All MP’s Staff Q&A: Home Office/ Immigration

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Upcoming All MP’s Staff Q&A:Home Office/ Immigration

Time: 10:00 – 11:00
Date: Tuesday 13 September 2022
Venue: Online via Teams
Booking essential: Click this link to book

Due to high demand, we are hosting a further event with the Home Office.  We are lucky to be joined by Katie Shooter from the Home Office.  Katie will provide an update from her team and will be more than happy to answer your queries on how the Home Office process Immigration Applications.

This will be a Q&A session if you would like to submit a question, please email MST@parliament.uk , we will pass them to Katie on the day.

Time permitting, we will open the floor for additional questions.

Wellbeing – looking after yourself and others

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Caseworker Discussion Forum hosted by the Commons Library

The Library, in conjunction with the Members’ Services Team, is pleased to invite you to the Casework Discussion Forum which will take place virtually each month.

The next session is taking place on Thursday 18 August, 9:30-10:30am and will be on the topic of Wellbeing – looking after yourself and others. It will be chaired by Wendy Wilson from the Library.

The Forum will be complemented by a dedicated Teams chat which will allow you to share ideas and best practice, as well as support being on hand from the Library should specialist knowledge be required.

(Please note, you do not have to be a Caseworker to attend these sessions, they are open to any Members’ staff who handle casework.) 

If you have any questions, please contact MST@parliament.uk

Upcoming HR Familiarisation Sessions

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Learn about skills starting as an Office Manager

Office Manager – Getting Started Workshop for Members’ Staff

To book, please click this link Thursday 15 September 10-12 pm 

Course overview

This workshop focuses on the elements of an Office Manager’s role that relates to HR best practice. It provides an opportunity to build knowledge and get practical guidance from the Members’ HR Advice Services.

  • The Members HR Services team
  • Your role as an Office Manager for an MP
  • Recruitment
  • Running the office
  • Insurance
  • EAP (Employee Assistance Program)

PDS Summer Training Sessions

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DateTopicHow to sign up
Thursday 28 July 2pm
Cyber Security Briefing essential to understanding the risks and mitigations around cyber security for us all, both in and out of workRegistration form for webinar here
Friday 29 July 10amIntroduction to Microsoft Teamstips on using Teams as a tool to organise and communicate. Learn about chats, channels, calendar, calls and filesRegistration form for webinar here
Tuesday 2 August 11amAccessibility features demonstration from Microsoft Microsoft are running a session on how to use the inbuilt accessibility features on your Windows device and Microsoft365 applicationsEmail the Digital Service Accessibility Champions
Thursday 4 August 2pmIntroduction to SharePointtips on how to use SharePoint as a tool for creating, saving and collaborating on shared documentsRegistration form for webinar here

Friday 5 August 10amIntroduction to OneDrivetips on how to use OneDrive as a tool for individual work, document storage and remote access to personal filesRegistration form for webinar here
Thursday 11 August 2pmUsing Microsoft Outlook effectivelytips for managing your mailbox and getting the best out of available featuresRegistration form for webinar here
Friday 12 August 10amMicrosoft Plannerhow to use Planner to work collaboratively and manage team tasks, projects and work streams
Registration form for webinar here
Thursday 18 August 2pmIntroduction to Microsoft Teams tips on using Teams as a tool to organise and communicate. Learn about chats, channels, calendar, calls and filesSign up for webinar here
Friday 19 August 10amCyber Security Briefingessential to understanding the risks and mitigations around cyber security for us all, both in and out of workRegistration form for webinar here
Thursday 25 August 2pmIntroduction to OneDrivetips on how to use OneDrive as a tool for individual work, document storage and remote access to personal filesRegistration form for webinar here
Friday 26 August 10amIntroduction to SharePointtips on how to use SharePoint as a tool for creating, saving and collaborating on shared documentsRegistration form for webinar here
Thursday 1 September 2pmMicrosoft Plannerhow to use Planner to work collaboratively and manage team tasks, projects and work streamsRegistration form for webinar here
Friday 2 September 10amUsing Microsoft Outlook effectivelytips for managing your mailbox and getting the best out of available featuresRegistration form for webinar here

Grantfinder Training today – places available

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There are still places available on today’s Grantfinder training at 10:30 – 11:30am on MS Teams.

