Related posts:No related photos. Comments are closed. Previous Article Next Article Socpo and AHHRM get closer on public sectorOn 30 May 2001 in Personnel Today Local government HR body Socpo and NHS HR group the AHHRM are forming closerties to better promote public-sector HR issues. Both HR representative groups feel the CIPD does not sufficiently support HRprofessionals in the public sector. Francesca Okosi, vice-president of Socpo, believes that the CIPD does notfulfil its role of helping public-sector members perform their jobs better. She said, “The CIPD is not aimed at the needs of public sector. We aregoing through modernisation yet this is not re- presented in the CIPD’swork.” The AHHRM and Socpo want CIPD events to have more public-sector speakers andbe cheaper to attend so HR professionals from the sector can afford to go. The two groups will work together on professional development, benchmarking,staff secondments and research. Socpo representatives will also speak at the AHHRM’s September conferenceand they are also considering a joint conference and action plan next year. TerryGorman, assistant chief executive of personnel and corporate services atNottinghamshire County Council, urged the CIPD to re-evaluate its support forpublic-sector professionals. He said, “It is more difficult to work in the public sector than theprivate. The private sector has much simpler objectives while we have much morecontrols, a wider range of services, more legislation to work under, scrutinyand press interest.” In response, Mike Emmott, employee relations adviser at the CIPD, claimedthe institute is working with public-sector organisations such as the NHSExecutive and the Local Government Employers’ Organisation to ensure researchand projects take their needs into account.