CfPS offers a selection of advanced training modules, designed for scrutiny chairs and others with an understanding of the fundamentals, who may want to take their knowledge further. These courses are designed for delivery in small groups. We also provide essentials (entry-level) training, and scrutiny training on more specialised subject areas.
This focuses on developing the leadership, influencing and managing skills that effective scrutiny chairs and vice-chairs need to make the committee or task group effective. There is an element of practical case study tasks and understanding behaviours and culture.
Based on a ‘live’ case study, this involves a series of tasks and challenges that supports scrutiny to take a more strategic and systematic approach to the budget and MTFP process. It helps to explain how members can and should be involved in designing scrutiny around the budget process and its link to the council’s strategic plan.
As councils find ways to develop new income streams and focus on even greater value on commercial contracts, the role of overview and scrutiny becomes increasingly complex. This module takes a case study approach to effective scrutiny of commercial structures and council investments.
This course helps members to understand the changing relationship between councils and the NHS, especially scrutiny of STPs and ICSs. This includes arrangements for joint scrutiny where two or more council areas are involved. It also helps help members to tackle scrutiny of proposals for substantial service reconfigurations, including scrutiny’s contribution to service redesign.