Public Sector Show 2018

Exclusive research from the Public Sector Show 2018 takes the temperature of over 700 UK public servants, giving a picture of their views on the health of the nation’s public services.

The report sets out the views of those leading, delivering and managing core public services in the UK on the key challenges facing the sector in the months and years ahead.

Top of the list of public servants’ concerns is finance and resources, with 71% of respondents identifying this as an issue as the sector confronts the challenge of doing more with less.

The potential impacts of Brexit are not far behind, with 59% of respondents citing it among their concerns. It is too soon to say with any certainty what impact leaving the EU will have on the UK’s public services, but as the date of our departure edges closer, public servants are aware they need to be preparing now for what the future may bring.

Key to high-quality public services are the people who deliver them, something acknowledged by the 38% of respondents who cited staff shortages as a key challenge, while over half (54%) expect the challenge of building and maintaining a workforce with the right skills and experience to get harder.

These issues, and others identified in the report, will apply across different parts of the public sector to varying degrees. However, with debates ongoing about NHS capacity and funding, the future of EU nationals working for the health service and the pay and working conditions of NHS workers, their relevance to the healthcare sector cannot afford to be ignored.

The report makes clear that those providing the public services we all rely on face some acute challenges. However, it also explores potential solutions, including how technology is set to become more fundamental to public sector operations. There is significant optimism that technology and automation will enable better and more efficient public services – however, this may be something of a “double-edged sword”, with a majority (64%) of public servants also expecting it to cost jobs.

The report also highlights instances where the public sector is already putting innovative solutions into practice, such as the Braunstone Blues project in Leicester, which is pioneering a collaborative approach to information sharing between local blue light (emergency) services, local authorities and local health services to enable more targeted support for high-demand emergency service users.

Insights from the report have been used to shape the agenda of this year’s Public Sector Show, the must-attend event for those involved in delivering public services in the UK.

Helping public servants cope with the ever-present resource challenge is one of the key objectives of this year’s show. Sessions will include a discussion on how the public sector can develop a more commercially-focused mindset, where Alyson Brett, Managing Director of NHS Commercial Solutions, will speak on a panel exploring the pioneering approaches being taken by public sector organisations to find new sources of revenue without compromising the sector’s values. Panellists will also consider how best to support staff to develop their commercial skills.

Ensuring that UK public services can continue to meet the needs of citizens will be another key theme of the show, with sessions exploring the important role that technology can play here. Eve Roodhouse, Director of Implementation at NHS Digital, will speak on a panel exploring how digital change can help revolutionise the interactions between state and citizen, including digital procurement solutions.

Focusing on themes including leadership, estates, infrastructure, technology and finance, the show will bring together over 2,000 senior public sector budget-holders and decision-makers to hear from over 140 leading speakers – including Chris Grayling MP, Secretary of State for Transport; Deborah McKenzie, Chief People Officer, Public Health England; Dave Sweeney, Director of Transformation & Interim Chief Officer at NHS Halton Clinical Commissioning Group; and Robert Jenrick MP, Exchequer Secretary to the Treasury.

Delegates will also be able to interact with over 150 exhibitors – including Specsavers, Toshiba, HP, Lyreco and KPMG - whose innovative products and solutions can help support the delivery of improved public services.

The Public Sector Show takes place on Thursday 26th June at ExCel London and is free to attend for those working in the public sector. Find out more and register here.

The State of the Public Sector report can be downloaded here.

Jun 26 2018
ExCeL, London

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Exclusive research from the Public Sector Show 2018 takes the temperature of over 700 UK public servants, giving a picture of their views on the health of the nation’s public services.