Spring Webinar Series 2021: Book Now

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Battling Covid-19 using research, analysis and insight

The webinar series is free to attend for Full Individual & Corporate Members.

For Associate & Non Members, sign up to Full Individual Membership for just £20.00 to access the full series and other membership benefits. Alternatively, your organisation can sign up to Corporate Membership for £125.00 and all colleagues will have access to the webinar series. Sign up.

Hear from our Honorary President, Martin Reeves on what to expect from the series.

The webinars will be hosted via Zoom Meetings. If you haven’t used Zoom before, we recommend you register for a free account here and download the software onto your computer or device in preparation for the webinars. If you already have a Zoom account, please make sure you have downloaded the most recent update of the software.

For the best experience we recommend participating on a computer or tablet rather than a smartphone.

Please note, all webinars will be recorded, by registering to attend you are providing consent.

Please see below list of webinars and details on how to register. For session overviews, please download the full programme.

Friday 7th May 2021: 14:00 – 15:00
Internal responses to COVID and how to plan for service development and change

The staff experience of the Covid-19 pandemic: insights and actions
Rachel Kennard, Chief Analyst & Diane Trollope, Service Manager OD & Engagement, Kent County Council

Rapid Innovation and the COVID Response in Powys
Emma Palmer, Head of Transformation and Communication & Catherine James, Deputy Head of Transformation and Communication, Powys County Council


Wednesday 12th May 2021: 10:30 – 12:00
Understanding the impact of COVID and lockdown

Understanding Older People’s Experience of Lockdown: Using Citizen Space
Erin R. Murray, Research and Policy Officer, Scottish Borders Council

COVID Health Equity Manchester: Understanding and responding to the impact of COVID-19 on BAME communities and other at risk groups
Neil Bendel, Public Health Specialist (Health Intelligence), Manchester City Council

Medium Term Impact of Covid-19 on Essex Services and Residents: A view of emerging challenges facing services in 2021 & beyond
Nicki Mallett, Head of Data & Analytics & Stephen Simpkin, Data Science Fellow, Essex County Council


The Research Design Service (RDS) is offering the chance to ‘drop’ in to an informal discussion with RDS advisers about health and social care research, after this webinar.

Do ‘Drop-in’ if you:

  • have an idea for research that needs external funding
  • would like to develop partnerships with academic researchers
  • are considering becoming more involved in academic research as a career.

Email martin.stevens@kcl.ac.uk if you would like to ‘drop-in’ or just enter the breakout room that will be available immediately after the Webinar for a more general discussion.

If you’re not coming to the this webinars, but are interested, do make contact anyway through the ‘request support’ button on your local RDS homepage  

Tuesday 18th May 2021: 10:30 – 11:30
Local voices through lockdown: using innovative qualitative research approaches to inform Covid-19 recovery planning
Lucy Morrell, Research Director, Lucy Bush, Research Director, BritainThinks & Adam Hawksbee, Head of Policy & Programme Development, West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA)


Thursday 27th May 2021: 14:00 – 15:40
What to do with all this data? – Developing platforms to analyse and share COVID-related data with professionals, service users and citizens

Webinar Sponsors

Building an integrated systems response to the COVID-19 pandemic in Bury
Helen Smith, Strategic Performance & Intelligence Manager, Bury Council & Angela Partington, Head of BI, Bury CCG

Using Health, Social Care, Benefits and Troubled Families data to assess vulnerability during the COVID-19 pandemic
John Bowers, Liverpool Families Programme Data and Information Manager, Liverpool City Council

CoronaWatch: The Suffolk Covid-19 Data Story
Natacha Bines, Head of Population Insight, Suffolk County Council

During the webinar you will hear from the webinar sponsor OCSI. There is also opportunity to book 121 meetings before and after the webinar to hear more about their work.


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