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2016 Socitm spring conference

Mobile responsive council websites on the increase, finds survey – but quality declines

12 June 2017

Web and digital managers must engage service managers to create ‘properly digital’ services, not just put a service online, says Socitm review team

Why we should be more afraid of the cultural chasm than the digital skills gap

24 August 2016

The public sector might know what core digital skills it is short of, but its across-the-board capacity to embrace change is the key problem, according to​ Mel Ross of transformation consultancy Adapt2Digital.

Digital transformation needs a little more talk and much more action

13 July 2016

A straw poll session at this year’s Socitm Spring Conference revealed some uncomfortable insights on the state of digital transformation across the UK public sector. Mel Ross looks at what’s to be done.

Collaboration

Why the public sector should work more closely with charities

6 December 2017

Vodafone's Mick Wayman opines that better co-operation with the non-profit sector could help save money and improve service levels

GDS readies new centralised design platform for GOV.UK services

31 October 2017

New offering, which is entering beta testing, will combine elements of current platforms such as the Service Manual and GOV.UK Elements

GDPR

Public sector ‘cannot rely on consent as a legal basis’ for GDPR compliance, warns ICO

29 November 2017

Government entities urged to explore one of the four other options available for establishing the lawfulness of data processing

What all public-sector IT leaders need to know to be ready for GDPR

25 September 2017

Victoria Cetinkaya of the Information Commissioner’s Office ​gives the organisation's top tips for government tech and data chiefs to ensure they are ready for new regulation next year

Cloud

‘This does not feel like a good thing’ - G-Cloud suppliers see opportunity and alarm in framework’s extension

5 December 2017

Providers ambivalent as CCS and GDS head into a crucial period - one that will bring a potential £1.5bn opportunity, but lots of uncertainty too

 

NHS looks to move data-analytics platform into the cloud

20 November 2017

NHS Business Services Authority issues RFI seeking feedback on potential benefits and challenges of moving Oracle-based system off premises

Cybersecurity

ICO ‘making enquiries’ after MPs admit sharing passwords with staff

5 December 2017

Trio of Conservative politicians reminded of their data-protection obligations after revealing that they share login details with others

Open Source

Nonsense or necessity? Doctors divided on NHS e-Referrals

17 November 2017

With the deadline for going paperless less than a year away, Gill Hitchcock finds that front-line workers have differing views on health service’s tech systems

Digital chief lifts lid on how HMRC pulled off the biggest tax change in 70 years without anyone noticing

15 September 2017

Interim CDIO Mike Potter also discusses how the department is leading the way on mobile apps and blockchain, and why he wants a tax service built around life events

PSN

What the doctor ordered

1 June 2017

An NHS-wide cloud for sharing diagnostic images and intelligence across the health service could mean huge economies of scale, stronger collaboration, and rapid digitisation, according to Jane Rendall and Fredrik Gustavsson.

Tech

Hampshire County Council uses tech to tackle loneliness

7 December 2017

Hampshire’s director of adults’ health and care Graham Allen talks to Gill Hitchcock about using IT to relieve loneliness among the county’s older population and where he finds inspirational digital ideas