We recognise that there is a growing movement of design thinking and innovation in public services and the LGA is keen to equip more councils with the necessary tools and knowledge.

Cllr Paul Bettison OBE, Chairman, LGA Improvement and Innovation Board

Overview

There are many challenges we need to understand and address if we are to become a healthy nation. At a time when public health budgets are tight, and resources stretched, our Design in the Public Sector programme has the health of the nation at the core of its agenda. Using Design Council’s Framework for Innovation and globally recognised Double Diamond, Design Council supports councils and their health partners to explore their challenges and identify innovative opportunities to deliver positive and sustainable change.

This year 14 projects from 18 councils across England have been selected onto the programme to help address complex public health challenges and improve outcomes for their residents.  From November 2018 to April 2019, the council-led teams will tackle a range of prevention focused public health challenges from alcohol misuse and physical inactivity, to improving air quality and reducing bloodstream infections in people who inject drugs.

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Looking back on last year's Design in the Public Sector programme A brief look back at some of the public health challenges explored through our Design in the Public Sector programme last year. A brief look back at some of the public health challenges explored through our Design in the Public Sector programme last year.

Feature — 09/07/2018

About the programme

Design Council's structured approach has been successfully adopted by over 60 Local Authorities so far. This year we are working with teams led by

  • Cheshire East Borough Council
  • Chorley Council
  • Derbyshire County Council
  • Liverpool City Council
  • Solihull Council
  • Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council
  • Tameside Metropolitan Borough Council
  • Surrey County Council
  • East Sussex County Council
  • Bristol City Council
  • Portsmouth City Council
  • South Cambridgeshire District Council
  • Adur and Worthing Councils
  • Maldon District Councils

 The programme;

  • Delivers an accelerated learning experience for project teams through five, one-day workshops delivered over 16 weeks. Between workshops project teams also benefit from 2 coaching sessions with our design experts to troubleshoot and keep them on track
  • Provides an introductory Masterclass for Senior stakeholders
  • Is funded by the LGA, delivered by Design Council.

Councils benefit from:

  • Greater collaboration between you and your partners to tackle public health challenges together
  • An introduction to design approaches for healthier communities.
  • Support to use design to explore key public health challenges, create new insights and develop alternative models based on prevention
  • New skills and capabilities embedded within your council and with your partners.
  • Learning and applying a people-centred process that brings together public health partners and the community in new ways

Dates for the programme

Northern teams

  • Masterclass for senior stakeholders: 2 November 2018
  • Workshop 1 & 2: 12 November - 13 November 2018
  • Coaching: 17 January 2019
  • Workshop 3: 1 February 2019
  • Workshop 4: 25 February 2019
  • Coaching: 11 March 2019
  • Workshop 5: 25 March 2019

Southern teams

  • Masterclass for senior stakeholders: 9 November 2018
  • Workshop 1 & 2: 19 November & 20 November 2018
  • Coaching: 17 January 2019
  • Workshop 3: 7 February 2019
  • Workshop 4: 7 March 2019
  • Coaching: 21 March 2019
  • Workshop 5: 4 April 2019

Who is the programme for?

The programme supports teams of decision-makers actively involved in the delivery of public health services with a focus specifically on prevention.

We look for applications led by councils across England which;

  • Tackle a key public health challenge 
  • Are led by a council, but involve wider health partners from across the public sector
  • Are endorsed by your Chief Executive and a senior sponsor (e.g. a Director of Public Health) 
  • Have the capacity to undertake the work and attend all programme delivery days
  • Are willing to share learning and experiences from the programme with other councils across the country 

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Applications for Design in the Public Sector 2018-19 are now closed. 

If you would like further information about the programme, or to discuss opportunities to work together, please get in touch.

Resources

Brent Council: Keeping vulnerable young people safely in the community Brent Council wanted to develop their support for children, young people and their families through our Design in the Public Sector programme. Brent Council wanted to develop their support for children, young people and their families through Design in the Public Sector.

Case study — 12/09/2018

Five things we learned at Design in the Public Sector Ellen Care, Transformation and Change Officer for the London Borough of Bexley, gives us her top 5 things she will take from her time on the programme Ellen Care, Transformation and Change Officer for the London Borough of Bexley, gives us her top 5 things she will take from the programme.

Feature — 23/07/2018

Hackney Council: Connecting services to support the health of tenants in private housing Hackney Council applied for the Design Council’s Design in the Public Sector programme, funded by the Local Government Association, to find ways to deal with the health challenges some of their residents were facing. Hackney Council applied to Design in the Public Sector to find ways to deal with the health challenges some of their residents were facing.

Case study — 11/07/2018

Doncaster Council: Embedding user-centred design in local government David Ayre from Doncaster Council reflects on his experience of using design thinking to help address public health issues through our Design in the Public Sector programme. David Ayre from Doncaster Council reflects on his experience of using design thinking to help address public health issues.

Feature — 29/03/2018