Archives for July 28th, 2000

SLOW PROGRESS IN JOINING UP TO FIGHT CRIME

Headlines, PublicNet: 28 July, 2000

Although there is a general recognition that the police need support from other public services and the voluntary sector in the fight against crime, there has been slow progress in implementing a joined-up strategy in the two years since legislation was introduced. This is a principal finding from the annual report of HM Inspector of Constabulary. For the first time this inspection was supported by teams from other parts of the public sector.The report highlights the lack of an integrated approach at the national level with limited co-ordinated approaches between different government departments. Ministerial portfolios do not include the prevention of crime and disorder and there is a recommendation that they should do so. Local partnerships are also moving slowly with integration of effort. There is a recommendation that they should encourage the active involvement of the private and voluntary sectors and community leaders and increase joint working at all levels.

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MASSIVE CHANGE MANAGEMENT TASK FACING HEALTH SERVICE

Headlines, PublicNet: 28 July, 2000

The NHS Plan announced by Prime Minister Tony Blair sets out a blueprint for changing the culture of the health service over a number of years. Possibly the most important culture change lever is the shift in the balance of power. There will be empowerment for patients which will go well beyond making it simpler and easier to complain. It is claimed that the Plan is designed round patients and giving them a voice will ensure that the services progressively become more patient centred and more responsive to the changing needs. Experience elsewhere in the public sector shows that customer oriented services take a long time to develop with many factors hampering progress.Power will also move from the centre to professionals on the ground, but only to those who perform well. This is described as ‘earned autonomy’. This power shift will be based on establishing a National Service Framework of standards to which all Trusts will have to conform. The aim is to give people on the ground the freedom to innovate and find new solutions to local problems whilst maintaining or improving quality.

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