Archives for July 31st, 2000

PERFORMANCE APPRAISAL IN AN NHS HOSPITAL

Abstracts, PublicNet: 31 July, 2000

Redman T, Snape E, Thompson D, Yan F KHuman Resource Management Journal, (UK), 2000 Vol 10 No 1

Start page: 48. No of pages: 15

Summarizes the reasons why performance appraisal has been introduced in the UK National Health Service (NHS) and the doubts that have been cast on its efficacy. Presents a case study of the use of Individual Performance Review (the current approach to performance appraisal within the NHS) at a major health care trust, describing how the performance appraisal system is used within the trust and exploring the experience of 23 line managers and professionals as both appraiser and appraisee. Reports the appraisees’ perceptions of the system, looking at the areas covered in the appraisal interviews; the role taken by supervisors; the clarity of the performance feedback and goal setting; and the fairness of the system. Also reports the assessments of both appraisers and appraisees of the impact of performance appraisal on management control, employee motivation, training and development, and rewards. Identifies a number of problems within the performance appraisal system, particularly highlighting the problems associated with linking performance appraisal to pay. However, also identifies a number of strengths and concludes that the Individual Performance Review should continue to have an important role in the NHS’ human resource management practices.

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JUSTICE BY VIDEO LINK

Headlines, PublicNet: 31 July, 2000

Video conference links are being installed in the courts to speed the justice process, reduce costs and minimise inconvenience. The latest development is a pilot project which has set up links from courts in Cardiff and Leeds to the High Court in London. This will allow applications for permission to appeal to be heard without face to face contact.The scope is to be extended to allow people involved in any civil case at the pilot courts to choose to give evidence or make submissions via video-link. It will also provide for court hearings dealing with divorcing couples’ financial arrangements to be heard via video-link. The links will also be used to test other uses of video conferencing in civil, criminal, High Court and tribunal cases.

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TASK FORCE TO REVIEW LOCAL GOVERNMENT PROCUREMENT

Headlines, PublicNet: 31 July, 2000

A task force, which will include people with experience of procurement in both the public and private sectors, is to look at current practice and develop practical ways to improve procurement within local government and the best value framework. It is jointly sponsored by the Department for Environment Transport and Regions and the Local Government Association. The report is due in Spring 2001.The review will cover the procurement of goods, works and services. It will look at the role of modern procurement practice in delivering best value. It is expected to recommend practical measures which local authorities can take to secure real benefits to local people from efficient and effective procurement.

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