Design in the Public Sector trailer

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. How might we improve our physical and mental health and be more socially engaged in order to lead to better health outcomes?

Are you working to reduce unnecessary A&E visits, prevent diabetes or increase levels of physical activity amongst your residents? Whatever the public health challenge within your community, Design Council can support you and your health partners to collaboratively explore these issues and identify opportunities to deliver positive change.  

We invite leaders, managers and decision makers in local government to sign up to our 16 week programme and join a growing national movement and network of public sector innovators who have already discovered the power of design to address social challenges.

At a time when budgets are tight and resources stretched within public health, design is increasingly being recognised as a critical tool to help transform services in communities across the globe. There is no better time to sign up to our Design in the Public Sector programme. We look forward to welcoming applications and supporting teams across the country in the coming months to use design to deliver healthier communities.

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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. The programme; 

  • Delivers an accelerated learning experience for project teams through five, one-day workshops delivered over 16 weeks. Between workshops project teams will 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 delivered in Leeds for teams in the North and the Design Council’s office in London for those in the South
  • Is funded by the LGA, delivered by Design Council.

Councils will benefit from: 

  • Greater collaboration between you and your partners to tackle public health challenges together
  • An introduction to design approaches for healthier communities. You will be supported 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’re looking 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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What we’re looking for

We’re looking for applications which clearly demonstrate:

  • What your public health challenge is and what you aim to achieve
  • Where you are currently in addressing the challenge
  • How your project or challenge links to the wider strategic aims of your organisation, partners and external stakeholders 
  • How and where you think design can help with your challenge
  • If you’ve participated in any similar programmes before or have some understanding of design thinking
  • Who is in your proposed team (you can have up to 5 team members including your Project Manager). Teams must be led by Local Authorities and include members from partner organisations e.g. public/third/private sector

Application dates

  • Applications open – 16 July 2018
  • Applications close – 21 September 2018 (midday)
  • Shortlist of teams – 9 October 2018
  • Selection panel (North) – 16 October 2018
  • Selection panel (South) – 23 October 2018

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Resources

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

Chelmsford City Council Chelmsford City Council sought out design coaching to solve the problem of school parking in their area. Chelmsford City Council sought out design coaching to solve the problem of school parking in their area.

Case study — 05/04/2016

Designing better beginnings for families How Staffordshire County Council developed community-based solutions to support vulnerable families. How Staffordshire County Council developed community-based solutions to support vulnerable families.

Case study — 13/01/2017

Hanover Housing Association Improving services to help patients suffering from dementia Improving services to help patients suffering from dementia

Case study — 13/01/2016