Staffordshire news and blogs Friday 19 January 2018


Staffordshire CC: Chief Exec's blog - Nick Bell

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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.

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Thinking about the long term in an ever changing world 

7 Nov 16

I remember a friend in the early 1980’s joking that in his job, he didn’t look out of the window in the morning, or he wouldn’t have anything to look forward to in the afternoon.

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Connecting Us Survey results 

31 Oct 16

We have now done the first cut of analysis of the Connecting Us Survey, and I wanted to share some of the initial feedback with you.

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Maximising the economic benefits of HS2 for Staffordshire 

26 Oct 16

I spent some of this week at MIPIM UK, the leading property development exhibition in Olympia, London.

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Taking care of Unaccompanied Asylum Seeking Children 

17 Oct 16

The subject of Unaccompanied Asylum Seeking Children (UASC) has kept us busy this weekend.

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The Story of Staffordshire and MTFS 

10 Oct 16

Sometimes, one has to take some time to step back from the daily whirl of events and think ahead.

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Using the digital gateway to make digital working a reality 

3 Oct 16

You might remember me leading a bit of a charge against unnecessary meetings and poor time-keeping a year or so ago.