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Current Opportunities:
     Practice for Change – Organisational Development
      Practitioners Programme
     Olivier Mythodrama – Lessons from Shakespeare’s ‘The
      Tempest’
     Organisational Raid to North Wales Fire and Rescue
      Service – Joint Communications Centre with North
      Wales Police
     International Learning Opportunities- Closing Date
      Nears
     PSMW Online Forum
     Expo 2010- Register your interest now!
     Expo 2010- Invite to organisations
     PSMW/NLIAH Leadership Bursary Programme 2009/10

Other Opportunities:
     Public Service Leadership First Annual Conference
     Excellence Wales National Learning Exchange –
          o Our Future – Responding to Climate Change
          o Our Authority – Transforming our Organisation

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                      Advertising on the Bulletin

To apply for an opportunity advertised in the Personal Learning &
Development bulletin, candidates must secure approval from their line
manager or head of division. For those already on secondment, you will need
to renegotiate your secondment agreement with all parties before applying for
another secondment. For Welsh Assembly Government secondments the
total period must not exceed 5 years. You need to be a permanent member
of staff to be eligible for a secondment.

NB. Please note that if you are a substantive member of staff of the
Welsh Assembly Government you are unable to apply for any
secondment opportunities within the Welsh Assembly Government.

For more information on any of these opportunities please contact PSMW at
               psmw@wales.gsi.gov.uk or 029 2068 1289
     Current Opportunities:

                      PRACTICE FOR CHANGE
         Organisational Development Practitioners Programme

The closing date for applications for this programme will be 21st October. This is
the final opportunity for all staff in public service and third sector organisations
in Wales who lead service change or service improvement to consider if they
wish to apply to take part in this initial pilot.


The delivery of public services includes meeting the high expectations of service
delivery and improvement, ensuring effective and efficient use of all resources and
putting the citizen at the heart of delivery. To ensure success, managers can turn to
Organisational Development (OD) as a way of developing organisational effectiveness
by aligning strategy, people and process.

PSMW has developed a new programme, Practice for Change, which is designed to
provide participants with the in depth understanding and practical application of OD,
change management and service improvement, whilst encompassing professional
development and personal growth through the enhancement of core leadership and
management capabilities.      This programme will develop the knowledge, skills,
behaviours and qualities required to deliver whole system approaches to change and to
be instrumental in supporting the transformational changes required to meet the future
needs of public services in Wales. The duration of the programme will be 12 months,
commencing in November 2009.

Places on this initial cohort will be offered free of charge, excluding travel and
subsistence as PSMW is looking to work with staff leading service change or
service improvement who would be able to identify a specific area of action from
within their organisation for which they have responsibility as an agent for
change. This will form the focus of their engagement on the programme. The
commitment and support of organisations will be via a sponsoring Senior Officer
who will provide context specific mentor support for participants’ personal
development and performance delivery.
For further information and an application form please contact Phil Blight, email
Philip.blight@wales.gsi.gov.uk or call on 029 2092 6047.
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                     OLIVIER MYTHODRAMA
            Lessons from Shakespeare’s ‘The Tempest’
                        21st October 2009
     Amser Lounge, Swalec Stadium (Glamorgan Cricket Ground)

                   NEW PERSPECTIVES ON LEADING CHANGE

“This has had a profound impact on me and my leadership – the best insights I’ve had
for years.”

This free one-day programme offers managers and leaders a creative and different
perspective on managing change. It reveals the fundamental elements required for
individuals to manage change and explores the different frames required to lead a
systemic transformation: what kind of ‘storm’ do you need to create? How can you tell a
compelling story to truly engage others?

The event is free to attend and no previous knowledge of the play is required.

To reserve your place email Sarah.Kanyeihamba@wales.gsi.gov.uk or call 029 2092
6048.



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     Organisational Raid to North Wales Fire and Rescue Service –
        Joint Communications Centre with North Wales Police
                           29th October 2009

An Organisational Raid to North Wales Fire and Rescue Service - Joint
Communications Centre has been set for 29th October 2009.

This will provide delegates with a unique opportunity to visit the Joint Communications
Centre, which is shared between North Wales Fire and Rescue Service and North
Wales Police, and see first hand the effectiveness of collaborative working between the
two organisations.

An Organisational Raid is a shared learning event that offers the opportunity for
individuals and organisations to learn from each others innovative and interesting work
and to share good practice.

The Joint Communications Centre sees the two services by working side by side with
no physical barriers, with the major driver behind the provision being the saving of lives
and reduction of serious injuries. The Organisational Raid will focus on culture change
and joint working to improve operational effectiveness.

To book your free place on this Organisational Raid, please email
PLandD@wales.gsi.gov.uk or call 02920681248.

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                     International Learning Opportunities

                              CLOSING DATE NEARS

               INTERNATIONAL LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES

      Last chance to take part in a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity!
If you are interested in working on a strategic development project in one of the world’s
poorest communities whilst developing your own leadership skills, don’t miss your
chance to take up an International Learning Opportunity (ILO).

