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Fri Feb 2024

Adult Social Care Breakfast Briefing: Commissioning, Councils & ICBs

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Written by:
Samuel Bos-Coley,
Lead Consultant

In this Adult Social Care Breakfast Briefing, Kerrie Allward, Executive Director of Adult Social Care at Walsall Council, shares the story of their Place-based Partnership and Integrated Care arrangements.

Integrated Care Boards (ICBs) are one of the latest initiatives aimed at integrating care in the UK, providing joined-up support across the NHS and health and social care to better meet the needs of the population. However, despite the inherent benefits of ICBs, councils and Adult Social Care face a myriad of challenges in navigating this complex integration process. These challenges include coordination among diverse care providers, resource allocation, and the effective implementation of technology.

Kerrie’s talk begins with the recognition that if Walsall Council had started their journey through a commissioning lens they would not have got to where they are today. Kerrie goes on to share how her journey with Walsall began in 2016, when they were in the fortunate position to already have the Healthy Walsall Partnership Board established. This Board brought together all the senior leaders across Walsall, united with a shared ambition.

However, they recognised that they weren’t getting anywhere. They weren’t delivering programmes of activity that were helping them to achieve those ambitions. The Board therefore took the brave step to invest in a Systems Leadership approach. This brought together all the ‘seconds-in-command’ on a weekly basis with the aim to work out how their organisations could work better together.

After around 18 months, Walsall Together was born.

Kerrie’s talk shares more about what Walsall Together looked like and how it has evolved since its conception. This includes an introduction to their ‘Spectrum of Integrated Delivery’ and an in-depth look at their flagship service: ‘Intermediate Care Service’. Kerrie also provides insights into other projects, including: ‘Kindness Rocks’, tackling loneliness and isolation; ‘Work4Health’, supporting people into work, and ‘Diabetes Champions’.

Watch Kerrie’s talk below to discover the evolution of Walsall Together, how it came about, and the difference it has made to the communities of Walsall.

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    1510
    Fri Feb 2024

    Breakfast Briefing: Navigating S114 Notices for Public Sector Finance Leaders

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    Written by:
    Ben Pountney,
    Lead Practice Director

    Join us on Thursday 7th March at 8:00, at our online Breakfast Briefing, to explore the role of S114 Notices and their current impact.

    We are seeing an increase in the number of section 114 notices. A recent survey from the Local Government Association found that “almost one in five council leaders and chief executives in England […] think it is very or fairly likely that their chief finance officer will need to issue a Section 114 notice this year or next due to a lack of funding to keep key services running.”

    This Breakfast Briefing offers a fantastic opportunity for finance leaders across the public sector to come together and discuss this ever-growing challenge. The session will be led by Clive Heaphy, Chief Executive Officer at Middlesbrough Council, who will offer his own insights into navigating S114s.

    Clive Heaphy has over 40 years’ experience in public sector leadership in both Chief Executive and CFO roles. As Chief Executive of Middlesbrough Council, Clive is helping them through their recovery journey. He has held similar positions in Birmingham and Nottingham as well as setting up the Northamptonshire Children’s Trust.

    Sign up here to secure your place and join us on Thursday 7th March at 8:00.

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      1510
      Wed Feb 2024

      Insights Unveiled Series: Part 1 – Cover Letter Essentials

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      Written by:
      Abbey Robinson,
      Lead Delivery Manager

      Crafting a compelling cover letter is a critical step in landing your next job. It is the first chance you have to make a great and positive impression. While your resume provides a snapshot of your qualifications and experience, the cover letter is yours to showcase your disposition, passion, and fit for the role.

      To ensure your cover letter stands out, follow our five essential elements below that you should include:

       

      Personalisation

      Addressing the hiring manager by name and customising your cover letter to the specific job and company is crucial. Use this opportunity to demonstrate your understanding of the company’s values, and mission, and how your skills align with their needs. Mention specific details about the company’s recent accomplishments or initiatives and explain why you are enthusiastic about contributing to their success. This not only shows your enthusiasm but also demonstrates a proactive nature.

       

      Showcase Your Unique Skills and Achievements

      Highlight your most relevant skills, experiences, and achievements that directly relate to the job description. Instead of restating your resume, use the cover letter to provide context and examples that demonstrate your qualifications.

      Quantify your accomplishments whenever possible to showcase tangible results. For instance, rather than saying you “improved sales,” specify how you “increased sales by 30% within six months through targeted marketing strategies.”

