Eat, Sleep, Innovate – the role of technology in future service delivery
Che Smith, Head of Advanced Technology and Business Innovation, Virgin Media Business
Five months to go – how will councils fare in the next government?
Carolyn Downs, Chief Executive, Local Government Association
Eat, Sleep, Innovate – The Knowledge Cloud (from Latin: Alto Gnaritas)
As austerity measures continue to drive the Public Sector agenda and with the need to modernise technology to drive down the cost of front line service provision, the concept of the Knowledge Cloud has never been more relevant.
Alto Gnaritas brings agencies and experts together, harnessing existing technology to drive Smart Cities, Smarter Education, Health and assistive care provision and digital infrastructure for regeneration.
VMB’s Alto Gnaritas workshops can provide the vision on innovation through technology, supporting and driving change for the service providers.
The workshop will be run by Che Smith, Head of Advanced Technology and Business Innovation, Virgin Media Business
What collective action should we take to tackle Child Sexual Exploitation?
This workshop will be led by Nick Page, Chief Executive at Solihull MBC and will include input from Cllr Paul Middlebrough, Leader of Wychavon DC and Laura Johnston, Lead Member for Children’s Services and Director of Children’s Services for Telford and Wrekin Council, who will talk about their recent operation. The workshop will explore what we should be doing collectively and with our partners to address this issue.
Current issues in Adult Social Care and Health
It is time of rapid change in adult social care and health and local leaders will play a crucial role in developing integrated, efficient and more personalised services. This workshop will enable Councillors and officers to network and to share ideas around how their areas are responding to the current challenges within health and adult social care.
The workshop will hear from Andrew Webster, LGA, Associate Director – Health and Social Care Integration (Co-chaired by Alistair Neill, Chief Executive, Herefordshire Council and Cllr John Cotton, Lead Member of Adult Social Care, Birmingham City Council).
Social Finance: New Investment Opportunities for Public Service Delivery
Melanie Mills, Chief Executive, SEWM & Sam Tarff, Chief Executive, Key Fund
Join us for a whistle stop tour of the Social Finance Market.
This workshop will cover the growth of the Social Investment Marketplace. It will provide information on who the movers, shakers and likely investors are in the world of social finance. It will also rovide an update on new products and initiatives currently in development and highlight through case studies how social finance can bring new investment and new options for public service delivery.
This workshop will aim to cover the opportunities for publicly funded bodies in gaining investment, the benefits of working in partnership with the Third Sector and the role of social finance in building a more sustainable solution for service delivery.
Melanie Mills is the Chief Executive of Social Enterprise West Midlands the Regional Business Network for Social Enterprise and Social Value Supporters. SEWM has lead the social finance agenda in the Midlands quickly recognising the opportunity to bring new investment to the regions. SEWM’s activities focus on: Engaging and educating the VCSE sector to the range of social finance products available, working with statutory services to share case studies and broker introductions to potential investors and helping to shape new market products through our work with national social finance intermediaries such as the Big Lottery and Social Investment Business.
Sam Tarff is the Chief Executive of the Key Fund a Social Lender with a portfolio of investments of 33million in 2014. Sam also sits on the Big Society Capital Trust Board and has been influential in shaping government initiatives around new social investment products. The Key Fund has experience in working with public authorities and the VCSE sector in order to bring new investment to support innovative service delivery and has recently expanded its offer into the West Midlands.
What is the role of technology in the future of social care?
Let’s face it: social care isn’t the Silicon Valley.
It’s not a place where venture capitalists are willing to stump up millions for the next Google. It’s a sector which is cash-strapped and under immense pressure.
Technology, still mystifying and expensive to many, does not immediately spring to most people’s minds as providing an answer.
But high quality social care, delivered at speed that is easy to access and understand, with improved technology at its heart should be what people expect.
The session will be run by Carrie Bishop, Director at Futuregov.
Shaping demand and integrating services: Are you using what you know already?
Councils do not sufficiently exploit the information they hold – either for their own benefit, for the benefit of other local public services, the local economy, or the community. By and large, the focus is on risk management and data security. However this balance is starting to shift with the increasing realisation that councils must horizontally integrate services and get upstream of demand in order to continue to deliver for their communities.
This non-technical session will look at the opportunities and create space for a discussion on leading practice and will be run by Phil Swan, Director, iNetwork partnership.