Insights from Una O’Brien

Dame Una O'Brien

As she leaves the Civil Service, Una O’Brien, former Permanent Secretary at the Department of Health, looks back at her successful career in the public sector, outlining the lessons she has to share with colleagues starting out or progressing their careers today.

Giving policy makers skills to excel: Executive Master of Public Policy

Executive Master of Public Policy

As part of the drive to professionalise policy making, the Civil Service has partnered with the London School of Economics and Political Science to run a bespoke Executive Master of Public Policy programme. Jen Mason from Civil Service Learning outlines the thinking behind, and focus of, this programme and its benefits for ambitious civil servants.

The public face of the Civil Service: Creating a professional operational delivery workforce

Operational Delivery is the Civil Service’s largest profession. In this article, James Bishop sets out the innovative work now taking place to help the profession’s 280,000 members learn new skills, progress their careers and ensure the Civil Service has the right operational capabilities for times of crisis and beyond.

The Spending Review in 1,000 words

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The Chancellor announced the outcome of the Spending Review on 25 November, following months of work by officials and ministers across government. It marks the next phase in the Government’s plans for this Parliament, building on its manifesto commitments. It will be rounded off with the publication of departments’ business plans (Single Departmental Plans) in January.