Public Services - letter from the Chair

Dear Group Member

It has been over 6 months now since the introduction of COVID-19 controls in the UK. It seems to me we are now heading for some form of national controls in the next few weeks, following the brief relaxation of some of the rules over the summer, and if this is just because everyone is starting to struggle with what controls are in place where.

This situation is undoubtedly having a major impact on public services. Whether this is Civil Servants trying to walk a tight rope between managing the economy and developing practical public health steps to control the virus, through to the police and local government colleagues trying to enforce the controls. This is in addition to the practical steps of those working in the public sector trying to continue to deliver services to increased demand, whilst implementing fundamental changes to our operations.

Throughout this period of change the public sector has come together to support each other to ensure the delivery of those services. It is this spirit of togetherness that the IOSH Public Services Group committee wants to utilise as we review our membership and strategy for the next 3 years.

As the group with the broadest remit it is essential we reflect the requirements of our membership. The first stage of this approach was our recent survey to establish in which sectors and where you are working so we can better target our events and information. I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for those responses, they were really appreciated.

The second stage of our plan is to recruit new members to our current vacancies to revitalise the committee. It is the perfect time to join as once the membership of the committee is finalised we will be drafting a new the group 3-year strategy for the group. If you want to make a difference please apply. Information on how to apply is here Application form and I look forward to receiving your applications.

I will be writing again after the recruitment to introduce the new members and our 3-year strategy.

Kind regards

Stuart Langston CMIOSH. PSG Chair.