Archives for November 26th, 1999

SHARING AND LEARNING IN HEALTH SERVICE

Headlines, PublicNet: 26 November, 1999

The drive to modernise the health service has moved forward with a project to share good practice. The NHS Beacon scheme launched earlier in the year, has identified 290 Beacons covering general practice, waiting lists and times, and mental health. The Beacons are star performers and they will share their expertise with colleagues. They have been funded to allow them to provide visitor guides and to mount at least three interactive learning activities each year.The scheme has gone live and health service staff can find out from a new website www.nhsbeacons.org.uk  which Beacon best suits their need. They can search the website by the name of the Beacon, by key area, or by key text. Following a request for a visit they will receive a letter acknowledging their request within two days and within three weeks a visitor pack will be sent to them.

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COUNCILS FAILURE TO LISTEN UNDERMINES BEST VALUE

Headlines, PublicNet: 26 November, 1999

Many councils have failed to listen to council tax payers in devising their plans for Best Value. This is one of the findings to emerge from research by the Department for Transport Environment and Regions which shows that citizens are likely to get a poor deal from Best Value.The new duty laid on councils to deliver best value requires them to produce plans by March 2000 showing how they will do this. The researchers found little evidence that the public had been consulted in the planning process. The exception was the London Borough of Hackney’s feedback exercise: ‘put your mouth where your money is’.

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