All MPs’ Staff Q&A Session: Home Office Update

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Time: 14:00 – 15:00
Date: Tuesday 10 January 2023
Location: Online

We are lucky to be joined by Katie Shooter from the Home Office who will provide an update from her team.


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.

This session is open only to parliamentary intranet users. Please click here to register:
https://parliament.learningpool.com/mod/facetoface/view.php?id=5413

All Staff Q&A Session – Intranet Replacement Project Update

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Intranet Replacement Project Update

Time: 10:15 – 11:00
Date: Thursday 1 December 2022
Location: MS Teams

Please join Becky Clarke and Angy El-Mandouh for an online show and tell session on the new intranet project.  They will update you on the work done so far and showcase some initial designs. This will be followed by a Q&A session, giving you the opportunity to ask any questions.

Please click here to register: https://parliament.learningpool.com/mod/facetoface/view.php?id=5411
please note that this is only available to parliamentary intranet users

Supporting Suicidal Callers

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Join us to learn how to deal with a caller who is talking about suicide.

We are very lucky to be joined by Lorraine Khalaf from the NHS who will be able to share her insight on how to deal with suicidal callers and how to support yourself and your colleagues when dealing with this type of caller.

This event will comprise of a presentation from Lorraine followed by a Q&A session.

We would love to hear from you ahead of the event, so if you have any questions you’d like answering, please email MST@parliament.uk and we will pass these to Lorraine to answer on the day

These sessions will take place on

10 October 2022 – 15:00-16:00
26 October 2022 – 15:00-16:00

Please book via ACT on the Parliamentary Intranet – you must have a network account in order to access this training. https://parliament.learningpool.com/mod/facetoface/view.php?id=5338

Q&A on devolved and reserved matters

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Commons Library Casework Discussion Forum

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 September forum is taking place on Thursday 22 September, 2-3pm and will be a Q&A on devolved and reserved matters. It will be chaired by Wendy Wilson from the Library, with David Torrance, the Library’s subject specialist on devolution.

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

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