About the workshop
Effectiveness and efficiency, and the core values of impartiality, integrity, honesty and objectivity, are generally regarded as the hallmarks of a modern public service. Public Service Commissions are often the guardians of these principles. Traditionally, their role might have been to ensure that appointments are made solely on merit following fair and open competition but now PSCs have a much wider responsibility – upholding standards.
What the workshop will cover
The workshop, which uses UK and international experience, will focus on:
• Roles and responsibilities to be found in Civil or Public Service Commissions
• Different models of regulation
• Effective selection of staff
• Measures to provide public confidence in the work of Civil or Public Service Commissions
• UK Civil Service reform and the implications for the Civil Service Commission
• The role of Parliament and other Government institutions in upholding high standards
• The scope of legislation covering the civil and public service.
How participants will benefit
The workshop will:
• Enable you to consider in depth the role of Public Service Commissioners, study the evolution of that role in the UK, and discuss topical issues facing Commissioners today
• Give you an opportunity to explore the respective responsibilities of Commissions, Ministries
and Agencies in the civil and public service appointments process
• Provide a forum for you to review approaches to drafting and implementing a Civil Service law
• Enable you to study the UK approach to modernising the civil and public services and improving their effectiveness
• Encourage you to share your experiences, review your own challenges, and prepare an action plan to meet those challenges.