Bulletin 24 – 25 March 2008
Learning and Development
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Health and Well-being – cross-government survey
The Department of Health (DH) is carrying out some benchmarking across government in relation to
employee health and well-being provision – covering support, information, policies, staff events,
initiatives, HWB reports, workshops, facilities, occupational health and care services and is seeking
input from your Department to assist with this exercise.
DH hope to gather information to assist with putting together an across government group to formulate
and take forward a Health and Well-being strategy. As part of their information gathering stage, they are
asking departments to fill out a short questionnaire (attached to this Bulletin) [Word, 47KB, 3 pages].
We are aware that this area spans many teams, so for ease of reference could each department nominate
someone to pull together a single return. We have included a rating table to guide you when responding
for consistency in terms of information to be provided.
Your response will be highly appreciated and we would be grateful if you can send your reply by 10.30
am Thursday 10 April to firstname.lastname@example.org. Apologies for the short turnaround time, but please
email Abigail if you have any questions.
Additionally, we are keen to receive returns from each office of people interested in working within this
cross-government group. Please do let me have names by the same close time as part of the reply. I look
forward to working together with you.
Harbhajan Brar – HR Director Department of Health
For further information, please contact: Abigail Ojo on 020 7972 5695 or
Self-nominations required by: 21 April 2008
Reviewing HR Talent across the Civil Service
During the first half of 2008 the Government HR Profession team will review key HR talent across the
Civil Service, in partnership with departmental HR Heads of Profession.
In this review we will focus on identifying the few critical HR roles across the Government HR
profession and the people who are doing them or have the potential to do them within 1-2 moves
(usually Grade 7 and above). HR Heads of Profession will then conduct their own wider reviews of all the
HR talent within their organisation on a suitable departmental cycle.
Departmental HR Heads of Profession will discuss career plans and development with all the individuals
identified in the review.
Initially the review will cover the larger departments. The full HR talent review guidance is available on
Nomination of people in organisations outside the larger departments
If you believe that you have the potential to take on a senior HR role in the next 1-2 moves:
1. check the evidence against the talent profile outlined here;
2. discuss the completed profile and evidence with your HR Head of Profession or HR Director, or
if you are an HR Director yourself, your chief executive or equivalent;
3. if they support you, then they should nominate you to the HR profession team by Monday 21
April. The nominations must give brief evidence of how you meet the profile and include a CV.
Follow the same process if you wish to nominate an HR professional in your team.
If you' unsure whether or not your organisation is included in the review, contact Yemisi or Tom in the
HR Profession team (details below).
Yemisi Siwoku, 020 7276 1612, email@example.com.
Tom Liptrot, 020 7276 1596, firstname.lastname@example.org.
HR Profession team
Room 2.11, Admiralty Arch
London SW1A 2WH
Departmental Skills Strategies: By End May
In January, the Permanent Secretaries Management Group (PSMG) approved the Skills Strategy for
Government, which will help Departments to deliver higher professional skills standards, to improve
value for money in closing skills gaps and to ensure that candidates for the future workforce are better
prepared. Departments' own Skills Strategies will need to respond to this in addressing their own
We expect Gus O' to write to colleagues soon formally to commission Departmental strategies, which
should be with Government Skills in draft form by the end of May at the latest. This will
enable sharing of good practice during June.
Government Skills will report to PSMG in October on the content of plans and on early progress in
delivery. As well as reviewing substantiveprogress – notably on common learning and
development actions, apprenticeships and the Skills Pledge – Government Skills will look at
departmental capability to deliver on plans.
The forthcoming commissioning letter will give more details, and give contacts for further information.
Leaders UnLtd Scheme – Cohort Three 2008/09
The National School have announced arrangements for the next Leaders UnLtd scheme, which will be
launched on 1 April at Civil Service Live.
Candidates for the scheme should be Civil Servants just below Senior Civil Service level (Grade 6 and 7
and equivalents) who are in the Senior Civil Service (SCS) diversity target groups:
people with disabilities; and
civil servants from specific minority ethnic background
All candidates should have high leadership potential and the drive to help transform the future
leadership of the Civil Service.
For full details please read:
invitation letter from the National School for Government[PDF, 37KB, 6 pages]
detailed annexes providing nomination guidance[PDF, 79KB, 12 pages].
Nominations for the scheme open on 1 April and close on 1 June.
