Archives for January 24th, 2000

CIVIL SERVICE MISSES TARGET

Headlines, PublicNet: 24 January, 2000

Since 1996 the civil service has been working towards a target that by 2000 its many and varied organisations employing half a million people will receive Investors in People accreditation. The latest report from the Cabinet Office shows that as the new year started, bodies employing 80% of civil servants had secured accreditation.This shortfall has resulted mainly from under estimating the time required to complete the accreditation process, which in some cases was viewed as polishing up training and development arrangements. Securing recognition is much more fundamental and frequently requires a cultural change because it involves rethinking how the organisation and its people are managed. A particular difficulty which has proved time consuming is the requirement that people at all levels should be involved in how their departments’ and agencies’ policies and services are delivered.

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NURSE CONSULTANTS WANTED

Headlines, PublicNet: 24 January, 2000

Advertisements for 141 nurse consultant posts with salaries up to 42,000 pounds will appear shortly. The newly-created top grade posts will allow nurses to stay on the wards and in the community looking after patients. The new posts will create a significant new career opportunity and help to retain the most experienced and expert nurses, midwives and health visitors in the NHS. The move will also help to break down barriers between clinical professionals.The consultants will spend a minimum of 50 per cent of their time working directly with patients, ensuring that people using the NHS continue to benefit from the best nursing and midwifery skills. In addition, they will be responsible for developing professional practice, being involved in research and evaluation and contributing to education, training and development.

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EXAMINING THE VALUE FOR MONEY DEALS UNDER PFI

Book News, PublicNet: 24 January, 2000

Public Finance Initiative contracts with a capital value of around 13b pounds have been let and many more projects are under development. This National Audit Office report explains how the audit methodology for examining value for money deals under the Private Finance Initiative will help those developing PFI projects. It describes an analytical framework which provides for a rigorous, comprehensive and logical approach for examining PFI deals. The framework sets out a series of questions which should be capable of being answered “yes” or “no”. Starting with the top level question “was this a good deal?” it then sets out a range of subsidiary questions which cover each of the key aspects of developing a PFI project.Report available from the Stationery Office Ltd. HC 739 1998/99.

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