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In this local government executive briefing paper, our principal analyst and former local government CIO Jos Creese shares his thoughts on whether creating a local equivalent to GDS and establishing local government digital standards would be a good idea.

Talking to IT teams and business leaders, it is clear that the benefits of cloud in supporting new business models for the delivery of council services are now well-understood. There is also a growing consensus that the different business model for IT operations which is enabled by cloud IT, could add substantial value to the organisation as they shape and reshape services in ...

Last week, as part of my work with the Executive Briefing Programme, I attended the LGC and HSJ Integration Summit. From my work with Jos Creese on the Health and Social Care Integration report, I am beginning to understand the vast complexities around this topic and massive challenges that exist. The stakeholders that need to come together are diverse, and would be forgiven fo ...

When considering the priorities for the Executive Briefing Programme (EBP) this year, health and social care integration came top of the list. This was not just because of the political priority currently placed on the topic, or because of the digital transformation challenges it contains, but also the opportunity to make a real difference to the public sector and to the publi ...

Confronting the challenges: Examining the context for integration and understanding the blockers and opportunities.

“General practice is unsustainable as it was for the last 40-50 years”, says Dr. Donal Collins, Clinical Lead for the Multi-Specialty Community Provider (‘Better Local Care’) in Gosport. Better Local Care in Hampshire is one of the New Care Model ‘Vanguards’, set-up to improve and better integrate health and social care. To drive this work forward they have recognised that the ...

It is clear that if councils are to realise the potential benefits of cloud computing, IT leads need to do more than promoting the benefits of cloud – which are increasingly well understood - but in helping to identify, manage and mitigate potential risk. This was the key finding from the recent Eduserv Local Government Executive Briefing Programme workshop at Think Cloud, whi ...

Last month ‘LocalGov Digital’, a recently formed group of digital leaders, published the Local Government Digital Service Standard. Working with GDS, who’s own ‘digital by default’ standard was launched last June, the standard suggests a common approach for local authorities to deliver excellent quality, user centred, value for money digital services. There is a powerful need ...

This report summarises the discussion and survey findings from Eduserv's research at "Think Cloud for Local Government", giving some new insight into cloud adoption maturity in local government..

We recognise that many local government authorities are currently considering moving to the cloud to support new ways of working and to help deliver services in a better and more cost effective way. However many organisations are unsure how to begin this journey, and with legacy infrastructure in place and the investment needed, moving to the cloud can seem like a daunting pro ...

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