Mar
8
Fri
ADSO Webinar – The Modern DSO @ via GoTo Webinar
Mar 8 @ 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm

Democratic Services have a vital role to play in terms of making sure councils make robust and democratically sound decisions. However, this role as one of the guardians of the democratic process can’t be at the expense of supporting local government to move forward and adapt to its ever challenging and changing context.

The webinar, delivered by the Chief Executive at Adur and Worthing Councils, Dr Catherine Howe, will explore how democratic decision making and design can be harnessed as part of organisational change and the opportunity Democratic Services teams have to support and be part of wider change in Local Government.

The potential impacts of opportunities of new technologies as well as some of the trends in citizen participation will be discussed as well as exploring how Democratic Services could reshape themselves and their skills to be part of that wider conversation and support change inside and outside of an organisation. It will also touch on some examples of the integration of democratic and deliberative approaches as well as looking at ways to kick start democratic innovation.

The webinar is particularly suitable for Senior Democratic Service Officers and Monitoring Officers as well as participation practitioners who want to understand more about how their work can integrate with democratic processes.

The webinar is sponsored by MVI Audio Visual (www.mvi-audiovisual.com), who provide standard software for automatic camera control, name displaying and voting automation in council chambers. Their products are widely used around Europe, including the UK.

Their remote participation product EasyConf Connect is designed for councils to live stream the council meeting, even in hybrid scenarios. It combines remote participants and in-room participants in a unique way. All meeting metadata, like attendance, speech times and voting results, is stored as PDF and can be integrated into the councils document management system.

To register, click on the following link:   https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/7512688509586461273

Please note that you will need to be able to login in to GoTo webinar in order to access the webinar.  If you are logging in from your workplace, you will need to ensure that GoTo has not been blocked by your organisation.  Otherwise, you can log on from your mobile.

Mar
11
Mon
Workshop 1: Introduction to Health Service Governance @ Via Zoom
Mar 11 @ 1:30 pm – 4:30 pm

ADSO is hosting an interactive, virtual course ‘Introduction to Health Service Governance’.  This will be delivered as two, three-hour virtual workshops held via Zoom with delegates being required to attend both workshops.

Audience

  • Are you currently in the NHS working at bands 5-8?
  • Or are you working in local government with health scrutiny committees or keen to explore a career in the NHS?
  • If so, this course will help you understand the key questions, drivers and decisions driving health service governance.  It will also demonstrate how your local authority governance skills can be applied in another setting to aid career development.

Content

The workshops will provide an overview of NHS governance including:

  • Its structure and functions
  • The law and guidance that surrounds it
  • How leadership and culture are vital to its success
  • The roles and responsibilities of an NHS board
  • The difference (and similarities) between the NHS and local government

The workshops will include plenary presentations, case studies and smaller group working, enabling delegates to learn with other people from across the country.

Trainers – John Thorpe & Matthew Kane

John Thorpe is Foundation Trust Secretary at Chesterfield Royal Hospital NHS Foundation Trust and formerly Democratic Services Manager at Leicester City Council.

Matthew Kane is Associate Director of Corporate Affairs at Sheffield Children’s NHS Foundation Trust and formerly Governance Manager/Deputy Monitoring Officer at two district councils in north Derbyshire.

Date and time

Workshop One – Monday 11th March 2024, 1.30pm-4.30pm
Workshop Two – Monday 18th March 2024, 1.30pm-4.30pm

Cost

  • ADSO Member rate – £110 + VAT per person to attend the course
  • Non-ADSO Member rate – £160+ VAT per person to attend the course

How to book a place 

To book a place please use the online booking form via the link below.  Terms and conditions for booking can be found here.

Booking requirements

  • A purchase order number is required for all bookings.  Please make the PO out to ADSO.
  • A hardcopy of the purchase order is required.
  • Please provide us with your ADSO Membership number (if applicable)
  • A few days after booking you will receive a calendar invite for the workshop(s).  Please note that your email address will be visible to all participants unless you advise us otherwise.

