Archives for January 15th, 1999

ACCOUNTABILITY THE KEY

Headlines, PublicNet: 15 January, 1999

Councils must provide efficient and effective public services that are more accountable to local people, says Local Government Minister Hilary Armstrong.Speaking during the second reading of the Local Government Bill, Ms Armstrong said: “This Bill puts local people in the driving seat for local government reform, giving them a bigger say and a better deal from councils.

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HEALTH DEPARTMENT PLEDGES TO LEAD ON OLD

Headlines, PublicNet: 15 January, 1999

The Department of Health will lead the Government’s support for the United Nations Year of Older Persons.One of the topics it and other Government departments will tackle is how all public organisations can be encouraged to understand and act on the changing needs of older people.

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MANAGEMENT DEVELOPMENT AS A CULTURAL CHANGE PROCESS

Abstracts, PublicNet: 15 January, 1999

Currie GThe International Journal of Public Sector Management, (UK), Vol 11 No 1 98. Start page: 7. No of pages: 20

Questions whether the generic approach of competence-based management development is appropriate in the UK’s National Health Service, presenting a study of a management development programme delivered in a medium-sized hospital trust (The Florence Hospital) aimed at assessing the success of management development intervention at bringing about a desired cultural change. Tracks the development of competence-based approaches to management education before outlining the programme design, process of delivery and outcomes of the Florence programme which was followed by 35 participants. Outlines the reasons for the programme’s failure. Contends that competence-based management development programmes are inappropriate to the diversity of activity found in the public sector in general, and suggests that the strategic framework should be flexible enough to accommodate the responses to change of any programme participant.

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