Officer Development Programme 2020/21

Officer Development Programme 2020/21

The Government Health and Safety Lead (GHSL) has partnered with the Institute of Directors (IoD) to offer a new Officer Development Programme, designed for public service agency senior leaders with officer responsibilities under the Health and Safety at Work Act 2015 (HSWA).  

Programme Overview

The 6-month professional development programme includes 8 hours of structured training (a customised IoD Advanced Health and Safety course, delivered in 4 x 2-hour modules), supplemented by ongoing support and access to materials, resources, tools and case studies.   Optional coaching support can be provided at an additional cost.

All course and resource content has been tailored for the public service, recognising that officers are also senior leaders with leadership responsibilities for health and safety.  

The programme is available to GHSL member agencies at a heavily discounted rate.  

Structured Training

Content from the IoD Directors’ Advanced Health and Safety course has been tailored to meet the specific needs of the public service.

The following topics are covered across four, two-hour modules. Each topic will be explored with a governance focus but with consideration as to how the topic may be viewed through different lenses (governance, leadership, management) in a public sector environment:  

  • Managing, leading and governing Health & Safety – an overview of the three roles and perspectives. Includes leadership behaviours and practices. Recap on the scope of PCBU duties. Bringing it to life –practical application i.e. meeting structures, reporting, questions that should be asked, using the three lenses of governance, leadership and management.
  • Health and Safety Risk management. Risk landscape (acute, chronic and catastrophic), risk assessment methodologies, implementing effective prevention and mitigation controls, controls assurance (3 lines of defense), risk tolerance, owning your risk matrix, alignment with Enterprise Risk Management.
  • Overlapping duties and understanding the complexity and challenge of identifying and managing them (particularly thinking about the public sector’s wider role in policy setting, standard setting, system ownership/funding)
  • Monitoring what matters – setting meaningful KPIs, data, insights, reporting and information management systems – this module references the Business Leaders’ Health and Safety Forum guide “Monitoring What Matters”.

Course Dates

All programmes commencing in 2020 are now full, but we are taking expressions of interest in order to set dates for our 2021 programme – please email to confirm your interest.