Archives for July 18th, 2000

SKILLS SHORTAGE THREATENS E-GOVERNMENT

Headlines, PublicNet: 18 July, 2000

The target to deliver all government services electronically by 2005 could be jeopardised by a shortage of e-business skills. One feature of the problem is that no one knows the overall picture of what skills are available. In a move to get this information the Cabinet Office has issued a toolkit which allows departments to identify the level of skills currently available to them.The toolkit is based on the Skills Framework for the Information Age which has been developed by a consortium of companies, government and professional bodies, under the management of the IT National Training Organisation. The framework lists the jobs that exist in the information and communication technologies and the skills required to perform them. Users of the toolkit work through a series of questions which identify existing skills and reveal where further development is needed to take forward e-business strategies.

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HEALTH SERVICE LEADS IN EMPOWERING PEOPLE

Headlines, PublicNet: 18 July, 2000

The NHS is leading the public sector towards greater openness by publishing performance information about local health and social care on the Internet. The information, which will be available by the end of the year, will include quantity and quality indicators. There will be details of patient waiting lists as well as death rates and patient emergency re-admission details. This information will supplement the high level performance indicators which currently are only available at Health Authority and Trust level.Setting out information at the local level in the way proposed is following the trend set in the Government’s Annual Report. Visitors to www.annualreport.gov.uk  can insert a postcode and see high level performance information for the locality. Some information at this level is also available at www.upmystreet.com   where data such as the performance of schools and crime clear up rates are set out by postcode.

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