Archives for November 1998

NEW TARGETS ON HEART DISEASE

Headlines, PublicNet: 30 November, 1998

Proposals for rigorous new national standards for quality and consistency in the treatment of heart disease have been announced by the Health Department.The proposed standards are outlined in the Emerging Findings Report from the Expert ReferenceGroup which is drawing up the new National Service Framework on coronary heart disease.

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MONEY TO KICK-START NEW PARTNERSHIP

Headlines, PublicNet: 30 November, 1998

THE Local Government Association, Further Education Funding Council and Training and Enterprise Council have all welcomed David Blunkett’s announcement of twenty five million pounds to kick start a new partnership fund to develop post-16 education and training.The groups came together to end unecessary duplication and competition in the sector. They will now be calling on local organisations to co-ordinate partnerships in their own areas and bid for some of the cash.

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A CULTURE OF CONFLICT

Abstracts, PublicNet: 30 November, 1998

Lewis D S, French E, Steane PLeadership & Organization Development Journal, (UK), Vol 18 No 6 97Start page: 275. No of pages: 8

Uses one component of organizational culture, conflict, to consider how culture affects organizational performance, arguing that this will not depend on the strength of the culture, but on the mix and weightings of its components. Examines the effect of conflict on organizational culture and performance by reporting a consultancy carried out at a non-profit church organization based in Brisbane, Australia. Assesses the potential value and disadvantage of different types of conflict within an organization, including non-profit organizations. Concludes, in this case, that conflict had become the dominant feature of the organization’s culture, and though unrecognized, was the source of the organization’s management problems, creating a paralysis within the organization.

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STRATEGIC VIEW SCORES

Headlines, PublicNet: 27 November, 1998

Sports Minister Tony Banks today outlined the Government’s new strategic attitude to sport, with the announcement of a framework for a sports policy strategy to be published next year.The new strategy will concentrate on improving access to both facilities and quality coaching, achieving better health through activity and lifelong learning through sport.

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NHS BILL TOO BIG ?

Headlines, PublicNet: 27 November, 1998

The scale, pace, cost and management complexity of delivering the NHS modernisation agenda is being underestimated, claims the NHS Confederation.Describing the NHS Bill outlined in the Queen’s Speech as tough and radical, chief executive Stephen Thornton said: “Expectations of how the modernisation agenda can be delivered must be checked – its radicalism has been underestimated in many quarters.

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EVALUATION OF RISK MANAGEMENT IN PUBLIC SECTOR

Abstracts, PublicNet: 27 November, 1998

Baldry DInternational Journal of Project Management, (UK), Feb 98 (16/1)Start page: 35. No of pages: 7

Looks at the way in which the public sector in the UK changed during the 1980s and 1990s with the emergence of Executive Agencies and new inter-organizational relationships based on the private sector model. Points out how risk for commercial organizations can be measured in monetary terms, but the risks for public sector activities are different and arise from problems such as veto by higher authority, no financial reward for success and risk impacts being felt beyond finance by operational disturbance and loss of amenities. Considers the part played by stakeholders and the effects of the different methods of procurement. Looks at why the public sector cannot distribute much of its financial risk over a range of other parties as is done by the private sector, and the problems that arises from loss of the experience of past projects when much activity is outside the public sector.

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MANDELSON HEADS THE US CHARGE

Headlines, PublicNet: 26 November, 1998

The importance of working smarter, not just harder, has been underlined by the Trade Secretary’s launch of a new programme to help small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) who have innovative products or services to sell to the US market.Export USA aims to equip companies with the skills – particularly in the field of marketing – to enable them to succeed in the US. Those companies accepted on the programme will be offered mentoring from a named DTI officer based in the USA, a tailored marketing course at a university business school looking specifically at working the US market and a visit to a relevant US trade fair or conference.

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GOVERNMENT WARNED OVER HEALTH IT

Headlines, PublicNet: 26 November, 1998

The Government’s drive towards hi-tech, high quality National Health Service risks failure unless lessons are learned from mistakes of the Conservative era, according to a new report from the Institute for Public Policy Research.According to the report, the Conservative Government’s IT strategy failed because it was technology rather than problem driven and because it was dictated by the administrative needs of the internal market. It failed to take account of safety and privacy issues, and it excluded clinicians and other users from a role in IT development.

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TRUST AND CONTRACTS – RELATIONSHIPS IN LOCAL GOVERNMENT, HEALTH SERVICE AND PUBLIC SERVICES

Book News, PublicNet: 26 November, 1998

Andrew CoulsonThis is a book about trust – in public services, in military leaders, in politicians – between regulators and those they regulate. It sets out to stimulate creative thought and aims to influence managers, not in the sense that they trust regardless, but as an incentive to examine their practice, and that of their organisations, to see how trust might lead to more efficiency and to a greater involvement of ordinary citizens in the services they use.

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QUEEN’S SPEECH SETS AGENDA

Headlines, PublicNet: 25 November, 1998

Yesterday’s Queen’s Speech continued the agenda of change for managers across the public sector. Though much of the initial attention was on the constitutional reform planned for the House of Lords, the Government was keen to play up its continued attention to reforms it believes are of more relevance to the public.Among the 22 bills, the most detail emerging is on the Welfare Reform Bill. This will introduce stakeholder pensions, provisions for pension sharing for divorcing couples, create a single gateway to the benefit system for those of working age, introduce reforms to provision for people with disabilities or long-term illnesses and reform benefits for widows and widowers.

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