I hope you all enjoyed the Easter break and managed to take some time off work.
I spent part of my break reading the latest edition of Civil Service Quarterly. If you are not aware of Civil Service Quarterly, it is a publication that showcases innovative work by civil servants.
In this edition there are some great examples of the Civil Service being more digital, more unified and working together across departmental silos to deliver the best for the public and to build a stronger Civil Service. I thought I would highlight a couple of these for you.
Selvin Brown’s article, entitled “Joining up to transform lives”, shows how Social Justice Month has brought eight government departments together to look for more opportunities for joined-up working and to see how their work is turning the lives of Britain’s most disadvantaged individuals and families around. This is an excellent illustration of how departments are working more collaboratively to deliver the best for the public and we need to do more of it!
My second example comes from Gerard Grech who has written about a recent hackathon run by Tech City and the Civil Service. His article demonstrates how our digital agenda and the opening up of government data can deliver amazingly innovative services. If you have not come across the term ‘hackathon’, it is a gathering of software developers and computer programmers who meet for a dedicated stretch of time to pool their expertise together to work on a specific project to build or enhance services and applications. Gerard explains how the UK’s digital community came together to develop innovative technical solutions in response to February’s floods.
These are just two examples of how Civil Service Reform is being brought to life by the ambition, energy and drive of civil servants to deliver the best for Britain and this edition of Civil Service Quarterly contains many more which I encourage you all to read. One of the great things about Civil Service Quarterly is that any civil servant can write for the publication so it is a fantastic way for us to share and celebrate success.
I look forward hearing more examples of greater collaboration and excellence in the next Civil Service Quarterly which will be published in July.