CIPR Local Public Service Group call for crisis experts to join virtual advisory group

The Chartered Institute of Public Relations' (CIPR) Local Public Services Group is calling for UK public sector crisis experts to join a virtual advisory group.

The advisory group will be made up of experts not working directly on COVID-19 with the aim to horizon scan, assess sentiment and advise where gaps are appearing in local public service messaging as well as provide a source of advice and support for those dealing with messaging on the frontline.

The Group are looking for volunteers from anyone who; 

  • Is a CIPR Chartered Practitioner and/or has completed the CIPR Diploma in Crisis Communication
  • Has experience of local public services communications such as council, fire, police, local health or environment agency
  • Has experience of dealing with a long running health crisis or other crisis such as ebola, foot and mouth, swine flu or flooding
  • Has experience of engaging with communities, especially online.

To register your interest email with an outline of your experience.

Kerry Sheehan Chart.PR, FCIPR, CIPR Artificial Intelligence Chair
We are moving into a different phase of the COVID-19 crisis in the UK. As well as amplifying the public health emergency and economic messaging, local public services need to act to show leadership in their communities on the ground, to reassure people how local services will be delivered and identify what help is available to support vulnerable people, as well as businesses locally.
Kerry Sheehan Chart.PR, FCIPR, CIPR Artificial Intelligence Chair
Amanda Pearse Chart.PR, FCIPR, President-Elect for 2020
We know that for many local public service communicators, especially those working in small teams, times are tough. This type of crisis is not the shorter, one-off or multi-agency major incident followed by recovery phase which people are more familiar with. This is about the ongoing and prolonged, public health and economic emergency and, when we get to it - and we don't know when that will be, the crisis recovery. This is why we are putting together an expert advisory group who can help give effective guidance and act as a sounding board.
Amanda Pearse Chart.PR, FCIPR, President-Elect for 2020
  • CIPR’s Local Public Services Group have produced a list of links and resources relating to Coronavirus. Information from the official sources can assist communications practitioners working in the local public sector and other fields.
  • For more on CIPR's support for members during the coronavirus outbreak visit this page.

About the Chartered Institute of Public Relations (CIPR)

Founded in 1948, the Chartered Institute of Public Relations (CIPR) is the Royal Chartered professional body for public relations practitioners in the UK and overseas. The CIPR is the largest membership organisation for PR practitioners outside of North America. By size of turnover and number of individually registered members, we are the leading representative body for the PR profession and industry in Europe.

The CIPR advances professionalism in public relations by making its members accountable to their employers and the public through a code of conduct and searchable public register, setting standards through training, qualifications, awards and the production of best practice and skills guidance, facilitating Continuing Professional Development (CPD), and awarding Chartered Public Relations Practitioner status (Chart.PR).