A quiet revolution

04.09.17: Dermot Ryan, programme director at NHS Digital for the Health and Social Care Network (HSCN), talks to PSE about the importance of moving to the new supplier framework and outlines the next steps in the migration process. Achieving a truly...

Effective leadership in uncertain times

04.09.17: Dr David Beech, lecturer in people management at Salford Business School, argues that continuous renewal and progress is fundamental to effective leadership in uncertain times. We know a lot about what leadership is, what leaders do and how...

Refocusing professional development

04.09.17: Graeme McDonald, managing director of Solace, discusses the importance of taking time out to focus on learning, especially in the ever-changing landscape of the sector. Squeezing on to my packed commuter train on the way into Westminster re...

Support for councils following Grenfell

04.09.17: Ian Moore, CEO of the Fire Industry Association (FIA), discusses the wider lessons of the tragic Grenfell Tower fire and what measures and assessments local authorities need to have in place to protect their estate and buildings. Somehow it...

Transforming government with data

30.08.17: Peter Wells, head of policy at the Open Data Institute, explains why the need to strengthen our data infrastructure has never been more important. Data is infrastructure. Like roads that help us navigate to a destination, data helps us navi...

Opportunity knocks: why the public sector is the place to work right now

30.08.17: Caroline Nugent, president of the Public Services People Managers’ Association (PPMA) and director of HR & OD at oneSource, London Boroughs of Havering & Newham (pictured), on why the public sector remains a unique place where peop...

People first, digital always

30.08.17: Dionne Lowndes, digital lead at Staffordshire County Council, explains how an innovative partnership in the area aims to develop an integrated strategy providing services for the ‘Digital Citizen’. Digital is a means for us to a...

Shaping the Smarter State

28.08.17: Rob Driver, head of public sector at techUK, outlines how central and local government can fully embrace the transformational power of digital technology to deliver the promise of the ‘Smarter State’. The last decade has seen an...

Fit to serve?

28.08.17: As Oldham Council looks to transform the health of its population, Dr Carolyn Wilkins OBE, chief executive of the local authority, explains how the borough and its staff have begun to practice what they preach. Transforming health outcomes...

We must scrutinise gender in local government

23.08.17: Jennifer Glover, policy researcher at the Local Government Information Unit (LGiU), says gender representation is monitored in other sectors – so why not local government? In other sectors, a harsh light is being shone on gender repre...

Early learning from a City Deal

23.08.17: Newcastle City Council CEO Pat Ritchie explains how the area's City Deal is providing ambitious places with the funding they need to drive inclusive growth locally. I’m certain anyone who hasn’t visited Newcastle for a while can...

Transforming services, data and organisations

23.08.17: Taking digital government to the next level requires strong leadership from everyone in the sector, argues Daniel Thornton, programme director at the Institute for Government. Today the four most valuable companies in the world are digital...

It’s all part of the master plan

21.08.17: Dawn Baxendale, chief executive of Southampton City Council, talks about the city’s ambitions and the importance of its Master Plan, which has given investors greater confidence to commit their money to the area. We have ambitious pla...

Speaking up for mental health first aid training

21.08.17: Chris Langer, scheme intelligence manager at CIRAS and BACP registered counsellor, explains how effective training can help break the mental health taboo in the workplace. Organisations often appear to be making the right noises about menta...

Helping reduce energy costs

16.08.17: Joseph Ernst-Herman, director of utilities and fuels at the Crown Commercial Service (CCS), discusses the launch of the new Demand Side Response (DSR) framework to help the public sector reduce energy costs. With public sector organisations...

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Cheshire East faces police probe over tampering of air quality data

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Cheshire East Council is to be investigated by police following allegations that air quality data collected by the local authority had been delib... more >
Birmingham bin strikes called off following key High Court ruling

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Strikes by refuse workers in Birmingham have this week been called off after the union won an important High Court ruling. Unite has called ... more >
IFS: Public sector faces recruitment chaos if pay cap is not dropped

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The public sector will face major recruitment and retention issues if pay restraints, which are pushing wages to historically low levels, are con... more >
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How do we deliver true social and economic value for the community?

18/09/2017How do we deliver true social and economic value for the community?

Five years on from the introduction of the Social Value Act, Alison Ramsey, frameworks co-ordinator at Scape Procure, reflects on the key questions that prompted the legislation’s introduction. The Social Value Act was an important landmark. It decisively addressed the need for major public projects led by all public bodies to maxim... more >
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‘The HSCN is the realisation of industry best practice’

30/06/2017‘The HSCN is the realisation of industry best practice’

Keith Smith, public sector business development manager at Virgin Media Business, tells PSE’s Luana Salles that health and social care orga... more >
HSCN: The enabler for a more joined-up public sector

26/06/2017HSCN: The enabler for a more joined-up public sector

Mark Hall, Chief Assurance Officer at Redcentric, discusses NHS Digital’s project, the new Health and Social Care Network (HSCN) and what b... more >
Maintaining the momentum for further devolution

25/04/2017Maintaining the momentum for further devolution

Ahead of this year’s mayoral elections, Lord Kerslake, the former head of the Civil Service, tells PSE’s David Stevenson why the argu... more >
New social care funding misses the point

13/04/2017New social care funding misses the point

Clive Betts MP, chair of the Communities and Local Government (CLG) Committee, reflects on the social care funding released in this year’s ... more >

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The importance of openness after Grenfell

The importance of openness after Grenfell

Following the recent Grenfell Tower tragedy, Lord Porter, chairman of the LGA, argues that if the public are going to have faith in the safety testing process then everything must be out in the o... more > more last word articles >

editor's comment

14/08/2017Time for reflection

A lot has happened since the last edition of PSE was published. In particular, the snap general election delivered an astounding result that many of the pollsters and political experts could not have predicted when Theresa May initially called for it back in April. Chris Painter, Professor Emeritus at Birmingham City University, provides ... read more >

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Make the census meaningful again

11/09/2017Make the census meaningful again

Christopher Gallagher, Public Sector – ... more >
Time to revisit community engagement and rebuild trust

30/08/2017Time to revisit community engagement and rebuild trust

The Grenfell Tower disaster revealed a number... more >