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February events round up
Local Government Dinner
At a time when local government is facing unprecedented levels of change, we brought together Council Chief Executives from across the country to discuss their thoughts on the latest set of challenges and budgetary constraints. The group was addressed by Tony Travers, Director of British Government at the London School of Economics, and Ben Lucas, Managing Director of Metro Dynamics.
The latest funding reforms are forcing councils to bolster revenue from local sources which, in some cases, has led to an increase in council tax to fund areas such as social care. As guest our speakers pointed out, although this level of pressure isn’t new for local government, the ongoing challenge facing councils is to deliver the same level of services with an even smaller workforce.
Our guests also discussed the potential effects of devolution in relation to talent gaps. With local councils subject to different types of deals, there is not a one size fits all approach and councils that have historically operated in a set way may well require a different set of skills to move forward, which should lead to increased opportunities for interim executives.
Adult Social Care Evening
This month also saw us host an Adults Social Care and Health Integration Dinner where we were fortunate enough to be joined by Guest Speaker Tony Hunter, Chief Executive of Social Care Institute for Excellence. The event focused on the challenges regional public services face in sustaining the same level of services through austerity, and attendees also noted the need for increased personalisation of NHS services to enhance the customer experience.
The ageing population is inevitably affecting the provision of adult care, and local government faces the challenge of balancing transformation with progression, as it can sometimes seem like the good work of predecessors is being undone.
Northern Healthcare Dinner
For the third year running, we hosted our Northern Healthcare Dinner, which is fast becoming a highlight in the calendar of senior NHS leaders in the North.
We welcomed Angela Spindler, CEO of N Brown Plc, the retailer behind clothing brands Jacamo, Simply Be and JD Williams. Angela offered our guests a unique insight into the challenges she has faced since joining the business and her journey in transforming the company from a traditional catalogue retailer to cutting edge e-tailer.
Angela was able to draw a number of parallels with the conditions facing much of the healthcare sector, from responding to the rapid advancement of technology, managing intense public scrutiny and delivering transformational change.