       

      Demonstrate Fit and Enthusiasm

      Showcase your understanding of the company’s needs and explain how your skills and experiences make you an ideal fit for the role. Emphasise what you can bring to the company and how your contributions will add value. Express genuine enthusiasm for the opportunity to contribute and grow within the organisation. Additionally, explain why the company’s values and culture resonate with you and how you see yourself contributing to their success.

       

      Closing Strongly

      End your cover letter with a strong closing paragraph that reiterates your interest in the position and expresses gratitude for the opportunity to apply. Invite further discussion by indicating your willingness to provide additional information or participate in an interview. Include a call to action, such as expressing your eagerness to discuss how you can contribute to the company’s goals in an interview.

       

      General Tips:

      • 250 -400 words is sufficient
      • Check that your grammar and spelling is completely correct. This creates a professional image right off the bat. If you have dyslexia or struggle with this there are plenty of great free software downloads that can help you. Check out Grammarly, Language Tool, or QuillBot.
      • Use professional and courteous language, making sure to stay away from casual or profane speech.
      • Be succinct. Whilst detail is important to showcase your skills, the sharper your writing is the better chance you have of it being read thoroughly.

       

      Remember, a well-crafted cover letter should complement your resume by providing a more personalised and narrative-driven overview of your qualifications and enthusiasm for the job. Tailoring each cover letter to the specific job and company demonstrates your genuine interest and commitment, setting you apart from other applicants.

      By including these five essential elements you can create a compelling cover letter that captures the attention of hiring managers and increases your chances of securing an interview.

      Interested in working with Panoramic Associates? Get in touch here or browse our current vacancies here.

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        1510
        Thu Feb 2024

        The Crucial Role of Employee Value Propositions

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        Written by:
        Ben Pountney,
        Lead Practice Director

        At Panoramic Associates we understand the importance of standing out and making a lasting positive impression. So, we decided to delve a little deeper into the importance of one of the key services we offer our clients: Employee Value Proposition (EVP).

        Making a strong first impression is vital in securing top talent within your company. If you are struggling to hire, you may need to consider re-evaluating your EVP.

        What is EVP?

        EVP is the face the company shows to their employees, it’s what you offer your employees in return for their experience, skills, and dedication. EVP symbolises the internal culture of your organisation. It is not just the salary you have advertised, but what value employees gain from working as a part of your team. Employee Value Proposition is crucial to helping talent shine in the workplace.

        How can EVP help my business?

        Though EVP will already be in place for your company, it most likely hasn’t been fully explored and utilised to its full potential. When integrated properly, EVP can become a powerhouse tool in driving employee retention rates and decreasing recruitment costs. Furthermore, when investing in our EVP service clients can expect to see enhanced motivation, positivity, and innovation among their team members. Implementing an Employee Value Proposition will most definitely provide your organisation with a competitive edge and a positive employer brand.

        How we build a powerhouse EVP for you

        Using our experience in attracting top talent to the Public Sector and the Housing Market, we have summarised the main factors behind a strong EVP including its benefits and factors we considered when developing our own.

        First, we consulted an excellent article written by Jo Perrotta, Recruitment Marketing Specialist and Managing Director at Marmalade Marketing. In accordance with Perrotta’s article, ‘Why Employee Value Proposition Should Matter to You’, there are five simple steps to create a compelling EVP:

        • Identify your current offer
        • Characterise your Ideal Employee Profile (IEP)
        • Assess current perceptions
        • Tailor it to all employees
        • Communicate it

        These 5 steps allow a more strategic, tactical approach when developing an EVP and will guide you towards creating a well-defined and successful EVP.

        EVP is constantly evolving

        When the world went remote, it made Panoramic Associates question how we work. Productivity was maintained throughout this period, and it became clear that some traditional working practices were unnecessary and counterproductive.

        Since the pandemic, employees have different expectations from their workplace. This means that EVP is a constantly evolving process, a process that you will need to change to suit the organisation, its employees, and the demands for flexibility. Recruitment Marketing directly assists and controls the EVP within a business and is a huge USP when advertised effectively.

        Your EVP must focus on the future

        A survey study undertaken in 2020 discovered that employees are focused on gaining experience and are more willing to find another job than wait for a promotion. The report also revealed that 61% of employees value flexibility in the workplace, and an additional 76% of employees expect well-being support from their employer.

        In this way, it is important to tailor your EVP to focus on the benefits of each role and what it provides in terms of future development. It’s crucial it can be adapted to those in different skill and career brackets, as well as understanding what will be appealing for them at this stage in their career.

