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.

Virtual Best Practice Day for Quality & Customer Experience

9th June 12:45-16:30

Join our free best practice day for members and others looking to keep up to date with the latest trends, learn about new approaches and network with professionals from other organisations or sectors. We will host this virtually on Zoom. 

This is the chance to meet and learn from all 6 finalists in the National Quality Best Practice Team Awards. Before the day, you get the chance to review short videos on YouTube, for all 6 teams. Then, on the day 
 - You get to talk to key players involved in making this happen, to draw out the learning and ask your own questions
 - We break into network groups, sharing experiences and digging deeper on key topics of interest 
 - We end the day by sharing key learning and learn about the issues we are working on, which can be the focus on future national networking events 

Best Practice in Quality & Improvement

w/c 13th July, Virtual learning with a face-to-face day in November

This course is for professionals, who want to make a tangible difference over the coming year, with robust frameworks for quality and improvement, based on proven methods.  Through the programme, you will:

- Learn how to put customer experience and quality at the heart of your operating model & culture.

- Understand how a fit-for-purpose monitoring & prioritisation framework can drive improvement and be able to apply this in your work.

- Learn how to drive powerful improvement, using data and feedback, for service recovery, process improvement and behavioural change.

- See what best practice looks like, with insight from practical examples, emerging trends and top tips, seeing how to avoid key pitfalls.

1-Day Feedback & Coaching for analysts

Date TBC

Learn techniques and explores coaching in the context of feedback and performance improvement as colleague, mentor or manager. After this course, you will;

  • Understand the role of feedback and be able to articulate best practice
  • Have developed and practised coaching skills
  • Know how to use coaching style questions to deliver feedback

1-Day Influencing Skills for Analysts & Managers

Date TBC

Learn how decisions are made, utilise behavioural preferences and identify the preferences of those we want to influence. After this course you will;

  • Understand the concept of influencing vs manipulation
  • Be able to apply social styles and six key principles to aid influencing
  • Appreciate how humans make decisions
  • Take away methods to try in the workplace

Free Webinar - 2020 Vision: Crystallising your knowledge Launch

Hosted on 27th April 2020 by Phil Anderson and Paul Smedley

2020 is The Forum’s 20th year and this year we want to look back on our first 20-years and think ahead for the next 20-years. Our vision, back in 2000, was and remains to raise standards in customer operations helping to set standards across Planning, Insight and Quality. Now, having established communities of best practice we can continue to raise standards and prepare for the future.

This year’s theme refers to the clarity and sharpness of vision required to purposely move forward towards your targets, goals and dreams. Whilst recognising the benefit of our fluid thinking over the past 20-years to crystallise our knowledge of best practice and standards.

 - “Purpose, Learning and Self-Awareness” Keynote from The Forum’s Phil Anderson
 - 2020 Best Practice Guide launch and chapter review
 - 2020 Best Practice Programme – how to get involved

Theme picker

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Upcoming modules

We have a wide range of virtual modules coming up.

Covid-19 Series

You have a community of support at The Forum. See the series of free webinars to help you through this unusual situation.


Customer Strategy & Planning 2020
28th & 29th September 2020
Learn first-hand from practitioners and business leaders who are delivering successful change.

National Conferences 2019
Catch up on the highlights
Annual conferences dedicated to the needs of their communities.

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