Just can’t wait to get on the road again

Since we launched in April, we’ve been touring the country to exhibit and speak at a range of events and conferences. While our green and black colours have been getting some geographic exposure, our profile on Twitter has been growing and our website has received more and more visits by the month.

While we regroup to catch our collective breath and prepare for our wider team launch in the autumn, below is a brief round-up of where you might have seen us this summer.

Charlotte and Nicola speak to a visitorIn May we exhibited at the Public Sector Show at the ExCeL London. You can read more about this event in our previous blog post – Sharing information and transforming services at the Public Sector Show.

BsAjKbUCEAA-2vDIn June we took our new banner and postcards to exhibit at the LGComms Academy in Manchester. As well as raising the Centre’s profile with communications colleagues across the sector, it was inspiring to hear how they are delivering effective communications while still innovating, despite ongoing industry pressures and financial challenges.

BslAwVDCUAIqj2IEquipped with our trusty banners, postcards and all-important sweets, in July we joined colleagues from Public Service Transformation Network and PwC to exhibit at the Newcastle and London legs of Civil Service Live. At St James’ Park, home of Newcastle United Football Club, we pitched our stand under the watchful eyes of a Kevin Keegan photo to speak to civil servants from across the North East – a good mix of people including lots of front line staff who were eager to share some of the information sharing barriers they face. In London we were equally rushed off our feet – and we don’t think it was just down to the mints we gave away! We had the opportunity to speak to people from a range of government departments and hear about some innovative projects, such as London Connect, as well as doing a cheeky Civil Service Live pledge (see photo!).

Br9LZTaIIAAPJFIIn July we also squeezed in a trip to the Bournemouth seaside to exhibit at the LGA Annual Conference. Between sheltering from a seasonal hailstorm and indulging in fish and chips on the beach, we spent three days promoting our information sharing vision to council leaders, senior officers, and policy makers, and we also made some exciting connections with a number of voluntary and private organisations. Just 10 months away from the General Election, there was a distinct air of ‘making things happen’ and with the launch of the LGA’s ‘Investing in our nation’s future: the first 100 days of the next government’, our message for breaking down barriers and sharing information better was positively received, albeit with tentative apprehension that our task is a big one. We look forward to demonstrating that we’re up to the challenge!

Also in July…

Stephen Curtis delivered a well received session about debunking data myths and the reality of the information sharing vision to the Transforming Technology in Health & Social Care summit in London.

Charlotte Piper joined a dynamic panel at the Public Service Transformation Conference in London to explore how organisations can overcome the challenges surrounding sharing data to ensure they provide efficient, person-centered services.

In short, we’ve been on the road so much lately that we may be in the market for a roadie with a tour bus. That’s about it for now though until the autumn so while we are working hard behind the scenes to get our new team in place, enjoy the great British summer!