Building better leaders for the digital world: the Socitm Leadership Academy

Socitm is a society of professionals; its members have a vested interest in both contributing to and learning from current best practice. However, they are also concerned with developing themselves and their colleagues to be better leaders today – and tomorrow. It is to these ends that the Socitm Leadership Academy is dedicated.

We have recently produced two documents on Modern Leadership. In the third document ‘Leadership in a Digital World’ we asked Socitm Leadership Academy director Steve Cliff to describe what the Academy is and how it operates from the ‘insider’s perspective’. We also surveyed Academy alumni for their views from the ‘outside’.

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Building better leaders for the digital world: the Socitm Leadership Academy

Former Socitm president nominated for ‘Most influential women in UK tech 2017’ list

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A former Socitm president has been nominated for a prestigious list. Nadira Hussain has been put on the long list for Computer Weekly’s 50 Most Influential Women in UK Tech – and we can’t think of anyone more deserving to make it to the final 50.

Nadira, Head of ICT at the London Borough of Enfield, has been inspirational for Socitm. During her tenure as President, she set up our Women in IT initiative and was the creator of the Empowering Women in a Digital World (EWDW) course, which has transformed the lives of many. Please visit Socitm’s Leadership Academy page for more details about the EWDW course.

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Former Socitm president nominated for ‘Most influential women in UK tech 2017’ list

New government needs to join things up

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By Martin Ferguson, Director of Policy and Research, Socitm

Even before the general election, this year has seen some parts of the country voting for change. For the first time, the 4th May saw voters in six combined authority areas of England electing ‘metro mayors’ with a brief to join up services.

Socitm believes the next government needs to accelerate digital thinking to improve the joining up of services. The new metro mayors may help achieve this, but many parts of the UK are working to generate place-based digital leadership through bringing together civil servants, councillors, chief executives and other senior managers for education and training.

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New government needs to join things up

Some thoughts about the Government Transformation Strategy 2017-2020

By Dr Andy Hopkirk, Socitm Head of Research

We are four years on from the first Government Digital Service’s Government Digital Strategy of November 2012 and we now have GDS’s Government Transformation Strategy 20172020 just published (9 Feb 2017, http://bit.ly/2lnh1qV). What’s the difference between just more digital and transformation? And what does it look like meaning for Socitm members who are mostly in organisations outside Whitehall?

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Some thoughts about the Government Transformation Strategy 2017-2020

Digital transformation means making a difference

By Nicola Graham, Socitm Vice President and Head of ICT at Aberdeenshire Council

It was perhaps when my teenage son returned home and could not stop talking about how the new technology at his school was going to make doing his schoolwork ‘amazing’, that I realised what making a difference really means.

Being a lively and curious 14 year old, he is arguably a natural with tech, and more scrutinising of it as a result – certainly more so than is typical of my generation. And in his excitement, I couldn’t help but smile. Not only at his enthusiasm, but at the irony of how his mum, in the job he describes as ‘boring’, helped bring about that new school technology.

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Digital transformation means making a difference

Health and social care – making the digital connections

By Jos Creese, Socitm Associate Director and independent consultant. Originally published 8 November 2016, on LinkedIn.

This year the government announced that £4.2 billion will be spent on bringing the NHS into the digital age – paper free, kite-marked apps, digital records, click and collect prescriptions, free Wi-Fi in hospitals and citizen access to personal records which we can control and edit. The reality is far removed from this ambition, and the track record is littered with failed national programmes, such as Care.Data.

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Health and social care – making the digital connections