Blog contributed by Diko Blackings – New Models of Delivery Officer, Surrey County Council
Surrey County Council has three strategic networks, each of which hosts sessions for colleagues to engage in significant transformation and improvement projects impacting the council.
Each network is attended by senior colleagues from within the organisation and chaired by the council’s Strategic Directors:
- The Continuous Improvement and Productivity Network (CIPN) is chaired by Yvonne Rees, Chief Executive of Mole Valley District Council and Strategic Director for Customers and Communities
- The New Models of Delivery Network (NMOD) is chaired by Julie Fisher, Deputy Chief Executive and Strategic Director for Children, Schools and Families
- Prosperous Places Network (PPN) is chaired by Trevor Pugh, Strategic Director for Environment and Infrastructure
The networks meet monthly with the goal of finding new ways for the organisation to be more effective and efficient. These are interactive sessions, where participation is encouraged and ideas are welcomed.
You can read more about these networks in our Chief Executive’s Six Month Progress Report.
Below we share some of our achievements in 2015 and plans for the year ahead.
Continuous Improvement and Productivity Network
This network is responsible for ensuring that Surrey delivers to the highest standards for our residents. We do this by identifying areas for improvement, developing and refining current policy and practice to bring about greater productivity within the day-to-day running of the organisation.
The network played an important part in leading on the refresh of the council’s 2015 – 2020 Medium Term Financial Plan (MTFP), developing the organisation’s new customer promise and implemented a new performance monitoring tool.
Presently the network is looking to ensure that our support functions are best aligned to improve front-line outcomes.
New Models of Delivery Network
If you like new ideas and discovering new ways of doing things, then the New Models of Delivery Network may be of interest to you. The key drivers for the network are being able to manage demand, respond to changing expectations and manage the impact of reduced funding.
In recent months, network members have participated in some very interesting and challenging sessions around welfare reform, passenger transport, Orbis, community spaces, health and social care integration and digital.
As the network relaunches in 2016, it intends to look ahead and engage in the big change programmes impacting local government, focusing closely on Public Value Transformation, devolution, health and social care integration and complex individuals.
Prosperous Places Network
Alternatively if you find yourself concerned with place and economic regeneration, then the Prosperous Places Network may be of particular interest. PPN is interested in ensuring Surrey’s economy grows and its places support residents’ wellbeing.
Over the course of 2015 PPN has embarked on a comprehensive stocktaking exercise with each of Surrey’s 11 District and Borough councils, looking at potential economic regeneration plans. This is to ensure all growth plans are coordinated.
This year PPN work will be centred on devolution and how it can benefit Surrey’s residents, environment and infrastructure and economy.