One of our strategic partners, the Royal Society of Arts, yesterday published a report exploring the response of the public sector to the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic.
“Seizing the moment: building local bridges to the future” examines how various services across the public sector have orchestrated and integrated their response across organisational boundaries and included communities and other partners, potentially illustrating a stronger way forward for future cooperation.
The report features a number of perspectives local to Bradford: with comments from CEOs of both Bradford and Leeds’ councils, Kersten England and Tom Riordan; Kim Shutler of Bradford’s Cellar Trust, Professor John Wright of the Bradford Institute for Health Research and our own CEO Kamran Rashid.
“There will be significant changes. There is a recognition that local authority alone is not in a position to deliver services to communities without the collaboration other public services and, more importantly, the voluntary and community sector.”
“Data sharing needs to be thought out properly. It needs to be ethical. We need to make sure that people are not being made vulnerable as a result of their data being collected. But we need to address health inequalities and data is vital to help with targeted interventions.”
“I’m redesigning a local strategic partnership. I’m trying to do that now with a renewed ‘esprit de corps’ and a greater willingness to work beyond the confines of institutions.”
“We have got to really engage with our constituents, the public, our community – it’s the end of the patriarchal ‘we will do this’. Communities know what the solutions are. People are wise.”