You will spend up to eight weeks working in sub-Saharan Africa, passing on your
knowledge and experience to your African counterparts. In return, you will have the
unique opportunity to work in a different culture, often with limited resources.
Participants return with greater self-confidence and renewed enthusiasm.

The scheme is now in its final year and the closing date for receipt of applications is
Friday 30th October 2009.

Make sure you don’t miss out!
For more information call 029 2068 1343 or email PLandD@wales.gsi.gov.uk

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                              PSMW Online Forum



PSMW are pleased to announce that an Online Discussion Forum is now available on
our website. A Welsh Assembly Government first, the online forum provides
individuals that have participated in our learning opportunities the chance to share
experiences, feedback on courses attended and connect with others across the Welsh
public service. The forum also provides PSMW with an opportunity to improve the
services we offer via the feedback that individuals leave.

The areas of discussion include Personal Learning and Development (including
Bursaries), Programmes, Workforce, International Learning Opportunities, Summer
School, Equality and Human Rights, Coaching and Mentoring and Time Banking.
There is also a general thread for individuals to discuss any PSMW-related topics.

Although the Forum is designed for individuals to share their experiences with others,
PSMW would welcome any questions that you may have about future programmes /
events or the work that we do.

To access the online discussion forum please visit www.psmwforum.org.uk to create
an account.

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                                 Expo 10
                        Stand out from the crowd…

                2nd & 3rd February 2010 – City Hall, Cardiff
              10th February 2010 – Venue Cymru, Llandudno


Expo is a free training and development event providing a range of opportunities for
anyone working or wanting to work in the Welsh public service. By promoting skills
development, Expo can help you to deliver more with less.

Keynote speakers including authors Emmanuel Gobillot and Richard Reeves will share
their insights whilst two-hour workshops will include topics such as managing conflict,
lean thinking and engaging an audience using NLP.

Make sure you stand out from the crowd
The full programme and booking forms are available now. To reserve your place, click
on the link below and complete the booking form:
http://wales.gov.uk/psmwsubsite/psmw/expo/expo10/?lang=en

For more information, email Expo@wales.gsi.gov.uk




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                                  Expo 10
                   nd      rd
                 2 & 3 February 2010 – Cardiff City Hall
                 10th February 2010 – Venue Cymru, Llandudno

                          INVITATION TO ORGANISATIONS

As part of Expo 10, we are inviting organisations to take the opportunity to promote
development and secondment opportunities showcasing areas of best practice. This is
also an ideal PR opportunity to launch any initiatives or events and network to a vast
audience drawn from across the Welsh public service.

Places for exhibitors are on a limited, ‘first come first served’ basis and exhibiting
organisations will be named in promotional materials once confirmed. Register your
interest now to take advantage of this opportunity.

        To register your interest, please email PLandD@wales.gsi.gov.uk


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            PSMW/NLIAH Leadership Bursary Programme 2009/10


Public Service Management Wales (PSMW) and the National Leadership and
Innovation Agency for Healthcare (NLIAH) bring you the opportunity to take an
unforgettable leadership learning journey. The two organisations have joined together
to set up and fund the second annual Leadership Bursary Programme designed to
support the development of managers and leaders working across the Welsh public
service community.

Encouraging individuals to think beyond their immediate learning horizon to explore the
potential for personal and professional development, this programme features a
comprehensive and varied collection of learning programmes at internationally
renowned institutions which have been specifically chosen to help address some of the
challenges faced by individuals responsible for improving public service delivery.

Academic institutions for this suite of bursaries include:

      Harvard John F Kennedy School of Government
      Henley Business School
      Ashridge Business School

We are currently taking expressions of interest for the PSMW/NLIAH Leadership
Bursary Programme.

To request a copy of the PSMW/NLIAH Leadership Bursary Programme brochure
                                please email
                           PLandD@wales.gsi.gov.uk

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     Other Opportunities:

           Public Service Leadership First Annual Conference
                      Collaborate to Innovate
      4 November 2009, Radisson Edwardian, Bloomsbury Street,
                              London


Public Service Leadership (PSL) is a consortium comprising the main public service
leadership academies and organisations across the public sector. Its membership
covers central government, defence, the fire and rescue services, higher education,
further education, local government, the NHS, the police and schools. The consortium
has been set up to enhance the quality of leadership by providing a network for
creative exchange, a vehicle for collaboration at national and local level and a catalyst
for change.

As heads of organisations that work to promote leadership in the Public Service, we
are all under increasing pressure to achieve more with less. Delivering improved public
services will require us all to learn to lead and work collaboratively, not only in our own
sectors but also across the public, private and social sectors. A recent review by
Cabinet Office recommended that we need to work more collaboratively to ensure
leadership development has real impact on the ground.

