iN The Loop

iN The Loop series relaunched in April 2022 with monthly webcasts exploring the big challenges and topical themes in the public sector. Following the delivery of each live webcast, which will broadcast on the last Wednesday of every month, each session will be edited into a short podcast. Our podcasts enable members to easily catch up and take in the key learning and best bits at any time.

iN The Loop was originally launched in 2020 to discuss the ever changing situation as a result of the global pandemic. You can still revisit the 11 webcasts that were delivered on various COVID-19 response and recovery themes. iNetwork members can access the previous iN The Loop recordings on the iNetwork Knowledge Hub. If you would like to find out more information about iNetwork membership, please email info@i-network.org.uk

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2022 Series

Wednesday 29th June 2022 - The Levelling Up agenda for the Local Public Sector

The Levelling Up agenda for the Local Public Sector

Levelling up has been a hot topic for the last couple of years. The long awaited white paper outlining the levelling up strategy was released in early 2022. The wide ranging paper covers many different aspects, with a strong focus on devolution of power to counties throughout the country. The paper holds the government to account with a number of ambitious targets to be achieved by 2030. 

In this session we will be exploring; how will these targets be achieved? What will levelling up look like at a local level? and how will it affect public service delivery?

The session is hosted by iNetwork, and we will be joined by panel speakers: 

  • Alison McKenzie-Folan, Wigan Council
  • Pooja Agrawal, Public Practice

 

Register for a ticket to attend here.

 

Wednesday 25th May 2022 - CCG to ICS: The hurdles and challenges of major reform

CCG to ICS: The hurdles and challenges of major reform

From April 2022 Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) will begin the transition to Integrated Care Systems (ICS). The changes are set to bring about a number of challenges for those in the health sector and beyond as professionals integrate into a new way of working and link up with other organisations. Progress and approaches to this major reform vary from place to place.

In this session we will be aiming to bring together a range of perspectives to discuss the main challenges and share best practice.

The session is hosted by iNetwork, and we will be joined by panel speakers: 

 

  • Stephen Curtis, East Riding of Yorkshire Council
  • Ellie Moulton, Sefton Council

Listen in to the CCG to ICS Podcast Below

Wednesday 27th April 2022 - How is the conflict in Ukraine affecting UK public service delivery?

How is the conflict in Ukraine affecting UK public service delivery?

The Russian invasion of Ukraine is one of the largest conflicts since the Second World War. Although the war is over 1,000 miles away, it is already impacting our economy both nationally and locally. The impact is multiple, with increased cyber risk, a potential influx of refugees, rises in energy prices, disruption to supply chains and change in budget focus. 

This session will explore how the conflict is affecting local service delivery, touching on a range of issues covered in the main iNetwork programmes.

The session is hosted by iNetwork, and we will be joined by panel speakers: 

 

  • Daniel Coyne, Cheshire East Council
  • Ian Reed, YPO
  • Yunus Mayat, City of Bradford Metropolitan District Council

Listen in to the Ukrainian Conflict Podcast Below

2020 Series

Tuesday 6th October 2020 - Investing in our Future: Supporting Young People through COVID-19

Living with COVID-19: Investing in our Future: Supporting Young People through COVID-19

One of the most pressing concerns of Covid-19, the lockdown, and the resulting economic downturn, is the impact it has had young people so far, and could continue to have into the future. Although young people are generally less at risk from the acute health implications of contracting Covid-19, it is arguable that they will be the most severely affected group by the socio-economic disruption that the pandemic has caused.

This session will explore what the local public sector can do to support young people now, as well as in the coming months and years to prevent a downturn in their prospects, life chances, and long-term health & wellbeing.

The session is hosted by Louis Stockwell, iNetwork, and she will be joined by panel speakers:

  • Dave Nuttall, Thrive Manchester
  • Diane Higgins, Rochdale BC
  • Stuart Dunne, Youth Focus NW

iNetwork members can access the iN The Loop recordings on the iNetwork Knowledge Hub.

Tuesday 22nd September 2020 - Managing Effective Messaging: Learning from our COVID-19 comms

Living with COVID-19: Managing Effective Messaging: Learning from our COVID-19 comms

Communications has always been important, and ever more so during this unprecedented time. In this session we will be exploring effective crisis messaging, how we can communicate more effectively and understand what we might need to do to reach our audiences in the wake of second and third waves of the pandemic.

