Archives for July 26th, 2000

SUPERVISION IN THE HELPING PROFESSIONS

Book News, PublicNet: 26 July, 2000

By Peter Hawkins and Robin ShohetThis is an essential book for supervisors across the helping professions which explores the purposes, models and different forms of supervision. It also addresses the needs of staff and examines how they can become more able in getting the support and supervision they need.

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DEFENCE RESEARCH PRIVATISATION TONED DOWN

Headlines, PublicNet: 26 July, 2000

The plan to privatise almost the whole of the Defence Evaluation and Research Agency has been modified following the criticism from many stakeholders. About a quarter of the Agency will remain within the Ministry of Defence. The remainder will be turned into a private sector company under a Public Private Partnership arrangement.The retained organisation will be made up from the most sensitive areas of work including the Chemical and Biological Defence Sector at Porton Down. It will also retain key functions for translating the results of defence science and technology research into the procurement programme, research at the defence systems level and management of international research collaboration. It will be sufficiently large to offer rewarding careers for scientists within MOD and the wider Civil Service.

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PUBLIC SECTOR TRAILING IN COMMITMENT TO E-BUSINESS

Headlines, PublicNet: 26 July, 2000

The public sector is not responding to the challenge of e-business as quickly as companies in the private sector. The National Computing Centre’s Annual Survey of IT users found that under 10% of the government, health and education users are fully committed to implementing electronic commerce systems. This contrasts with distribution and finance where almost 80% of companies are fully committed to implementing e-business systems.The primary force driving developments in the private sector is the impact on commercial relationships, whilst in the public sector it is central directives. Neither sector view new technology as providing opportunities for new ways of doing things.

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