We are delighted to announce details of our first annual conference:

Public Service Leadership First Annual Conference
Collaborate to Innovate
4 November 2009
Radisson Edwardian, Bloomsbury Street, London


The conference will bring together leaders from right across the public services to
share experience, discuss how collaborative cross- boundary leadership can be
transformed to make real difference to the delivery of public services so that they
have a real impact on improving the lives of the people we serve.
The conference will also provide a platform to launch:

      a joint action programme lead by partner organisations
      the development of a cross-sector top leaders' programme
      a community of practice website


The programme is currently being finalised but will include top level representatives
from across the public sector and we expect to have keynote speeches
from Right Hon. Tessa Jowell (MP) - on public service reform and the importance of
leadership - and Sir Gus O'Donnell, Head of the Civil Service.

There will be a plenary discussion on the future of public service leadership, followed
by case study workshops illustrating the impact collaborative leadership has made at
national, regional and front line level. We are aware of increasing economic and
financial pressures and are therefore offering a special delegate rate of £175 for this
inaugural event.
Please visit
http://www.nationalschool.gov.uk/news_events/conferences/PSL/index.asp?tab=
2 for further information.
*Please note this is not a PSMW event.

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               Excellence Wales National Learning Exchange
                Our Future – Responding to Climate Change
                21st October 2009 at Parc y Scarlets, Llanelli



This National Learning Exchange offers the rare opportunity to share the good practice
for which Local Authorities, Fire & Rescue Service, Police and National Parks were
commended, having received Excellence Wales status under this theme for 2008/2009.

The event will be formally opened by the Minister for Environment, Sustainability &
Housing – Jane Davidson. The programme for the one day event will include a series
of short ‘taster’ presentations which will provide an insight into the Commended
Organisations and allow an opportunity for delegates to question how and why these
organisations are able to demonstrate their specific examples of good practice.
Delegates are encouraged to progress discussions and promote further dissemination
across Wales, with the focus continually on service improvement.

Climate Change is not just a global issue affecting others elsewhere in the world; it is a
local issue which is beginning to affect every individual and community in Wales.
Given the massive potential impact on Wales’ communities, Wales’ public services are
committed to addressing climate change. Every council and national park authority
have signed the ‘Welsh Commitment to Climate Change’, outlining their commitment to
reduce their own carbon footprints and respond to the consequences of climate change
that are already under way.

This National Learning Exchange will:

      Provide national and local government perspectives
      Provide practical tips for service improvement
      Include presentations and question and answer sessions on successful
       approaches
      Provide opportunities to network and share experiences
      Provide information on improvement initiatives

The full programme for this event will be available shortly
A nominal charge of £40.00 +VAT to cover administration and refreshments will be
payable for this event.

http://www.wlga.gov.uk/english/events/excellence-wales-national-learning-exchange-
our-future/

*Please note this is not a PSMW event.

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              Excellence Wales National Learning Exchange
              Our Authority – Transforming our Organisation
               3rd December 2009 at Marriott Hotel, Cardiff


This National Learning Exchange offers the rare opportunity to share the good practice
for which Local Authorities, Fire & Rescue Service, Police and National Parks were
commended, having received Excellence Wales status under this theme for 2008/2009.

The event will be formally opened by the Minister for Finance & Public Service Delivery
– Andrew Davies. The programme for the one day event will include a series of short
‘taster’ presentations which will provide an insight into the Commended Organisations
and allow an opportunity for delegates to question how and why these organisations
are able to demonstrate their specific examples of good practice. Delegates are
encouraged to progress discussions and promote further dissemination across Wales,
with the focus continually on service improvement.

Local public services are improving. All the evidence points to year-on-year
improvement: more than 70% of council performance indicators have shown
improvement in each of the past two years and the latest reports from independent
watchdogs such as education’s Estyn, the Wales Audit Office and Care and Social
Services Inspectorate Wales confirm that services are improving. However, whilst
improving systems may transform services, systematic change alone is not enough to
deliver citizen-centered services and increase public satisfaction. Local authorities are
reliant on people who like any successful team need effective and strong leadership.
This must come from a leadership team with a strong understanding of the
organisational direction, a plan of how to get there and a sound approach to financial
management.

This National Learning Exchange will:

      Provide national and local government perspectives
      Provide practical tips for service improvement
      Include presentations and question and answer sessions on successful
       approaches
      Provide opportunities to network and share experiences
      Provide information on improvement initiatives

The full programme for this event will be available shortly.

A nominal charge of £40.00 +VAT to cover administration and refreshments will be
payable for this event.

http://www.wlga.gov.uk/english/events/excellence-wales-national-learning-exchange-
our-authority-transforming-our-organisation/

*Please note this is not a PSMW event.

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                              Advertising on the Bulletin


The Personal Learning and Development Bulletin will now be sent on a fortnightly
basis.

The next bulletin will go out on Friday 23rd October 2009, therefore the deadline for
opportunities will be Wednesday 21st September 2009.

To promote an opportunity on the bulletin, please email PLandD@wales.gsi.gov.uk to
request an application form.

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