The session is hosted by Shelley Heckman, iNetwork, and she will be joined by panel speakers:

  • Jamie Whyte, Propolis Open Data Factory
  • Maddie Moralee, Local Digital Collaboration Unit, MHCLG

iNetwork members can access the iN The Loop recordings on the iNetwork Knowledge Hub.

Tuesday 08th September 2020 - Living with COVID-19: the Demand for Public Services

Living with COVID-19: the Demand for Public Services 

COVID-19 has brought unprecedented changes and challenges. In response, we have already witnessed a shift in the demand for local public services. With the ongoing health and economic crises facing society, it is vitally important to consider how local public services can adapt to continue to support local communities through the pandemic and beyond.

In this session, we will explore how those working in the local public, and voluntary & community sectors, have responded so far to these pressures, and how they are planning to address longer term changes in the demand for local public services.

The session is hosted by Louis Stockwell, iNetwork, and he will be joined by panel speakers:

  • Simon Kweeday, Big Life Group
  • Su Long, Bolton CCG

iNetwork members can access the iN The Loop recordings on the iNetwork Knowledge Hub.

 

Tuesday 25th August 2020 - COVID-19 Climate Emergency Opportunities for a Green Recovery (CANCELLED)

COVID-19 Climate Emergency Opportunities for a Green Recovery.

Responding to feedback from the iNetwork partnership that this topic would be better served as a more participatory ‘learn & share’ event, we will be hosting a round table on local public sector climate emergency and green recovery on 16 September.

 

Tuesday 11th August 2020 - Motivation and Morale: The Value of Us in the Workplace

Motivation and Morale: The Value of Us in the Workplace.

COVID-19 has brought unprecedented changes and pressures in our lives, radically changing the structure of working life for many of us in the local public sector. In this session, we will explore how this may have impacted our individual and collective morale and motivation at work, and to discuss tips, tools and techniques to address this

The session is hosted by Shelley Heckman, iNetwork, and she will be joined by panel speakers:

  • Alex Grundy, Plus Dane Housing
  • Chris Woodhouse, Bury Council
  • Sharon Senior, NW Employers

iNetwork members can access the iN The Loop recordings on the iNetwork Knowledge Hub.

 

Tuesday 28th July 2020 - Managing Effective Messaging: Learning from our COVID-19 Comms (Postponed)

Managing Effective Messaging: Learning from our Covid-19 Comms.

This webcast has unfortunately been postponed. Please keep up to date with all iN The Loop webcasts by signing up to the mailing list and do check the iNetwork website for any further news and updates about iNetwork services.

iNetwork members can access the iN The Loop recordings on the iNetwork Knowledge Hub.

Tuesday 21st July 2020 - Including the Digitally Excluded during Lock-down

Including the Digitally Excluded during Lock-down.

This session will explore the consequences of COVID-19 as many of us have started to utilise services online and what it means to be digitally excluded. Panel speakers will discuss how they are adapting to these changes and what the future of digital looks like post COVID-19.

The session is hosted by Shelley Heckman, iNetwork, and she will be joined by panel speakers:

  • Lee Emery, Stockport Council
  • Emma Ward, Good Things Foundation
  • Norman Hunter, Liverpool City Region Combined Authority

iNetwork members can access the iN The Loop recordings on the iNetwork Knowledge Hub.

Tuesday 14th July 2020 - Enabling Data Sharing in a New World

Enabling Data Sharing in a New World.

This session will explore how we have been data sharing during the COVID-19 response phase, the issues and challenges we’ve faced, and what we could learn from this as we move into recovery and reset. The below invited speakers have expertise on data standards, business intelligence and information governance respectively; with local authority experience from Sedgemoor (Somerset), Manchester (Greater Manchester) and Warrington (Cheshire).

The session is hosted by Shelley Heckman, iNetwork, and she will be joined by panel speakers:

  • Paul Davidson, iStandUK & Sedgemoor District Council
  • Paul Holme, Manchester City Council
  • Sarah Gallear, Warrington Borough Council

iNetwork members can access the iN The Loop recordings on the iNetwork Knowledge Hub.

