Archives for May 9th, 2000

CHANGING THE NHS CULTURE

Headlines, PublicNet: 9 May, 2000

Plans have been announced to launch a third wave of Personal Medical Services pilots in April 2001. The 269 pilots already in operation provide innovative services which are changing the NHS culture.The pilots seek to reduce waiting times and to improve access and convenience. They provide minor surgery on site and sift referrals so that surgeons only see patients that require surgery. Pilots have also been set up to address problems such as difficulties in attracting GPs to particular areas and providing a service for homeless people and travelling families. Measures adopted by pilots include employing salaried GPs, setting up integrated primary health care teams and nurse led teams.

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CALL FOR COUNCILS TO WAKE-UP TO REGIONALISATION

Headlines, PublicNet: 9 May, 2000

The Local Government Association has urged councils to play an active role in the development of regionalisation, or face a loss of influence. The advice is based on the findings of a cross party panel of councillors chaired by Lord Deering. The panel received written and oral evidence from individuals, including local government minister Hilary Armstrong, as well as from organisations including the main political parties.The advent of Regional Development Agencies and the prospects for Regional Chambers have signalled a move towards greater regionalisation. In parallel with this trend Whitehall continues to maintain accountability for much spending at regional level. The panel concluded that there will be a move towards greater regionalisation and that unless councils get actively involved in developments, power will move away from the town hall and go to the appointees of central government.

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NEEDS ASSESSMENT IN PUBLIC POLICY

Book News, PublicNet: 9 May, 2000

Janie Percy-SmithNeed is increasingly used as the basis for the provision of a range of public services. This timely book examines the ways in which needs are assessed in relation to these services. It examines the theory and practice of needs assessment and presents a series of policy specific case studies where needs assessment are being used, including: health, housing, community care, legal aid and training.

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