4 February 2021 10am – 11.30am Workshop Online

techUK and the Local Government Information Unit (LGiU) are pleased to be working together on a series of events to bring together local government with the tech industry to interrogate and find solutions to some of the biggest challenges our communities and local public services face.

The pandemic has highlighted the importance of place based working and making the appropriate triage and referrals. In the first event we will examine the lessons learnt from the pandemic and how we can apply what worked well during recovery, and how digital and data can be further utilized to improve outcome for people and places.

In 2020 we saw place based working becoming the norm, with local public services tirelessly working together with community groups, police, health sector and many others across the place to meet the needs of the most vulnerable. Councils with the right digital infrastructure in place were able to act as the broker and convener across the community, cutting across boundaries to solve common challenges and improve outcomes for the people and place.

Alongside the continued need to protect the shielding, the challenge of protecting those suffering from domestic violence continued and has increased during the crisis. Emerging evidence from statutory and voluntary agencies across the UK emphasised the increased risks of domestic abuse, with Refuge reporting a 25 per cent increase in calls and online requests since the lockdown began in March 2020..

With the continued financial pressure councils face it means that innovation is required to maintain and improve services. In this workshop that will convene local public services together with the tech industry to share ideas, case studies and examine how we improve outcomes for people and places:

  • Delivering inclusive services that signpost support appropriate to all;
  • How can we harness the power of data to deliver targeted care?
  • How can councils overcome data sharing obstacles to collaborate more effectively with key partners in health, justice and the voluntary sector to protect vulnerable?
  • How can data be better utlised and shared securely for early interventional, whilst considering ethical implications?

What will the session will entail…

It will be an interactive session with delegates working in groups reviewing challenges that cut across key areas of triage referral and multi agency working. Attendees will review the problem statements and together explore potential solutions and what new products and services to help manage demand and support prevention strategies.

We look forward to hearing from attendees on the day about their innovations and will use the outcome of the session to inform future activity in this area. We will be circulating the problem statements in advance of the session so attendees will have enough time to review and come prepared with their ideas.

This event is open to LGIU and techUK members. If you are interested in this event or have any issues registering please get in touch with Georgina Maratheftis.

Georgina Maratheftis

Georgina Maratheftis

Programme Head, Local Public Services, techUK

Charlie Wyatt

Programme Assistant, techUK