Archives for February 1999

BLUNKETT KEEPS MOMENTUM FOR EDUCATION REFORM

Headlines, PublicNet: 26 February, 1999

Education Secretary David Blunkett is pressing on with his bid to achieve the most far reaching reform of the education system for 50 years. He has written to Clive Booth, Chair of the Teacher Training Agency setting out work that has to be done quickly. The top priority is to develop a numeracy test for trainee teachers ready for piloting in the summer. Earlier work on teacher numeracy showed very low levels of competence. The test will have to strike a balance between the ideal level of competence and the reality of what is achievable.

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PRIMARY CARE MODERNISATION TAKES SHAPE

Headlines, PublicNet: 26 February, 1999

Primary Care Trusts may be given a budget of 60m pounds to commission
healthcare for their patients. This will allow them to shape hospital and community services for patients in their area and to invest in improving primary and community services provided by doctors, nurses and other local professionals. They will also be able to develop more integrated services between general practice, community services and social services.

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MANAGEMENT DEVELOPMENT IN THE BRITISH AND IRISH CIVIL SERVICES

Abstracts, PublicNet: 26 February, 1999

Seifert R, Tegg V
Journal of Management Development, (UK), 1998 Vol 17 No 9
Start page: 686. No of pages: 13

Studies the approach taken to management development in the British and Irish civil services, placing this in the context of the changes being made to the civil service in both countries. Assesses how management development is being used to support the ‘new public management’. Surveys middle managers in both the UK and Irish civil service about their knowledge of organizational policy on management development and their experience of how management development is linked to performance. Presents the findings of the survey, concluding that these indicate that there is a gap between policies and practice in the area of management development; that line managers have engaged in the process of setting objectives for the managers they are responsible for, but have failed to evaluate achievements in relation to these objectives; that the middle managers lack confidence in the strategic initiatives taking place within the civil services and that this may be due to the lack of time they are given to consider their own management development needs; and that middle managers appear to value management development more than their line managers. Outlines areas of further research.

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CIVIL SERVICE COLLEGE LAUNCHES NEW PROGRAMME

Headlines, PublicNet: 25 February, 1999

The Civil Service College Directory for 1999-2000 has been launched, with details of over 450 open and bespoke training and development programmes.
There are 69 new programme titles offering a comprehensive range of training and development opportunities to people in all disciplines, and at all levels, right across the wider public sector. The new programme reflects the Government’s commitment to administrative reform and is a response to the changing requirements of Departments, Agencies and other clients.

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LAWRENCE INQUIRY PUTS RACISM ON PUBLIC SECTOR AGENDA

Headlines, PublicNet: 25 February, 1999

Publication of the Report into the death of Stephen Lawrence has put racism on the public service agenda. The Race Relations Act will be extended to public sector organisations. Home Secretary Jack Straw said: “This is about the whole of British society, the public services within it and what we all must do to make sure these appalling events lead to a change in race relations within our society”. Stephen, 18, was fatally stabbed by white youths at a bus stop in south-east London in 1993. Nobody has been convicted of the murder

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CAMPAIGN TO FIND WOMENS’ ISSUES

Headlines, PublicNet: 24 February, 1999

Joined up government depends on getting a clear view of the issues that public bodies need to address. A campaign has been launched to find out which issues are of concern to the 24 million women in the UK.

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EURO GEAR CHANGE IMPACTS ON PUBLIC SECTOR

Headlines, PublicNet: 24 February, 1999

The Prime Minister has announced plans to speed up preparations for joining the single European currency. He stressed that the plans represent a change of gear and not a change of policy. To keep open the option of joining the currency preparations must start now and the National Changeover Plan sets out a range of work for different sectors. The speed up means that the period from a decision in a referendum to join the Euro to the withdrawal of sterling has been reduced to 3 years

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SOCIAL LANDLORDS TO HELP NEW DEAL FOR COMMUNITIES

Headlines, PublicNet: 23 February, 1999

The Government is consulting on plans to extend the permissible powers
of social landlords so that they can play a full part in bringing new life to their communities. The aim is to allow them to participate in wider social regeneration initiatives such as the New Deal for Communities. The extension would include providing amenities for people who were not tenants.

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CULTURAL CHANGE AT EMPLOYMENT SERVICE

Headlines, PublicNet: 23 February, 1999

The Employment Service has changed its culture for the better over the last 18 months said employment Minister David Blunkett. He was launching The Way Ahead a vision for the long term direction for the 1000 job centres and 35,000 staff.

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HSE PARTNERS TO SHARE OBJECTIVES AND WORKLOAD

Headlines, PublicNet: 22 February, 1999

The Health and Safety Commission has set out its view of what partnership
means with organisations such as employers, unions and insurers.

It says others have good health and safety practice high on their core
objectives, and by working together, all involved would be winners.

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