Virtual & Regional Networking Groups

Our professional community is a unique, safe place to meet and share best practice. Join one of our free member networking events to discuss your challenges and explore new ideas with like-minded professionals. If you are not yet a member, you are welcome too. Please book ahead, as space is limited and they can fill up fast.

Book the virtual events listed below or contact us if you would like an event near you once travel restrictions are lifted. We have recently held events in Ireland, Scotland, NE and NW England, Yorkshire, London and the Midlands.


Confidence In Planning Transforms The Operation At Yorkshire Ambulance Service

Virtual Site Visit, 7th July 13:00

See how core planning principles have transformed the ambulance emergency service across Yorkshire, with great collaboration and leadership the key to gaining trust and making change possible. 

Summary 

The Ambulance Response Programme (ARP) has transformed patient response times through changes in resource utilisation for the 999 service. With the transformation team, Resource Planning stepped up to provide confidence in decisions, through implementing a planning cycle with patient care at the heart. 130 FTE efficiency was created by developing demand-led, end-to-end planning. The overtime strategy saved in excess of £2 million and all seven performance targets are now being met. Career development, important to colleagues, retains skills in a sector with key shortages. Furthermore, hearts and minds have been changed through accuracy of forecasts and engagement. Doors have opened up to further change. Planning is fully integrated within the Leadership Team and called on by other ambulance services for their own transformation programmes.

Customer Closeness & The ‘Advisor Of The Future’ At The Very Group

Virtual Site Visit, 8th July 13:00

See how end-to-end customer journey improvements worth half a million pounds have been delivered within a year, driven by advisors in the model office, using agile transformation methods. 

Summary
Located at The Very Group’s HQ, the Customer Closeness Centre (CCC) combines model office principles with agile methodology to detect, explore and fix problems, applying a ‘fail fast’ approach to test solutions, before implementing across the contact centres. Here, a specially-supported team of 14 Customer Experience Experts, hand-picked to challenge the status quo, rotate fortnightly between two complementary roles. In the Customer Zone, they handle the digital retailer’s calls/webchat at an exceptional performance level, share insight, and help model how the ‘advisor of the future’ might look. In the Agile Zone, a three-stage process goes from root cause through solution-build to implementation. In just 28 sprints, this approach has identified £2m+ in potential savings, driving £550k in benefits to date in areas including knowledge management and automation. 

Speech Analytics: Quality And Customer Experience At VitalityHealth

Virtual Site Visit, 9th July 13:00

See how successful implementation of analytics has transformed the contribution of Quality at Vitality, engaging colleagues and raising care scores up by a quarter, with a 13% drop in lapse rates.

Summary
A detailed view of customer experience is provided by 10 new scorecards, based on 100% sample, made possible by the successful automation of call scoring using CallMiner. This has already completed the equivalent of 20 years manual effort and audit fails are down 16%. A new governance process is developing the use of analytics in the business, with Quality, Coaching & Continuous Improvement coming together, in a value-add function, alongside planning. Programming of 260+ rules, based on over 750 key phrases, relied on the expertise of external consultants from Ember, who provide a managed service. In just 18 months this new Quality Framework, has been rolled out across four areas of the business, raising NPS by 8-18%, supporting a 4.5 Star rating on Trust Pilot and leading to being voted the best large centre and No.1 for voice contacts.

How Omni-Channel Transforms Customer Experience In Retail At Clarks

Virtual Site Visit, 22nd July 13:00

See how social media, CAI the Chatbot and a new digital platform are empowering advisors, delivering a dramatic improvement in customer satisfaction and future-proofing this 200-year old brand.

The team from Cirrus will share the story of how they worked with Clarks in this transformation.

Summary 
The digital team, and their technology partner Cirrus, have been a catalyst for radical changes at Clarks Shoes over the past 18 months. This has been transformational for both colleagues and customers – and opens up the brand in new ways to their global market. CAI, the chatbot, now takes 70% of incoming contact, half of them out of hours, resolving three quarters, with an 83% satisfaction rating. Fourteen systems have been combined into a unified desktop for advisors and data is captured across every touchpoint. As a result, the business can now listen to what customers want and colleagues feel they have a hand in owning the customer journey. Customer experience is handled in a measured way end-to-end, with a massive uplift in their independent Trust Pilot rating to 8.6 (Excellent). It’s a demonstration of how true supplier partnerships can power change in a receptive business. 

Virtual networking group for back office and processing operations

23rd July 13:30 – 15:00

This is  the change to meet others who are resource planning in these kind of operations, as part of our growing community of best practice, and explore new ideas with like-minded professionals.

 - How have your operations been impacted by COVID-19 and the lockdown?
 - How are you rising to the new challenges? How do we see the ‘new normal’ that may arise in the next phase?
 - Bring along other issues you would like to ask and we can discuss them or follow-up with more information after the group.

This is a free member event, but, if you are not yet a member, you are welcome too to this event.

This group follows our Virtual Site Visit on 25th June to see the transformation in the back office at Legal & General – come to both if you can!

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