Our Partners

We work with key organisations to deliver the best possible service for our members and allow them more access to a network of knowledge and experience to tackle key public service reform topics and agendas.


NHS North West Leadership Academy

Our philosophy is simple – great leadership development improves leadership behaviours and skills. Better leadership leads to better patient care, experience and outcomes. Our purpose is to work with our partners to deliver excellent leadership across the NHS to have a direct impact on patient care.



The Association of Directors of Children’s Services Ltd – ADCS

ADCS is the national leadership association in England for statutory directors of children’s services and other children’s services professionals in leadership roles.



North West Association of Directors of Adult Social Services (ADASS)

ADASS is a charity and the association aims to further the interests of people in need of social care by promoting high standards of social care services and influencing the development of social care legislation and policy in England. The membership is drawn from serving directors of adult social care employed by local authorities. Associate members are past directors and our wider membership includes deputy and assistant directors.



Public Health England

Public Health England was established on 1 April 2013 to bring together public health specialists from more than 70 organisations into a single public health service. We protect and improve the nation’s health and wellbeing, and reduce health inequalities.



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Local Government Association

The LGA is the national voice of local government. We work with councils to support, promote and improve local government. We are a politically-led, cross-party organisation that works on behalf of councils to ensure local government has a strong, credible voice with national government. We aim to influence and set the political agenda on the issues that matter to councils so they are able to deliver local solutions to national problems.



Civil Service Local
Civil Service Local is a small team attached to Civil Service Resourcing, and work with civil servants on the frontline across the country. Our aims are to help civil servants. They trial new ways of working together, provide learning and development opportunities and work to raise the profile of the Civil Service in the local community by encouraging activities such as volunteering and school visits.



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Voluntary Sector North West – VSNW

VSNW is the regional voluntary sector network for the North West. The purpose of VSNW is to ensure that the voluntary and community sector (VCS), in all its diversity, takes its full part in shaping the future of the North West.



Health Education England – Working Across The North West

Health Education England (HEE) exists for one reason only: to support the delivery of excellent healthcare and health improvement to the patients and public of England by ensuring that the workforce of today and tomorrowhas the right numbers, skills, values and behaviours, at the right time and in the right place.



NHS Employers

As an organisation, NHS Employers’ intention is to be the authoritative voice of workforce leaders, experts in HR, and negotiate fairly to get the best deal for patients. We help employers make sense of current and emerging healthcare issues by regularly collecting and analysing the views of employers and using our expertise to support you in managing the transition during the health reforms. We keep employers up to date with the latest workforce thinking and expert opinion, provide practical advice and information, and generate opportunities to network and share knowledge and best practice.




iNetwork is a growing partnership that helps local public services use information better, be digitally savvy and design better services. We promote improvement and efficiency by influencing, inspiring, innovating, involving, implementing ideas, investing and, most importantly, networking.



Local Government Information Unit – LGiU

The LGiU is a think tank and local authority membership organisation as well as a registered charity; and what we are about is pretty simple. We are all about people and the places where we live: we are about the everyday essentials that make life work – health, schools, homes, jobs, support, open spaces and the rest. And the thread that weaves through all our work is our core belief that all these essentials are best when they are designed and delivered locally.



Virtual Staff College – VSC

The VSC designs and delivers professional development opportunities for those in leadership positions in local authority children’s services and other principal stakeholders such as HWBs, CCGs and other partners, working in the leadership, management and delivery of services for children, young people and families.



Birmingham University – 21st Century Public Servant Team

The 21st Century Public Servant project builds on the findings of the 2011 University of Birmingham Policy Commission into the ‘Future of Local Public Services’ which identified the need to pay attention to the changing roles undertaken by public servants and the associated support and development needs. It is a Knowledge Exchange project funded by the Economic and Social Research Council in partnership with Birmingham City Council.