If you’d like to attend this morning’s session please contact Catrin Owens by 10:20am and she will make the booking for you.

Grantfinder is a database of funding sources including grants, loans and advisory schemes and can help you with funding requests from community groups, etc. It’s available via the Library website Resources for casework – House of Commons Library (parliament.uk) page.

Places are also available for the session on Thursday 28 July, from 14:00 – 15:00, also on MS Teams.

Housing Casework Forum – 21 July 2022

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The Library, in conjunction with the Members’ Services Team, is pleased to invite you to the Casework Discussion Forum which will take place virtually each month.

The next session is taking place on Thursday 21 July, 2-3pm and will be a Q&A session on the topic of Housing. It will be led by Wendy Wilson from the Library.

The Forum will be complemented by a dedicated Teams chat which will allow you to share ideas and best practice, as well as support being on hand from the Library should specialist knowledge be required.

(Please note, you do not have to be a Caseworker to attend these sessions, they are open to any Members’ staff who handle casework.)

If you have any questions, please contact MST@parliament.uk

To book, please visit ACT: https://parliament.learningpool.com/mod/facetoface/view.php?id=5177

Best Practice Guide on Whistleblowing – Guidance for MPs as Employers

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Following the recent publication of the Best Practice Guide on Whistleblowing (guidance for MPs as employers). The Members’ HR Team would like to invite you to join them for one of the upcoming familiarisation sessions that will provide information that sets out the way in which employees may raise a whistleblowing concern and how those concerns should be addressed.

The session will cover:

  • What is considered as a whistleblowing concern
  • How a whistleblowing disclosure is raised
  • The legal protection and requirements under whistleblowing law
  • The practical steps that should be taken to ensure a fair and thorough investigation

30 June, 9.30am https://parliament.learningpool.com/mod/facetoface/view.php?id=5192

28 July, 9.30am https://parliament.learningpool.com/mod/facetoface/view.php?id=5193

CPA Parliamentary Academy

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FREE, flexible online courses for all staff at the UK Parliament

Learn whenever, wherever with the CPA Parliamentary Academy

The CPA Parliamentary Academy is a learning hub for parliamentary staff and Members of Parliament, created by the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA).

Our online learning platform, available for free to anyone working in a Commonwealth Parliament, offers a curriculum of online courses on parliamentary democracy, from how the committee system works to constituency engagement.

At the CPA, we know how busy people working in Parliament are. That’s why we’ve designed courses that can be started, worked on, and completed at any time. No essays, no long exams, no uncomfortable exercises. Just log-in on your lunch hour, or whenever fits your schedule, and progress at your own pace.

Why learn with the CPA? Our courses can widen your horizons, transporting you around the Commonwealth to get the perspectives of people who are shaping the way Parliaments act and operate. More than 60 MPs, clerks and international experts have contributed video lessons, offering their personal insights on subjects ranging from gender-sensitive budgeting to codes of conduct.

Beyond our online courses, we also offer a variety of other professional development opportunities, publications and resources, and run regular events that are open to Members and staff across the Commonwealth.

To get started, register for the CPA Parliamentary Academy with your parliament.uk email address.

https://www.cpahq.org/parliamentary-academy/

To explore the CPA’s online library of publications, articles, podcasts and more, visit our Knowledge Centre:

https://www.cpahq.org/knowledge-centre/

To find out what events we’ve got coming up, check out our Events page:

https://www.cpahq.org/events/

Mental Health First Aid drop-in session for Members and Members’ staff

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Do you know how to support your own mental health and that of your team? Have you seen an increase in the number of constituents and colleagues who are presenting with mental health concerns and would you know where to signpost them if you needed to?

Organised by Tracey Crouch MP and the Members’ Services Team, Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) England will be hosting a taster morning in Attlee Suite from 9am-1pm on 19 May 2022 to explore what you need to support yours and others’ mental health and wellbeing.

See here for full details: https://intranet.parliament.uk/business-news/news-current-issues/news/2022/may/mental-health-first-aid-drop-in-session-for-members-and-members-staff/