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iNetwork News Digest - February 2016
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In the Know, February 2016 



Hi <<First Name>>,

The end of the financial year is nearly upon us. In this often frantic time, iNetwork is pleased to report a successful, and extremely busy, year of networking, practice sharing and innovation. 

So far this year, with have hosted and facilitated around 50 events, meetings and conferences on a wide array of topics. With a throughput of almost 2000 registered attendees since last April, this has been no easy task. It is, however, one in which we take great pride and privilege. 

One area we are particularly proud of this year is the successful, national delivery of free lean service redesign training. We have witnessed 11 different individual organisations accessing the training, with 26 cohorts, representing approximately 250 people. This training delivers significant savings and service improvements and demonstrates investment in staff at a time of cuts. If you haven't be able to benefit from this training yet, don't fret, there are more lean sessions to come. Contact Catherine O'Neil for more information. 

Please take the time to read through our latest news below, it contains several items we think you will find useful.

Best Wishes from the iNetwork and iStandUK teams

NEWS

Check out our new "What Works" Case Studies

As part of the ongoing development of our new website, iNetwork have set out to build up a library of “What Works” case studies. Click here to take a look.

It is our hope that this library can become a central point for sharing best practice and innovative ideas across the country. It will give members and prospective members quick and easy access to information about cutting-edge projects which may be of interest to them. As such it will fit with our overall strategy to allow further cooperation and collaboration on the public sector reform agenda.

At present the library is still under construction and only a handful of case studies are live. Most of them featured at our annual innovation awards so they are well worth your attention. Be sure to check in regularly as there will be projects going up which, we assure you, you will not want to miss.

Finally, as a network we welcome the sharing of all best practice and expertise. If you or your organisation has a project/case study that you think might be of any value to others please do not hesitate to get in touch by dropping us an e-mail, we’d love to hear from you.
 
Extended Funding for Free Business Improvement Training
 
iNetwork members can benefit from funded business improvement training courses for free! 

During the course, delegates will learn key skills enabling them to critically analyse their business’ performance and make lasting improvements to benefit residents and internal customers.

Access to free training is offered on a first-come-first-served basis. If your organisation has not taken advantage of the offer yet, hurry before the funding runs out. More details can be found on the iNetwork website, and expressions of interest can be made to Catherine O'Neill.
       
           
Update on Citizen Need Service Profiler

This month, the first of three workshops was held in Preston. The aim of these workshops is to begin to explore whether it is possible to produce an app, with which a citizen can simply tick boxes to describe their circumstances, which will then suggest appropriate local services that they are eligible for.

iNetwork and iStandUK are collaborating with the LGA, IEG4 and other officers from a cross-section of organisations in the North West to try to build a prototype app and at the same time provide suggestions for open standards to help citizens find services that can meet their needs.

More details about the project can be found on the iNetwork website. Contact Ian Singleton if you are interested in getting involved.
 

Useful Links

Budget cuts and Local Government restructure risk triggering a crisis in adult social care

Greg Clark MP delivers statement to the Commons outlining the key points of DCLG consultation on the local government finance settlement

Eight councils chosen to trial free childcare provision

Department of Health boosts productivity with digital transformation project
 

Interview with Martin Wyke, CEO of the Police ICT Company, on the digital future of UK police forces.

£1.5 million to help people spot signs of mental illness


A key role for open data in policy making
 

 

ANOTHER NEW WEBSITE!

Further to our development of the iNetwork website, we are proud to unveil the new and improved iStandUK website!

Be sure to check it out for the latest news and project work around all things data standards in the public sector.  

 

We are very excited about the projects of iStandUK and implore you to get involved. Collaboration is not only welcome, but essential to success and improved efficiency for us all when it comes to standards. 

We are particularly excited about the new forum capability. It is our aim to make this a national center of discussion and deliberation in the near future. Please take the time to sign up and share your expertise!

UPCOMING 

EVENTS

Community Assets: Harnessing your Communities' Strengths
26 Feb 2016, Stretford
"Think Cyber - Think Resilience" - Local Leadership Seminar: East Midlands
29 Feb 2016, Nottingham
Digitising Information Sharing Agreements: Cheshire and Merseyside.
4 Mar 2016, Wirral (TBC)
New Models for Customer Services
8 Mar 2016, Manchester
Info Security & Assurance Group Meeting (Invitation Only - for members of NW WARP)
11 Mar 2016, Manchester
IAPS Network Leadership Group Meeting (Invitation only)
16 Mar 2016, Rochdale
"Think Cyber - Think Resilience" - Local Leadership Seminar: West Midlands
17 Mar 2016, Birmingham
Connected Procurement Forum, March 2016
23 Mar 2016, Manchester
iNetwork InfoSec Conference 2016: Building Cyber Security and Resilience in a Digital World
22 April 2016, Manchester
Digital Managers' Forum Spring Event
26 April 2016, Warrington
Go ON NW Spring Partnership Meeting
12 May 2016, Manchester

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