Tuesday 07th July 2020 - Beyond Lock-down: Recovering Local Communities & Economies

Beyond Lock-down: Recovering Local Communities & Economies.

This session will examine the grave impact of the COVID-19 lock-down on local economies, and what implications this could have for progressive policy outcomes such as environmental sustainability, inequality, modern slavery, and inclusive growth. The discussion will focus on how the local public sector can champion the ‘build back better’ agenda and explore what this might look like in practice for both the medium to long term.

With our expert panellists, we will discuss these challenges whilst also exploring the opportunities for a positive transformation of our local economies to make them fairer, greener, and more resilient. To do this we will explore topics like local wealth building, progressive procurement practices, commercialisation and much more.

The session is hosted by Louis Stockwell, iNetwork, and he will be joined by panel speakers:

  • Michael Crook, STAR
  • Tom Lloyd-Goodwin, CLES
  • Jonathan Hindle, Rochdale Development Agency

iNetwork members can access the iN The Loop recordings on the iNetwork Knowledge Hub.

Tuesday 30th June 2020 - Understanding the New Threat Landscape

Understanding the New Threat Landscape.

COVID-19 has catalysed transformation of the public sector’s working practices and policies. From the dramatic rise in agile working necessitated by social distancing rules, to the increased pressure on public authorities to support local economies and suppliers, many of us have had to adapt to a new way of working.

Unfortunately, those who wish to exploit and defraud the public sector have also been adapting. This iN The Loop session will explore the changing nature of the threat landscape for the local public sector. We will begin by discussing the new trends and tactics being deployed by threat actors, fraudsters, and (cyber) criminals. We will then consider what steps we might take collectively, and as individuals, to ensure that we protect the public sector, and the communities we serve, throughout COVID-19 and into ‘the new normal’.

The session is hosted by Louis Stockwell, iNetwork, and he will be joined by panel speakers:

  • Lavinia Ferguson, NAFN
  • Ben Cheetham, MHCLG,
  • Yunus Mayat, Bradford Council

iNetwork members can access the iN The Loop recordings on the iNetwork Knowledge Hub.

Tuesday 23rd June 2020 - The Workforce in the Age of Social Distancing

The Workforce in the Age of Social Distancing.

The session will explore the impact that the dramatic increase in agile and socially distant working is having on the mental and physical well-being of our staff and colleagues, and what strategies we can use to support each other throughout lock-down and beyond.

Many of us in the local public sector have had no choice but to change our working arrangements and practices over the past few months. In this session we will also be discussing some of the longer term implications of this on our organisational and personal conceptions of work and working culture.

The session is hosted by Shelley Heckman, iNetwork, and she will be joined by panel speakers:

  • Alex Grundy,  Plus Dane Housing
  • Cath McCarty, North  Yorkshire County Council
  • Vikki Morris, Wigan Council

iNetwork members can access the iN The Loop recordings on the iNetwork Knowledge Hub.

Tuesday 16th June 2020 - The Workplace and the New Normal

The Workplace and the New Normal.

This session will explore themes including office and workplace modifications to accommodate social distancing, expansion of remote and agile working methods, and what the enablers of these changes are. We will also be discussing what the medium and long term implications of these changes will be on the working culture of the local public sector and beyond.

The session is hosted by Shelley Heckman, iNetwork, and she will be joined by panel speakers:

  • Charlotte Byrne, Resolution Interiors
  • Sarah Barron, North Yorkshire County Council

iNetwork members can access the iN The Loop recordings on the iNetwork Knowledge Hub.

 

Tuesday 9th June 2020 - Harnessing the Power of Community Volunteers: Beyond Lock-down

Harnessing the power of community Volunteers: Beyond Lock-down. 

The first session is hosted by Shelley Heckman, iNetwork, and she will be joined by panel speakers:

  • Sarah Bullock, St Helens Council
    Alison Moglione, Liverpool City Council
    Kieran Smith, Greater Manchester Combined Authority
    Marie-Anne Jackson, North Yorkshire County Council

iNetwork members can access the iN The Loop recordings on the iNetwork Knowledge Hub.