Developing the capacity and capability of members and officers

Developing the capacity and capability of members and officers to be effective.
  • Making sure that members and officers have the skills, knowledge, experience and resources they need to perform well in their roles
  • Developing the capability of people with governance responsibilities and evaluating their performance, as individuals and as a group
  • Encouraging new talent for membership of the authority so that best use can be made of individuals' skills and resources in balancing continuity and renewal
The code should reflect the requirement for local authorities to: Compliance can be demonstrated by:

Provide induction programmes tailored to individual needs and opportunities for members and officers to update their knowledge on a regular basis

  • Training and development plan
  • Induction programme
  • Update courses/information

Ensure that the statutory officers have the skills, resources and support necessary to perform effectively in their roles and that these roles are properly understood throughout the authority

  • Job description/ personal specifications membership of top management team
  • Management structure and reporting lines
Assess the skills required by members and officers and make a commitment to develop those skills to enable roles to be carried out effectively
  • Training plans
  • Skills audit
  • Staff Development Reviews
Develop skills on a continuing basis to improve performance, including the ability to scrutinise and challenge and to recognise when outside expert advice is needed
  • Training and development plans reflect the requirement of a modern councillor including:
  • the ability to scrutinise and challenge
  • the ability to recognise when outside advice is required
  • advice on how to act as an ambassador for the community
leadership and influencing skills
  • Stakeholders' forums' terms of reference
Ensure that effective arrangements are in place for reviewing the performance of the executive as a whole and of individual members and agreeing an action plan which might, for example, aim to address any training or development needs
  • Performance management system
  • Appraisals
  • Scrutiny
  • Portfolio holder meetings with senior staff
Ensure that effective arrangements designed to encourage individuals form all sections of the community to engage with, contribute to and participate in the work of the authority
  • Strategic partnership framework
  • Consultation/engagement strategy
  • Area forums' roles and responsibilities
Ensure that effective arrangements designed to encourage individuals form all sections of the community to engage with, contribute to and participate in the work of the authority
  • Performance management system
  • Appraisals
  • Scrutiny
  • Portfolio holder meetings with senior staff
Ensure that effective arrangements designed to encourage individuals form all sections of the community to engage with, contribute to and participate in the work of the authority
  • Strategic partnership framework
  • Consultation/engagement strategy
  • Stakeholders' forums' terms of reference
  • Area forums' roles and responsibilities
Ensure that career structures are in place for members and officers to encourage participation and development
  • Succession planning
  • Workforce Plan
  • Talent Management Policy