         

        Investing in a robust Employee Value Proposition can lead to a more engaged, loyal, and high-performing workforce, contributing significantly to the overall success and sustainability of your business.

        To find out more about our employer brand solutions please click here, or get in contact with us here.

         

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          1510
          Wed Jan 2024

          10 UK Roles That Are Growing in Demand

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          Written by:
          Lewis Gould,
          Director

          The beginning of a new year always arrives brimming with the potential of a fresh start. Maybe you’re searching for a new job to fill you with pride and passion, or perhaps you’re looking for job roles to fill as part of your current career. Whatever your motive, below are 10 of the current most popular jobs circulating the market today.

          It is important to note that alongside these job titles, there is huge learning and earning potential in close surrounding roles too. If you’re considering a job in any of the public, private, health, education, corporate, or built environment sectors please don’t hesitate to get in touch or browse our range of roles here.

           

          1. Graphic Designer

          First on our list of highest-growing jobs this year are graphic designers. Graphic designer positions are filled by those with huge creative flair, both on paper and through computer design. Graphic designers are needed for a multitude of important jobs including advertising new products, creating posters for events, and designing logos or company assets. These jobs are not only in high demand, but they are well-paid –– especially in major metropolitan areas like London, Glasgow, Belfast, and Edinburgh.

          Most common skills include: design skills and knowledge, thorough attention to detail, knowledge of media production and communication, knowledge of computer software systems, and innovation.

          Average salary per annum: £29,000

           

          2. Underwriting Analyst

          Next up are sales underwriting analysts. Underwriting analysts evaluate individuals and businesses to determine the risk level they pose to lenders and insurers. Underwriting analysts operate mostly in the insurance and real estate sectors.

          Most common skills include: mathematics, customer service skills, and analytical thinking.

          Average salary per annum: £34,000

           

          3. Sales Development Representative

          Those who operate under this title focus on finding new business leads through research, prospecting, and outreach and before passing them to their colleagues to close the deal. Sales Development Reps operate mostly in sectors such as technology, information, internet, IT services, IT consulting, and business consulting.

          Most common skills include: lead generation, cold calling, software as a service (SaaS).

          Average salary per annum: £40,000

           

          4. Energy Engineers

          Energy engineers use research, design, and construction to implement green solutions and improve energy consumption and use at a company. You need to have a degree in engineering or a relevant scientific subject to excel in this field of work. These include earth sciences, electrical, mechanical or chemical engineering. industries of work include engineering services, business consulting and services, design services.

          Most common skills include: mathematical skills, a strong understanding of innovation, initiative.

          Average salary per annum: £41,000

           

          5. Product Marketing Specialist

          Product marketing specialists are responsible for the marketing activity around product launches, for instance, creating product marketing plans, press releases, infographics, videos, and social media content. It is a highly creative job that is also incredibly dynamic. This job is on the rise in sectors such as technology, information and internet, it services and it consulting, and advertising services.

          Most common skills include: go-to-market strategy, product launch, B2B marketing, creative initiative, SEO training.

          Average salary per annum: £49,000

           

          6. Sustainability Managers

          Sustainability managers oversee environmental and sustainability strategies for a company or organisation. They ensure to analyse, assess, and report on environmental impact across the company to help achieve higher eco-conscientiousness. Sustainability managers operate mostly in sectors for business consulting, technology, and real estate.

          Most common skills include: carbon footprint analysis, corporate sustainability, and lifecycle assessment.

          Average salary per annum: £52,000

           

          7. Data Scientist

          Using machine learning technologies to organise information for start-ups and other firms, a Data Scientist is a key player in for any company. A Data Scientist collects and examines information, analysing it to make sense of it all. Other tasks include examining the correct data sets or variables, collecting large data sets, and looking at patterns and trends. Data scientists work mainly in the corporate world in sectors such as finance, consulting, manufacturing, pharmaceuticals, government and education.

          Most common skills include: Statistical knowledge, creating dashboards and reports, writing and communication, and domain knowledge.

          Average salary per annum: £53,000

           

          8. Dentist

          There is a high demand for dentists in UK. Dentistry is a tough profession to fulfil and like many specialist fields, a dentist must first become a doctor before moving into the study of dentistry. Despite the intensive education course and the pressure of handling people medically, the salary is usually higher than other less stressful careers.

          Most common skills include: knowledge of medicine and dentistry, excellent verbal communication skills, thorough attention to detail, and physical dexterity.