Please send the above information to adsotraining@emcouncils.gov.uk.

Mar
12
Tue
Workshop 1: Ethics and Standards @ Via Zoom
Mar 12 @ 9:30 am – 12:30 pm

ADSO will be running an interactive, virtual course ‘Ethics and Standards.  The course will be delivered as two, three-hour long workshops held virtually.

Audience

This course is aimed at Democratic Services Officers who wish to develop their understanding of the legal framework within which councils operate and the practical application of this to the range of work areas undertaken by democratic services teams.  The course content will be relevant both to those who are relatively new to democratic services and officers with a few years’ experience, who may want to refresh their knowledge on ethics and standards.

How the course will be delivered

The course will be delivered virtually.  To maximise the delegates’ learning experience the course has been divided into two virtual workshops.

Workshop 1

  • Provide an overview of the Legal Framework
  • An overview of the Code of Conduct, together with some case studies
  • Committee on Standards in Public Life and LGA – model Code of Conduct
  • What the law says about Members’ Interests, together various case studies regarding Members’ Interests
  • Dispensations from the Monitoring Officer

Workshop 2

  • Provide a short recap of the learning from Workshop 1
  • An overview of the Standards Committees
  • Explanation of Independent Persons and their role
  • Details about complaints, Investigations and Standards Hearings, together with various case studies around complaints

The workshops will include plenary presentations, case studies and smaller group working, enabling delegates to learn with delegates from across the country.  This will also provide great opportunity for delegates to network and share contact details with each other for future reference and information sharing.

Trainers – Tracy Tiff & Peter Sass
Tracy has worked in Local Government since 1995, moving to Democratic Services in 1997. She has a wealth of experience and knowledge in governance, constitution and Overview and Scrutiny.  Tracy gained valuable experience from worked at Northampton Borough Council from 2001 to 2021, transferring to the Unitary Council – West Northants Council in April 2021; where she is continuing in the field of Democratic Services.

Peter Sass is the Head of Governance & Deputy Monitoring Officer. (Wandsworth) serving Richmond and Wandsworth Councils He has 35 years’ experience in numerous governance roles; mainly Democratic/Members’ Services and elections/electoral registration and has worked at all tiers of local government including a parish council.

Dates and times

Workshop One – Tuesday 12th March 2024, 9.30am-12.30pm
Workshop Two – Tuesday 19th March 2024, 9.30am-12.30pm

Delegates are required to attend both workshops.  Please note that you only need to book on 12th March course date to be able to attend both workshops.

Cost

  • ADSO Member rate – £110 + VAT per person to attend the course
  • Non-ADSO Member rate – £160 + VAT per person to attend the course

Please email adsotraining@emcouncils.gov.uk if you wish to be allocated a learner place.

How to book a place

To book a place please use the online booking form via the link below.  Terms and Conditions of booking can be found here.

Booking requirements

  • A purchase order number is required for all bookings.  Please make the PO out to ADSO.
  • A hardcopy of the purchase order is required.
  • Please provide us with your ADSO Membership number (if applicable)
  • A few days after booking you will receive a calendar invite for the workshop(s).  Please note that your email address will be visible to all participants unless you advise us otherwise.

Please send the above information to adsotraining@emcouncils.gov.uk.

Workshop 1: Working in a Political Environment @ Via Zoom
Mar 12 @ 9:30 am – 12:30 pm

ADSO is hosting the interactive, virtual course ‘Working in a Political Environment’.  This will be delivered as two, virtual 3-hour workshops.  Delegates will be required to attend both of the virtual workshops.

Audience

This course is aimed at Democratic Services Officers who wish to work more effectively with elected members. The target audience will be those who are relatively new to democratic service teams and those with a few years’ experience.

The content is also linked to Module 6, Members and Officers in Local Government,  of the ADSO Certificate so it will help learners with their research for this module.

