
Spurring best practice in the public sector through better information sharing
Uncovering and understanding the barriers to effective information sharing can be a lengthy process. Stephen Curtis will here provide insights into the necessary prerequisites for a successful information sharing, including culture, attitude and internal processes.
Successfully delivering growth and reform in a council
Carolyn Wilkins here explains her strategy for delivering economic growth, citizen engagement and wider public sector reform within the context of a thriving Borough Council as part of a wider metropolitan area.
Securing long-term fiscal sustainability in the public sector
Austerity is by no means over and continues to prove an immense strain on public services and resources. Sean Nolan will here discuss the steps local government and the wider public sector can take to spot the warning signs of financial strain and build long-term fiscal resilience.
There is a strong correlation between the level of local control over finances and the emergence of successful city economies. Chris Murray will share his insight into how devolution may hold the key to rebalancing UK city growth.
As a key intellectual figure behind the Northern Powerhouse, Lord O’Neill will share his thoughts regarding the project’s progress in recent years and the remaining obstacles to creating an effective integrated economic region to help redress the economic imbalance in the UK.
Improving public sector collaboration and user access thought better information sharing
Effective information sharing lays the foundations for better multi-agency collaboration and superior ease of access for citizens. For this session, discover how the Cheshire Care Record overcame the challenges involved to create shared information for more than 80 organisations:
The challenges of defining, implementing and managing data and information sharing strategies
How to build capacity for IT infrastructure innovation
Creating cloud based information sharing platforms to facilitate inter-agency cooperation and consolidation
Adopting a comprehensive 21st century cyber security strategy
Only half of the UK’s local authorities are prepared for a cyber-attack, and the need for local government to develop robust cyber security measures is now a necessity more than ever. In this session we explore how digital vulnerabilities can be addressed:
Identifying and remedying the weak links in your IT network
Building resilient digital infrastructure to withstand cyber attacks
Remaining vigilant and developing a cyber security mind set
Harnessing pioneering digital to deliver citizen-focused public services
With a vast universe of private sector products and services only a click away, people are increasingly expecting similar levels of intuitive design and automation in their public services. In this session we discuss the opportunities and challenges of leveraging these technologies for citizen-centric services.
Understanding the needs of the public when designing digital applications, interfaces and e-services
Utilising the power of AI and cloud based platforms
How to take advantage of the internet of things to breakdown data silos
Meeting the risks associated with data protection and cyber security
Increasing revenue and reducing costs through a commercial mindset
With local government set to lose 75 pence of every pound from central government funding by 2020, local authorities and councils need to find efficiency savings and new sources of revenues. For this session, attendees will consider:
Thinking innovatively in response to structural changes in government financing
Embracing a commercial mind set to ensure best value for money and sound financial management
Finding alternative revenue streams to overcome efficiency constraints
Rationalising your assets to integrate services, exploit existing capital and reduce costs
The Social Value Act was introduced to help local authorities leverage their buying power and to support socially responsible procurement. Now five years on, this session explores the ways social value can be successfully incorporated into planning and development strategies.
Embedding social value into public services, and building capacity to deliver
Delivering social value through effective commissioning frameworks
Measuring the impact of social value creation
Improving strategic and operational decisions for delivering better customer outcomes
Although gains have been made, many workplaces remain woefully deficient in providing reasonable adjustments for employees with disabilities, and in effectively engaging with disabled jobseekers. For this session, find out about AbilityNet and Clear Talent’s award-winning digital solution for this challenge:
Understanding the barriers that remain for disabled jobseekers
Issues preventing employees with changing circumstances not receiving reasonable adjustments
AbilityNet and Clear Talent’s pioneering online diversity profile solution
Public Sector People Manager’s Association Panel Discussion
For this session, the PPMA will head an interactive discussion featuring best practice case studies from across the sector, examining some of the ways senior public sector professionals are redefining the ways their workforces can be led.
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