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National Leadership Centre plans digital service


Mark Say Managing Editor

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The National Leadership Centre (NLC) is making plans for a digital service to bring its members together online.

It has identified needs including enabling members to connect more easily and build personal networks with the peers, and get access to curated content tailored to their interests.

The NLC was set up by the Government in October of last year, connecting approximately 1,500 senior leaders across England’s public sector.

It is scheduled for a formal launch in mid-September, with objectives including the creation of a digital platform, along with a flagship leadership programme and research on the relationships between leadership, wellbeing and productivity in the sector.

According to a procurement notice for support in delivering the platform, NLC members are using external services such as LinkedIn for networking and discussions, but this is not consistent, and more sector-specific services do not cross organisational boundaries.

It is understood that one of the priorities will be to make it easier for users to identify and find others dealing with similar issues to themselves.

The NLC has already done discovery and alpha work on the project with business consultancy Convivio and aims to have a beta version of the service available during September. It will then go through a period of iteration under the new contract through to March of next year for a 'go live' version.

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Amended on 9/8/19 to indicate that a beta version is scheduled to be available in September.

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