          Average salary per annum: £53,000

           

           9. Cyber Security Manager

          The role of cyber security managers is also on the rise. They identify potential security risks in products and services and are responsible for security compliance and monitoring within a company. Cyber security managers have an adaptable role and can work in many different sectors but mainly populate it services, IT consulting, transportation equipment manufacturing, technology, information, and internet areas.

          Most common skills include: information security, ISO 27001, and vulnerability management.

          Average salary per annum: £68,000

           

          10. Pilot

          Pilots are some of the most in-demand roles in the country and beyond powered by a high pilot shortage which is creating long and short effects across the world. As a major tourist destination, the United Kingdom is home to some of the busiest airports in Europe –– including Gatwick and Heathrow. Commercial airline pilots who fly to international destinations are typically paid more than continental or local-haul pilots, but the training required for all flights is the same. Although an intensive job the rewards are worth the hard work and training.

          Most common skills include: an understanding of maths and physics, an ability to understand technical information, as pilots need to know how their aircraft works, excellent spatial awareness and coordination, and strong teamwork skills.

          Average salary per annum: £72,000

           

          The 10 roles highlighted above not only reflect the current demands but also offer a glimpse into the diverse career landscape. Whether you’re driven by sustainability, technology, finance, or healthcare, there’s sure to be a role tailored to your skills and aspirations. Ready to take the next step in your career journey? Explore our wide range of roles here, and contact us today to find out more.

          Information sourced from Glassdoor, check out our profile here.

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            1510
            Thu Dec 2023

            Substance Misuse Breakfast Briefing: LEROs & Continuity of Care

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            Written by:
            Maisie Hockings,
            Practice Director

            In this Substance Misuse Breakfast Briefing, we are joined by Stuart Green (Service Manager with Lived Experience) and Madeline Drummond (Criminal Justice Project Manager – Change, Grow, Live).

            Stuart Green presents on the benefits of LEROs, how to work with LEROs in ROSC (Recovery Ordinated Systems of Care), peer-based approaches and the power of lived experience.

            While, Madeline Drummond talk us through how Change, Grow, Live efficiently implement Continuity of Care for people released from prison with a substance misuse treatment need with the service user’s care as priority, and getting the data right to evidence this.

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              1510
              Thu Nov 2023

              Substance Misuse Breakfast Briefing: LEROs, Engagement & Recovery Cities

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              Written by:
              Mia Collett,
              Business Manager

              In this Substance Misuse Breakfast Briefing, we are joined by David Best, Professor of Addiction Recovery, presents on the following topics:

              – Maximizing LEROs in the community
              – Engaging with LEROs
              – Addressing stigma and effective engagement with individuals dealing with substance misuse
              – Exploring the KFC Model (Kirkham Family Connectors), which focuses on continuity of care by harnessing the strengths and assets of families
              – Insights into Recovery Cities

              David Best is the world’s first Professor of Addiction Recovery. He has moved to Leeds Trinity University from Derby University, where he undertook research around addiction recovery and desistance from crime, to become the world’s 1st Professor of Addiction Recovery.

              He leads research into work on desistance from offending, recovery capital, and pathways to addiction recovery. He is also interested in social identity theory and its implications for recovery, recovery and desistance, addiction treatment effectiveness, prison and community connections, and family experiences of addiction and recovery.

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                1510
                Wed Aug 2023

                The Development & Regeneration Series – Insight into Chief of Staff Responsibilities

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                Written by:
                Alex Miller,
                Practice Director

                In the latest instalment of The Development & Regeneration Series, Panoramic Associates’ Practice Director Alex Miller was joined by Chris Shephard, Chief of Staff to the Chief Operating Officer for BCP Council.

                Chris has been with the Council for 9 years working his way up to Director of Economic Development as recently as May 2023. He and the Council decided to create and appoint Chris as their Chief of Staff to provide day-to-day support for the current Chief Operations Officer, Jess Gibbons.

                In the interview below, Chris covers the logic behind this appointment along with many other current talking points for the Council:

                – Where BCP is on the map, and what does the area consist of?
                – What the role of a chief of staff consists of in Local Government?
                – What benefits of a chief of staff being within an organisation?
                – What do you specifically like about the role?

                And lots more.

                It was an insightful session sharing our views on the topic; it was also an environment to discuss innovative ideas that can be implemented in their respected fields.

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                We, at Panoramic Associates, thoroughly enjoy getting insights into our specialist market sectors, other organisations and perspectives. We run these events to build our collective knowledge and provide opportunities to create a network of like-minded individuals.

