Archives for October 13th, 2000

NEW HYMN SHEET FOR PUBLIC SECTOR IT SYSTEMS

Headlines, PublicNet: 13 October, 2000

The IT systems of central and local government, the health service and non departmental public bodies will now have to use the same ‘standards’ hymn sheet to make sure they can talk to each other. For example they will all have to describe names and addresses in exactly the same way. The standards are set out in the e-Government Interoperability Framework (e-GIF) which is available at www.citu.gov.uk   The main feature of e-GIF, which it is expected will become the international standard for public services, is the adoption of the Internet and World Wide Web standards .The urgent need for standards was highlighted by the announcement that Valerie Shawcross, the recently appointed e-envoy for London, will start on the development of an e-strategy next month. The vision that the strategy will be expected to deliver is a London regional portal through which electronic services can be offered to the citizen. Delivery of the strategy will require that the IT systems of the Greater London Authority, 33 London boroughs, central government departments and health service organisations can all talk to each other.

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HEALTH CHIEF APPOINTMENT SETS SEAL ON NEW STYLE MANAGEMENT

Headlines, PublicNet: 13 October, 2000

The appointment of Nigel Crisp as head (Permanent Secretary) of the Department of Health and Chief Executive of the NHS Executive puts in place the final piece of the jigsaw in the new approach to managing the UK health service. In this dual role he will manage 1 million staff and a 50 billion pound budget. He was formerly regional NHS director for London.The roles of departmental head and chief executive have been amalgamated to align with the creation of a Modernisation Board which has the job of driving forward the 10 year NHS Plan. Implementation of the Plan will be spearheaded by 10 new task forces.

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