Weekly message from John Austin, Chair

Time flies so quickly and our annual conference, awards and AGM are almost upon us. Even though Covid restrictions have been lifted to a large extent (what happened to all the mask wearing though?), I think we made the right decision to hold the events remotely.  We are all looking forward to a great conference and awards so we can celebrate all the amazing things you have done in the last couple of years or so. All things being well, we hope to see you all in person next year.

Bookings for the conference have gone really well but the good thing about remote events is that we are not limited to any maximum number. So, if you want to attend, please register quicky and by 5pm tomorrow, Tuesday 23 November.

If you haven’t already signed up for our Awards evening on Thursday 25 November, you can do so on the following link: https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/6561800051575621644

Please get involved on social media using #ADSOConf2021 and #ADSOAwards2021.

Our webinar programme has been a great success and thanks to you all for attending in such large numbers. We have the last one for this year and it’s on the topical subject of ‘The Essential Requirements for Hybrid Meetings’. Click here to register for the webinar which is on 8 December.

Training courses
Our Introductory course for DSOs has proved very popular. The 3-hour workshop has been designed for new DSOs, who have recently started, ideally for those between 1 week and 3 months in role.  The cost is as low as £55 plus VAT for an ADSO member.

The next session is on 1 December, 9:30 – 12:30 – see link  https://www.adso.co.uk/event/becoming-a-dso-an-introduction-4/. Bookings can be made on-line and we recommend booking early to secure your place. We currently have 4 places left.

London Regional meeting – 6 December
For our London members, please note that your next regional meeting is on 6 December – please contact Andy Spragg (andrew.spragg@adso.co.uk) or Louise Fleming (louise.fleming@merton.gov.uk) for further details.

ADSO Qualifications Bursaries
One of the initiatives which came out of the AGM last year was the introduction of bursaries for our qualifications. Bursaries are being made available to Councils with learners with ADSO membership who wish to undertake either the Certificate or Diploma programme but are unable to do so because of the overall cost.  In each financial year, a total of £5k is available between the two programmes:  £3,750 across the Certificate programme and £1,250 across the Diploma programme.  ADSO and our main Sponsor CIVICA are funding this initiative.

The first groups to benefit from the bursary will be:

  • Certificate qualification: March 2022 learners
  • Diploma qualification: October 2022 learners

Details of the deadlines are in the link https://www.adso.co.uk/adso-training/bursaries/.

Health and Social Care event
The Institute of Government & Public Policy has sent the following. It may be of interest to Health Scrutiny members and officers:
“Are you interested in attending the NHS Data: Reshaping Hlth and Social Care Through Data online event on 8th December? We still have free tickets still remaining for you and your colleagues to attend.

The health and care sector has a huge task ahead in rebuilding from the pandemic and data is a powerful tool to transform healthcare delivery. Hear practical case study examples of transformational delivery of data strategies will cover a wide range of applications from various clinical and administrative settings.  Book your free tickets online using the code NHSD21. Free tickets are available to NHS and public sector delegates.”

Have a great week everyone and see you at conference.

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