How the course will be delivered

The course will be delivered virtually, to maximise the delegates learning experience the course has been broken into two virtual workshops.

The workshops will seek to:

  • Explore and better understand the differences between the roles and responsibilities of elected members and officers.
  • Examine the legal, constitutional and procedural framework regulating the conduct of members and officers.
  • Enhance your understanding of the political environment around you.
  • Develop your knowledge and skills of how to operate effectively in a political environment.

The workshops are designed to be interactive and include a lot of smaller group working and case studies. Participants are encouraged to take an active part in the course and to learn from the experiences of other delegates from across the country.

Trainers – Michael Robson & Rachel Basham

Michael has recently taken up a senior governance role in the North of Tyne Combined Authority, previously working in the Democratic Services Team at North Tyneside Council for over 30 years. During this time Michael has supported a wide variety of democratic functions, including regulatory and scrutiny committees, the health & wellbeing board and school admission appeals. Since electing its first Mayor in 2002, North Tyneside has experienced significant periods of political turbulence, particularly when the Council and its overview and scrutiny committees were controlled by the opposing group to the Elected Mayor.   Michael serves on the ADSO Board as a representative for combined and themed authorities. As well as a trainer, Michael is also a qualified A1 Assessor working with learners undertaking the Certificate in Democratic Services.

Rachel has over fifteen years’ experience of working in local government, in a variety of roles across Democratic Services and Leadership teams. Her current substantive post is Member Services Manager at Surrey County Council, although she is currently on a 12-month secondment at Woking Borough Council, providing additional strategic support to their Leadership team. Rachel is a City and Guilds qualified adult trainer alongside being an assessor for both the ASDO Certificate in Democratic Services and the Charter for Member Development.

Date and time

Workshop One – Tuesday 12th March 2024, 9.30am-12.30pm
Workshop Two – Wednesday 20th March 2024, 9.30am-12.30pm

Delegates are required to attend both workshops.  Please note that you only need to book on 12th March course date to be able to attend both workshops.

Cost

  • ADSO Member rate – £110 + VAT per person to attend the course
  • Non-ADSO Member rate – £160 + VAT per person to attend the course

Please email adsotraining@emcouncils.gov.uk if you wish to be allocated a learner place.

How to book a place 

To book a place please use the online booking form via the link below.  Terms and conditions for booking can be found here.

Booking requirements

  • A purchase order number is required for all bookings.  Please make the PO out to ADSO.
  • A hardcopy of the purchase order is required.
  • Please provide us with your ADSO Membership number (if applicable)
  • A few days after booking you will receive a calendar invite for the workshop(s).  Please note that your email address will be visible to all participants unless you advise us otherwise.

Please send the above information to adsotraining@emcouncils.gov.uk.

Mar
14
Thu
East Midlands Regional Meeting @ via Microsoft Teams
Mar 14 @ 10:00 am – 11:30 am
Mar
15
Fri
ADSO Full Board meeting @ Via Zoom
Mar 15 @ 9:30 am – 12:30 pm
Mar
18
Mon
Workshop 2: Introduction to Health Service Governance @ Via Zoom
Mar 18 @ 1:30 pm – 4:30 pm

ADSO is hosting an interactive, virtual course ‘Introduction to Health Service Governance’.  This will be delivered as two, three-hour virtual workshops held via Zoom with delegates being required to attend both workshops.

Audience

  • Are you currently in the NHS working at bands 5-8?
  • Or are you working in local government with health scrutiny committees or keen to explore a career in the NHS?
  • If so, this course will help you understand the key questions, drivers and decisions driving health service governance.  It will also demonstrate how your local authority governance skills can be applied in another setting to aid career development.

Content

The workshops will provide an overview of NHS governance including:

  • Its structure and functions
  • The law and guidance that surrounds it
  • How leadership and culture are vital to its success
  • The roles and responsibilities of an NHS board
  • The difference (and similarities) between the NHS and local government

The workshops will include plenary presentations, case studies and smaller group working, enabling delegates to learn with other people from across the country.

