The Local Public Service group works with members to find out more about the issues they face and in particular the professional support they need.

The group also works with others organisations and CIPR regions to explore how through working together they can benefit communicators in their work, professional development and improve cross-working and awareness.

CIPR LPS Committee members work throughout the year to develop, curate and signpost CPD events and resources for fellow communications professionals. It has been great to have our last three partnership events and our latest workshop yesterday all sell-out. We are keen to continue supporting you with our programme the rest of the year. Get in touch if you have a burning CPD topic or one that you would be willing to help organise an event, CPD resources or write about in our blog series. We would love to hear from you.

The CIPR’s Local Public Services group represents communications professionals in all local public services, including local government, health, housing, education, and emergency services. If you have an event you could host or present, contact us.

Forthcoming events


A full programme is planned for next year. Here are the confirmed events and projects to date.

  • Digital transformation research project
    We are gathering research materials including case studies on digital transformation for a report and webinar later this year.  The webinar will explore Managing communications in the digital age with the self-service citizen’, a CPD webinar with the CIPR Wessex and CMI Southern. Contact us to get involved or submit materials.
  • 31 January 2018 – Behaviour Change Workshop, CIPR HQ, London – bookings open, limited spaces. [Booking now closed]
  • February 2018 – Regeneration communications event

  • spring/ summer 2018 – Intellectual Property webinar 2 
  • April 2018 – AGM and CPD event

Previous events and projects

2017-2018 webinars – these CPD events were developed and provided by the group in collaboration with other regions,  institutes and the generosity of sponsors and members.

5 December 2017, 6.30pm ‘Mental toughness and personal resilience’ – this CPD webinar is being provided with thanks to trainers AQR International and CMI Southern and will include a panel of CIPR and CMI members. [Booking now closed]

6 December 2017, 11am – 12.30pm ‘Managing how your organisation and teams deal with GDPR’ – speakers include senior communications practitioners working with information management, representatives from the Centre of Excellence for Information Sharing and the Information Commissioner’s Office. [Booking now closed]

> More on the GDPR webinar on our blog site

Why GDPR is an opportunity for your organisation (Centre of Excellence for Information Sharing’s Holly Bremner writes for the LPS blog)

Fake news and ethics event, Oct 2017 – CIPR South West and CIPR LPS – thanks to all those involved with providing this event. [Booking now closed]

Read the blog by Tim Borrett MCMI from this event and discover why communications professionals are calling for long term engagement to build relationships

‘Intellectual Property – why is it important to you’, Oct 2017 – a CPD webinar with IPO and Chartered Management Institute Southern and communications practitioners working in this area. Thank you to all those involved and particularly to the Intellectual Property Office (IPO). The next in the series will be held in Spring. 5 CPD points are available for CIPR members who attended the October 2017 webinar. CMI members can claim the webinar as part of their CPD log. [Booking now closed]

Reports on events in 2016 and earlier in 2017 can be found in our news posts.

In 2015-2016, the LPS group carried out a number of focus groups and interviews with communicators in local public services, producing a research report ‘Influence for Impact. The full story.

Learnings from an event focusing on the ‘Future of Digital Engagement’ with leading communicators in this area Rob Brown FCIPR and Charlotte Beckett (2015).