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Staffordshire CC: Chief Exec's blog - Nick Bell

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The Grenfell Fire 

20 Jun 17

The fire in the Grenfell tower block in Kensington was a truly horrific event, one that defies description in any normal way.


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End of year budget 

12 Jun 17

I’ll probably refrain from making any observations on this week’s General Election, as the dust has not settled and there remains much that is undecided.


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Manchester, and Volunteering Week 

30 May 17

I could not start this week’s entry in any other way than to pay my respects to the relatives of those killed in Monday’s terrorist attack in Manchester, and to wish those injured a full recovery.


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Learning at Work Week; Stafford Office Moves 

22 May 17

Last week was Learning at Work Week, and it was a real pleasure to join a group of colleagues undertaking a 2 hour session on project and change management.


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NHS IT Ransomware; The Trusted Executive 

15 May 17

The ransomware attack on NHS IT systems dominated media coverage over the weekend and really brought home the importance of cyber security for an organisation like ours.


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My election experience as Returning Officer 

8 May 17

The highlight this week was undoubtedly the county council election on Thursday, and the results day on Friday.


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Comparing the challenges of the public and private sector 

2 May 17

I spent a day last week in my Colonel Commandant role in the Army.


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Big Ideas Need Attention to Detail Too 

24 Apr 17

I spent a very useful couple of hours in Northfield Village in Stafford with Philip Atkins and Mike Wilcox, Leader of Lichfield District Council.


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Learning a work: the recipe for success 

19 Apr 17

I hope that you have all enjoyed a relaxing break over Easter, even if it was only the long weekend.


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The Care Brokerage Team, SMART working and creating the conditions for more and better jobs 

10 Apr 17

I spent a very useful and enjoyable hour with the Brokerage Team this week, learning more about how we commission care for the frail elderly.


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Working in a flexible organisation 

4 Apr 17

The office moves in Stafford have been running on rails – I’m very grateful to all involved for the effort and can-do attitude that everybody has displayed.


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The issues around building houses in Staffordshire 

13 Mar 17

I spoke at a conference on the subject of development in Staffordshire this week.


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Creating a more agile and confident organisation 

6 Mar 17

This week we had the first Senior Managers’ Conference for almost exactly a year.


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Discussing Smart Working at the Senior Managers’ Conference 

27 Feb 17

This week sees the first Senior Managers’ Conference for a year.


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Delivering the Health and Care Sustainability and Transformation Plan 

13 Feb 17

It’s been a busy and mixed week, with a lot happening.


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Moving towards life long learning 

7 Feb 17

I’ve spent the weekend at the Staffordshire University strategy weekend, along with the other governors.


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How we fit in with the Government’s new Industrial Strategy 

30 Jan 17

Last week saw the publication of the Government’s Industrial Strategy , it’s plan to grow the UK economy and spread the benefits across the whole country.


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The challenges of an ageing population 

23 Jan 17

Health has again this week loomed large in our consciousness.


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Future plans for Stafford’s Beaconside site and keeping people active 

16 Jan 17

Philip Atkins and I met with Kai Liu on Friday.


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Looking forward to a busy year 

9 Jan 17

Firstly, and most importantly, I wish you a happy, healthy and prosperous New Year.


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Preparing for Christmas 

19 Dec 16

I made my now familiar way to Christ Church Academy in Stone to award the prize for the county council Christmas Card Competition; it’s the second year in a row that a student from this excellent school has won the competition.


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The technological possibilities in post-Brexit Staffordshire 

7 Dec 16

On Monday, Cabinet members and I met with other public sector leaders from across the county, to discuss what next for post-Brexit Staffordshire, taking the work that we have been doing over the summer and autumn one step further.


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Reaction to the Autumn Statement 

28 Nov 16

The Chancellor’s Autumn Statement was the external highlight of the week.


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Looking at some of the great things we do 

21 Nov 16

I spent part of last Thursday in Cannock, visiting Staffordshire University Academy, the West Chadsmoor Community Centre and CESS, a community group in Rugeley.


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The case for doing things differently with healthcare in Staffordshire 

15 Nov 16

You might have seen national news coverage yesterday about NHS Sustainability and Transformation Plans (STPs) and concerns over ‘secrecy’ about what’s in them.