London HR managers pool expertise to develop an improvement programme for local government

HR managers from London’s local authorities have pooled their experience and knowledge to develop a set of products for improving practice in local government.


The Human Resources Improvement Programme was set up in 2005 to help HR professionals from London boroughs improve the services they offer.


Participants divided into 10 groups, with each assigned the task of analysing a different strand of HR practice and developing a product to help share their learning.
 
The programme was funded through a bid for funds from the government by London Councils, an umbrella group which represents councils across the capital.


A small steering group of HR directors oversaw the programme’s development and delivery, with representatives from each borough invited to take part in the year-long scheme.


Councillor Michael White, executive member for improvement, said: “There is a wealth of knowledge and experience within London boroughs. The Human Resources Improvement Programme is an excellent example of how our staff can share their expertise across borough boundaries to improve services across London.”


Boroughs are currently piloting further working groups to ensure benefits from the initial programme are not lost, he added.

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