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Lockdown lessons – Peers to quiz health, local government and children's services leaders

The House of Lords Public Services Committee will hear from health, local government and children's services experts tomorrow (Wednesday 10 June from 3pm) in its second public evidence session.

The committee, set up to examine the transformation of public services to ensure that they are fit for the 21st century, is looking into what the COVID-19 experience can tell us about the future role, priorities and shape of public services.

The committee will hear from:
At 3.00pm:

  • Sarah Pickup, Deputy Chief Executive, Local Government Association
  • Saffron Cordery, Deputy Chief Executive, NHS Providers
  • Kate Terroni, Chief Inspector of Adult Services, Care Quality Commission

Possible questions and topics of discussion are likely to include:

  • Has the crisis encouraged collaboration among health, care and community services?
  • Are there lessons to be learnt for regulators and commissioners?
  • How  have areas where health and care services were well integrated before the crisis met people's needs during lockdown?
  • Does the experience of coronavirus call for new ways of working in health and social care delivery?

At 3.55pm:

  • Anne Longfield, The Children's Commissioner
  • Claire Murdoch, National Director for Mental Health Services, NHS England and CEO, Central and North West London NHS Foundation Trust
  • Amanda Spielman, Chief Inspector, Ofsted

Possible questions and topics for discussion are likely to include:

  • Has siloed working limited the ability of education providers and children and young people's services to respond to coronavirus?
  • How effective have public services been in meeting the needs of vulnerable children during lockdown?
  • How can central and local government, commissioners and regulators encourage better collaboration between services going forward?
  • How should services support vulnerable and disadvantaged children in the months and years ahead?

The virtual session will be broadcast live on Parliament TV.

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