Trainers – John Thorpe & Matthew Kane

John Thorpe is Foundation Trust Secretary at Chesterfield Royal Hospital NHS Foundation Trust and formerly Democratic Services Manager at Leicester City Council.

Matthew Kane is Associate Director of Corporate Affairs at Sheffield Children’s NHS Foundation Trust and formerly Governance Manager/Deputy Monitoring Officer at two district councils in north Derbyshire.

Date and time

Workshop One – Monday 11th March 2024, 1.30pm-4.30pm
Workshop Two – Monday 18th March 2024, 1.30pm-4.30pm

Cost

  • ADSO Member rate – £110 + VAT per person to attend the course
  • Non-ADSO Member rate – £160+ VAT per person to attend the course

How to book a place 

To book a place please use the online booking form via the link below.  Terms and conditions for booking can be found here.

Booking requirements

  • A purchase order number is required for all bookings.  Please make the PO out to ADSO.
  • A hardcopy of the purchase order is required.
  • Please provide us with your ADSO Membership number (if applicable)
  • A few days after booking you will receive a calendar invite for the workshop(s).  Please note that your email address will be visible to all participants unless you advise us otherwise.

Please send the above information to adsotraining@emcouncils.gov.uk.

Mar
19
Tue
Workshop 2: Ethics and Standards @ Via Zoom
Mar 19 @ 9:30 am – 12:30 pm

ADSO will be running an interactive, virtual course ‘Ethics and Standards.  The course will be delivered as two, three-hour long workshops held virtually.

Audience

This course is aimed at Democratic Services Officers who wish to develop their understanding of the legal framework within which councils operate and the practical application of this to the range of work areas undertaken by democratic services teams.  The course content will be relevant both to those who are relatively new to democratic services and officers with a few years’ experience, who may want to refresh their knowledge on ethics and standards.

How the course will be delivered

The course will be delivered virtually.  To maximise the delegates’ learning experience the course has been divided into two virtual workshops.

Workshop 1

  • Provide an overview of the Legal Framework
  • An overview of the Code of Conduct, together with some case studies
  • Committee on Standards in Public Life and LGA – model Code of Conduct
  • What the law says about Members’ Interests, together various case studies regarding Members’ Interests
  • Dispensations from the Monitoring Officer

Workshop 2

  • Provide a short recap of the learning from Workshop 1
  • An overview of the Standards Committees
  • Explanation of Independent Persons and their role
  • Details about complaints, Investigations and Standards Hearings, together with various case studies around complaints

The workshops will include plenary presentations, case studies and smaller group working, enabling delegates to learn with delegates from across the country.  This will also provide great opportunity for delegates to network and share contact details with each other for future reference and information sharing.

Trainers – Tracy Tiff & Peter Sass
Tracy has worked in Local Government since 1995, moving to Democratic Services in 1997. She has a wealth of experience and knowledge in governance, constitution and Overview and Scrutiny.  Tracy gained valuable experience from worked at Northampton Borough Council from 2001 to 2021, transferring to the Unitary Council – West Northants Council in April 2021; where she is continuing in the field of Democratic Services.

Peter Sass is the Head of Governance & Deputy Monitoring Officer. (Wandsworth) serving Richmond and Wandsworth Councils He has 35 years’ experience in numerous governance roles; mainly Democratic/Members’ Services and elections/electoral registration and has worked at all tiers of local government including a parish council.

Dates and times

Workshop One – Tuesday 12th March 2024, 9.30am-12.30pm
Workshop Two – Tuesday 19th March 2024, 9.30am-12.30pm

Delegates are required to attend both workshops.  Please note that you only need to book on 12th March course date to be able to attend both workshops.

Cost

  • ADSO Member rate – £110 + VAT per person to attend the course
  • Non-ADSO Member rate – £160 + VAT per person to attend the course

Please email adsotraining@emcouncils.gov.uk if you wish to be allocated a learner place.