                If you would like to get in involved in future events, or if you have any suggestions on future topics, please contact Alex at a.miller@panoramicassociates.co.uk

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                  1510
                  Tue Jul 2023

                  The Development & Regeneration Series – Working in the construction industry in the current climate

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                  Written by:
                  Alex Miller,
                  Practice Director

                  In the latest instalment of The Development & Regeneration Series, Panoramic Associates’ Practice Director Alex Miller invited Roselyn Unegbu, an experienced Senior Leader within capital delivery, to address potential areas of focus and challenges in the current market.

                  In the video below, we covered the following:

                  – Why you work in the area that you do today?
                  – Why Local Government and not other sectors?
                  – Local Government pipeline debate – capacity vs capability
                  – Areas that restrict development – rising costs in building construction and changes in building regulations

                  And lots more.

                  I felt it was a very honest conversation not glossing over anything and really bringing the current circumstances to light. Thanks again Roselyn, I look forward to the next one!

                  It was insightful for all the attendees to share their views on the topic; it was also an environment to share innovative ideas that can be implemented in their respected councils/working practice.

                  Watch the meetup below.

                  We, at Panoramic Associates, thoroughly enjoy getting insights into our specialist market sectors, other organisations and perspectives. We run these events to build our collective knowledge and provide opportunities to create a network of like-minded individuals.

                  If you have any suggestions on future topics for our next event, or would be interested in attending, please contact Alex at a.miller@panoramicassociates.co.uk.

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                    1510
                    Mon Aug 2022

                    The Development & Regeneration Series – A Round Table

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                    Written by:
                    Alex Miller,
                    Practice Director

                    In our latest virtual round table discussion, Panoramic Associates’ Lead Principal Consultant Alex Miller invited three guest speakers and attendees to discuss ‘The comparisons between Passive House and Retrofitting’.

                    Invited to the session was Emma Osmundsen (Managing Director of Exeter Living), Chris Brown (Assistant Director Housing Development and Regeneration at Somerset West and Taunton Council), and James Turner (Associate Director of Mikhail Richards).

                    We invited Emma Osmundsen (Managing Director of Exeter Living) to our round table discussion to talk about Exeter Living’s triple bottom line approach – people profit and the planet. Exeter Living have adopted Passive House (or Passivhaus) standards across all their buildings, which are now climate ready as a result of working with scientists from Exeter University. They have adopted these standards to eradicate poor property, and currently they have delivered 200 certified Passive House’ with a further 1000 homes for private sale, 50% will be Council stock, and 25% build to rent.

                    Emma made us aware that Passive House is much more than an energy standard, as it also provides comfort for users as well as being the most hygienic option. Despite the plethora of advantages, further discussion revealed the challenges of Passive House which include procurement, construction strategies, and overcoming stereotypical points of view.
                    Chris Brown (Assistant Director Housing Development and Regeneration – Somerset West and Taunton Council) then examined a slightly contrasting point of view by discussing Somerset West and Taunton Council’s progress on low carbon new build & retrofit. The key difference is around air tightness, and he went on to discuss how their pipeline has moved forward based on their model.

                    By promoting a fabric-first approach to delivering CO2 reduction, Chris found that the customer engagement was positive, which ensures that the Council’s housing is affordable in line with the HRA business plan. Somerset West and Taunton Council are aiming to deliver 400 units of low carbon per year. The main challenges they have faced are in communicating the benefits to leaseholders. The Council measure success based on aligning their outcomes to their capital programme, maximising SHDF and grants and ensuring homes are insulated to prevent fuel poverty.

                    Our final guest James Turner (Associate Director of Mikhail Richards) helped to outline what is important to Mikhail Richards when it comes to building housing whilst giving his perspective from another point of view. James described the performance gap of the buildings, from certified Passive House standards to other types of housing development. Talking through what lessons they have learnt after designing and delivering zero carbon homes, which he shared towards the end of the talk.

                    James recommended to invest initially as it will save time and money in the long term, and making sure to get the master plan right (which ensures the process is carried out correctly and doesn’t cost the earth) to balance quality and upfront build cost for the construction materials.

                    It was helpful for all the attendees to share their views on Passive House and Retrofitting and how they are progressing their schemes. It was also an environment to share innovative ideas that can be implemented in their respected councils/ working practice.

                    Watch the meetup below.

                    We, at Panoramic Associates, thoroughly enjoy getting insights into our specialist market sectors, other organisations and perspectives. We run these events to build our collective knowledge and provide opportunities to create a network of like-minded individuals.

                    If you have any suggestions on future topics for our next event or would be interested in attending, please contact Alex at a.miller@panoramicassociates.co.uk

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