Archives for November 15th, 1999

SPOTLIGHT ON NON MEDICAL EDUCATION

Headlines, PublicNet: 15 November, 1999

Efforts to get better value from the money spent on non medical education and training are being hampered by a lack of information. There is no price tag because the cost is unknown. The Audit Commission has suggested that the figure is: “more then 1b pounds”.Health Authorities and Trusts are set to launch local audits in the autumn of next year to find out what resources are being committed to education and training. Armed with this information they will then look at how training and education is lined up with business plans, health improvement programmes and national policy and how efficiency and effectiveness can be improved.

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DEATH BLOW TO RISK AVERSE CULTURE

Headlines, PublicNet: 15 November, 1999

A radical shift in public service culture has been signalled by the National Audit Office. The Modernising government White paper published in March 1999 described the aspiration of ministers that the deeply embedded risk averse culture would give way to a more innovative approach, but this is the first indication that change is actually on the way.The NAO has given a commitment that it will support well thought through risk taking and experimentation. Although the statement relates to research establishments and the commercial exploitation their activities, the move is a strong signal to central government organisations that carefully evaluated risk is OK. The NAO also makes it clear that this line is also being taken by the Public Audit Forum which represents audit and inspection bodies throughout the UK.

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