Archives for August 9th, 2000

BREAKING THE BARRIER OF UPWARD COMMUNICATION

Book News, PublicNet: 9 August, 2000

Green T B, Knippen J TShows how essential it is to the success of both public and private organizations, for employees to get their ideas up the ladder and into the hands of the decision makers. Outlines more than 40 specific upward communication needs and offers a structure that ensures the movement of ideas upward actually takes place. Provides concrete advice for executives, managers and employees alike, and is especially important for human-resource specialists

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JOINED UP BUDGETS TO FREE HOSPITAL BEDS

Headlines, PublicNet: 9 August, 2000

The NHS Plan, published last month, aims to break down the old divisions between health and social services so that patients receive a seamless service tailored to their particular need. The Plan has been followed by the announcement that a 63 million pound budget is being made available for joint use by health and social services in the coming winter to bridge the gap between hospital and home and speed up patients’ discharge from hospital. It is expected that this will free up much needed hospital beds quickly, allowing other patients in greater need of direct hospital care to be treatedThe money will be used for patients who no longer need hospital care but are not quite well enough to care for themselves at home without support . The ‘step down’ care will be provided in hospitals, private nursing homes and in the patient’s home.

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JOINING UP TREATMENT OF OFFENDERS BRINGS CULTURE CLASH

Headlines, PublicNet: 9 August, 2000

The approach of tackling re-offending on both sides of the prison gate has had limited success and renewed effort is now being applied to the process. The overlap in the work of the Prison and Probation services has not been exploited as it might have been because the two services have quite different cultures and diverse priorities. Any attempt to introduce a unified approach to re-offending is consequently a major challenge.The latest initiative is a drive to bring the respective inspection bodies closer together. The drive was launched with the issue of a consultation document:- Inspecting the Work of the Prison and Probation Services: Options for the Future. It sets out a range of ideas on how the two inspectorates might work more closely together. Consultations ends on 31 October 2000.

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