NHS, police, fire service and council staff start ‘command’ training

Senior NHS, police, fire service and local government staff will participate in a training course this week designed to help them find ways of delivering key services with reduced budgets.

The Independent Command Programme, a new five day course run by the National Policing Improvement Agency, will get together more than 40 public sector workers to address the common challenge of delivering services more efficiently.

The course covers subjects including negotiating and influencing, financial and business management skills, better political awareness, and how to deal effectively with uncertainty.

Participants will also be required to take part in role-play covering scenarios that require co-opeartion across public sector organisations, such as reducing child poverty.

Angela O’Connor, chief people officer at the NPIA, said: “This programme allows delegates to ‘walk in the shoes’ of leaders from partner public sector organisations, so they improve their understanding of the challenges each of them faces.”

Participants will be assessed during the course, receiving feedback from course tutors and peers. The delegates will also produce an academic paper on a relevant issue facing their organisation.

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