HR teams are asked to:
consider the selection arrangements for nominating candidates and put in place procedures for
communicating the scheme and meeting the nomination deadlines;
consider hosting departmental events during April and May with support, if required, from the
National School; and
express an interest in sending interested parties to information workshops to be run by the
National School in April and May.
Further information about the Leaders UnLtd scheme is available
Nominations for the 2008/09 Top Management Programme (TMP)
The deadline for nominations is 30 April 2008.
The Top Management Programme is a three-week intensive leadership development programme for top
executives from the public, private and not-for-profit sectors. It brings together some of the leading
academics and practitioners in the fields of leadership development, systems thinking, change
management, innovation and strategic communication. It provides a unique blend of personal insight,
practical tools and consultancy challenges to help participants hone the skills and behaviour necessary
to be successful at the top of a large complex organisation. The already successful TMP now includes an
action-focused week abroad to provide a global learning experience which will enable participants to
understand the wider social and economic issues which affect them as leaders.
Entry to the programme is by nomination. The Programme is now accepting applications from
individuals at Payband 2 of the Senior Civil Service who are recognised by their organisations as having
the potential to rise one level or more. These individuals may be, but need not be exclusively, part of a
High Potential Talent Pool.
For dates in 2008/09 and to find out more about the programme please visit theNSG Website[External
For further information please contact, Pali Jhita, Assistant Programme Director, Top Management
Programme on 01344 634678 email@example.com.
Implementing Local Employment Partnerships across the Civil Service
Please cascade to your recruitment teams
As part of the Government's promotion of its long-term goal of employment opportunities for all, the
Local Employment Partnership (LEP) initiative was announced in the 2007 budget.
This is a DWP policy which is based on a “jobs pledge” by employers and aims to make job opportunities
available to people in receipt of benefit by helping to get disadvantaged people ready for work. The Civil
Service is committed, as an employer to opening up opportunities under the LEP initiative.
Cabinet Office guidance for recruitment practitioners is available here[PDF, 30KB, 6 pages] and the Civil
Service Commissioners will issue, via a HRD letter, confirmation of changes to the Recruitment Code.
SCS Reward Guide
The attached SCS Reward Guide is designed to help Human Resource (HR) practitioners responsible for
advising departmental management on Senior Civil Service (SCS) reward, and should be read in
conjunction with the SCS Performance Management and Reward Guidance 2008/09 for Permanent
Secretaries and the Senior Civil Service.
This HR Practitioners' Guide to SCS Reward, Benefits & Recruitment 2008/09 covers:
the structure of SCS reward – not only base pay and variable reward, but pension and
other less tangible elements of the total reward package;
the principles that underpin the reward structure;
the reward flexibilities available to Departments; and
related issues, such as external recruitment and secondments.
For 2008/09, Cabinet Office is issuing this as interim guidance. The Senior Salaries Review Board
(SSRB), which advises the Prime Minister on SCS pay, will not be reporting until April; this delay is a
consequence of the Government submitting supplementary evidence to SSRB regarding a multi-year pay
Once decisions on SCS pay have been taken and announced, in light of SSRB's recommendations, final
guidance will be issued.
For further information please contact Mark.Cooper@cabinet-office.x.gsi.gov.uk.
Congratulations to Liz Davis from DFID, who is leaving the department to take up a new post in April at
the United Nations in Rome.
George Busby from FCO is also moving on and Rhodri Williams will be succeeding him.
Learning and Development
SCS Base Camp: taking leadership to the next level
The National School of Government is now recruiting participants for the third run of this mandated
induction programme for new entrants to the Civil Service; including those who have been appointed
within the last two years. This two and a half day residential programme is sponsored by the Cabinet
Secretary, Sir Gus O'Donnell and backed by the Permanent Secretaries Management Board.
An intense and varied programme, it encourages participants to reflect on the ‘bigger picture’ for the
Civil Service, the importance and function of leadership and their own responsibilities of leading change
and shaping culture. In addition the Cabinet Secretary, speakers and session leaders include Gill Rider
(Director General, Leadership & People Strategy at the Cabinet Office), Ministers, Permanent
Secretaries, local government leaders and experts in delivery issue.
Date: 17-19 September 2008
Venue: Sunningdale Park
For further information[External website] and to book or contact Nesha Gilhooly on 01344 634 311 or
External events/conferences etc
A comprehensive calendar of externally arranged and hosted events can be found on the Personnel
Today website[External website].
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