How to book a place

To book a place please use the online booking form via the link below.  Terms and Conditions of booking can be found here.

Booking requirements

  • A purchase order number is required for all bookings.  Please make the PO out to ADSO.
  • A hardcopy of the purchase order is required.
  • Please provide us with your ADSO Membership number (if applicable)
  • A few days after booking you will receive a calendar invite for the workshop(s).  Please note that your email address will be visible to all participants unless you advise us otherwise.

Please send the above information to adsotraining@emcouncils.gov.uk.

Mar
20
Wed
Workshop 2: Working in a Political Environment @ Via Zoom
Mar 20 @ 9:30 am – 12:30 pm

ADSO is hosting the interactive, virtual course ‘Working in a Political Environment’.  This will be delivered as two, virtual 3-hour workshops.  Delegates will be required to attend both of the virtual workshops.

Audience

This course is aimed at Democratic Services Officers who wish to work more effectively with elected members. The target audience will be those who are relatively new to democratic service teams and those with a few years’ experience.

The content is also linked to Module 6, Members and Officers in Local Government,  of the ADSO Certificate so it will help learners with their research for this module.

How the course will be delivered

The course will be delivered virtually, to maximise the delegates learning experience the course has been broken into two virtual workshops.

The workshops will seek to:

  • Explore and better understand the differences between the roles and responsibilities of elected members and officers.
  • Examine the legal, constitutional and procedural framework regulating the conduct of members and officers.
  • Enhance your understanding of the political environment around you.
  • Develop your knowledge and skills of how to operate effectively in a political environment.

The workshops are designed to be interactive and include a lot of smaller group working and case studies. Participants are encouraged to take an active part in the course and to learn from the experiences of other delegates from across the country.

Trainers – Michael Robson & Rachel Basham

Michael has recently taken up a senior governance role in the North of Tyne Combined Authority, previously working in the Democratic Services Team at North Tyneside Council for over 30 years. During this time Michael has supported a wide variety of democratic functions, including regulatory and scrutiny committees, the health & wellbeing board and school admission appeals. Since electing its first Mayor in 2002, North Tyneside has experienced significant periods of political turbulence, particularly when the Council and its overview and scrutiny committees were controlled by the opposing group to the Elected Mayor.   Michael serves on the ADSO Board as a representative for combined and themed authorities. As well as a trainer, Michael is also a qualified A1 Assessor working with learners undertaking the Certificate in Democratic Services.

Rachel has over fifteen years’ experience of working in local government, in a variety of roles across Democratic Services and Leadership teams. Her current substantive post is Member Services Manager at Surrey County Council, although she is currently on a 12-month secondment at Woking Borough Council, providing additional strategic support to their Leadership team. Rachel is a City and Guilds qualified adult trainer alongside being an assessor for both the ASDO Certificate in Democratic Services and the Charter for Member Development.

Date and time

Workshop One – Tuesday 12th March 2024, 9.30am-12.30pm
Workshop Two – Wednesday 20th March 2024, 9.30am-12.30pm

Delegates are required to attend both workshops.  Please note that you only need to book on 12th March course date to be able to attend both workshops.

Cost

  • ADSO Member rate – £110 + VAT per person to attend the course
  • Non-ADSO Member rate – £160 + VAT per person to attend the course

Please email adsotraining@emcouncils.gov.uk if you wish to be allocated a learner place.

How to book a place 

To book a place please use the online booking form via the link below.  Terms and conditions for booking can be found here.

Booking requirements

  • A purchase order number is required for all bookings.  Please make the PO out to ADSO.
  • A hardcopy of the purchase order is required.
  • Please provide us with your ADSO Membership number (if applicable)
  • A few days after booking you will receive a calendar invite for the workshop(s).  Please note that your email address will be visible to all participants unless you advise us otherwise.

Please send the above information to adsotraining@emcouncils.gov.uk.

Mar
27
Wed
East of England Regional Meeting @ Via Zoom
Mar 27 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm