Book News: December 4th, 2008

Human resources, as a function, has been criticised for not being able to raise its game to deliver a more strategic approach to the services it offers. This self-assessment framework developed by leading Human Resources professionals within the sector seeks to address the issue.

Managing human resources is a core function for all local authorities and should be leading the way in providing modern, accessible, transparent and joined-up services. Increasingly, the pace of change means that understanding, leveraging and creating capacity and competency is key. When HR practices are aligned with the needs of internal and external customers, organisations are more likely to succeed.

The document sets out a nationally defined set of criteria which seek to outline the skills, experience and qualities required to deliver strategic human resources in a local authority setting. Its purpose is to develop a national standard that supports individuals to make robust judgments about their capability to perform against a set of indicators reflecting customer and industry expectations.

The objectives are to deliver a nationally recognised set of indicators that will set an industry standard for HR professionals working in the sector and to design a framework from which HR professionals can determine appropriate and fit for purpose development opportunities. It also seeks to develop a person specification that is created, led by and supported by the sector. This will be done working in partnership with key industry stakeholders for a joined-up approach including the Public Sector People Managers’ Association, the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development and Investors in People.

The document is available from the PSPM.