Archives for November 2000

NEW TREND TO BUYING IN MANAGEMENT DEVELOPMENT

Headlines, PublicNet: 30 November, 2000

Following the announcement that Leeds University is to provide a leadership programme for 32,000 nurses, midwives and health visitors, Customs and Excise has announced a management development deal with Manchester Business School. The School will provide a three phase executive development programme for its senior regional managers.The Chairman of Customs & Excise, Richard Broadbent, who was recruited from the private sector earlier in the year, ordered a fundamental overhaul of the Department’s Human Resource systems. The executive development programme is one of the outcomes supporting the creation of an active management culture to enable managers to operate professionally and decisively and to eradicate unnecessary reliance on process. The challenge of the programme is to move management thinking away from relying on detailed regulations which prescribe how tasks should be performed and to create an innovative climate throughout the management chain.

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ELECTRONIC HEALTH LIBRARY LAUNCHED

Headlines, PublicNet: 30 November, 2000

A pilot version of the National electronic Library for Health is now available at http://www.nhs.uk/nelh  The library, which has been designed primarily for doctors and other professionals, will also be open for patients to read information about medicine and health. It is planned to link the service through the NHS Direct Online website so that more patients can gain easy access.The Cochrane Library and Clinical Evidence database are the main components of the Library. Under a licensing agreement they can be accessed by NHS staff, students and service providers in England. An extension of the agreement to all Higher Education and Further Education staff and students is likely in the near future. Patients will have to pay an annual subscription to gain access. Authorised users will also be able to access the library from home in the near future.

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MANAGING DEVELOPMENT IN A ERA OF RADICAL CHANGE

Abstracts, PublicNet: 30 November, 2000

Doyle MJournal of Management Development, (UK), 2000 Vol 19 No 7

Start page: 579. No of pages: 21

Explores the extent to which management development is considered as a strategic tool for developing both managers and their organizations. Examines evidence from a number of studies that are critical of management development thinking and practice. Highlights the problems caused by increasingly complex organizational systems and discontinuous change. Argues that there needs to be a focus on managing development ‘in context’ rather than an emphasis on providing formalized training or education. Notes the prioritization of management development in the UK as it is given an increasingly strategic role. Identifies the negative influences undermining the efficacy of development strategies. Addresses the need to establish positive reinforcing loops to sustain development activity and outlines a new perspective for management development.

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CREATING EFFECTIVE TEAMS

Book News, PublicNet: 29 November, 2000

Wheelan S ADescribes how work groups become teams. Includes no jargon, no references – only the author’s research-based experience. Explores how teams in organizations need to be supported through creating expectations of success, setting clear expectations, valuing quality and service, attention to detail and valuing team recommendation and rewarding team performance. Presents four stages of team development: dependence and inclusion, counterdependence and fight, trust and structure and work and productivity. Challenges team members not to blame others for team problems, encourage the process of goal, role and task clarification, encourage the adoption of an open communication structure where all members’ input and feedback are heard, promote an appropriate ratio of task and supportive communication, promote effective problem-solving and decision-making procedures, establish norms which support productivity, innovation and freedom of expression, promote the use of effective conflict management strategies, go along with norms which promote group effectiveness and productivity, network with other groups, and support the leader’s efforts to facilitate group goal achievement. Challenges the domination of the myth of the charismatic team leader and focuses on some of the core activities of leading teams through the different stages of team development. Shows how the stages of team development can be managed. Constitutes a book that both managers and team members will use.

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CITY WIDE NETWORK GIVES ACCESS TO LEARNING

Headlines, PublicNet: 29 November, 2000

Leeds City Council has launched a learning network to connect schools, libraries, museums and learning centres to a range of educational resources. It is planned to connect over 400 locations to the network by 2002. This includes some 300 schools and more than 100,000 students. Longer term plans include extending the network to hospitals and nursing homes. The technology has been provided by BT Syncordia Solutions, the e-business and communications unit of BT.The network allows students to explore specific Intranet sites hosting content created by skilled educationalists with contributions from local libraries and museums, as well as to gain filtered access to the Internet. Students will have their own e-mail addresses and be able to e-mail homework to their teachers and take part in collaborative online projects with other schools. Later, videoconferencing services will be installed so that students can share in special interest subjects and vocational courses that might not be available at their school.

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KEY ROLE FOR PUBLIC SECTOR IN BLUEPRINT FOR RURAL PROSPERITY

Headlines, PublicNet: 29 November, 2000

The success of the five point action plan to revitalise England’s rural areas will depend to a large extent on how well public services meet expectations. The Plan, set out in a White Paper ‘A Fair Deal for Rural England’ was unveiled by Deputy Prime Minister John Prescott.The White Paper, which has taken two years to prepare, contains new initiatives and also pulls together measures and spending plans already announced. New elements include proposals for improving access to health in rural areas. There will be one hundred projects piloting video and telelinks between patients in primary health centres with specialists at remote locations. The new health centres will include mobile units. The National Health Plan, announced in July 2000, already provides for additional resources to support more local intermediate care, including cottage hospitals, quicker ambulance response times and dentistry.

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MORE PUBLIC SECTOR JOBS GO ONLINE

Headlines, PublicNet: 28 November, 2000

A new service has been launched to meet the temporary placement market in the public sector. Publictemps (www.publictemps.co.uk) provides a market place for local councils, health trusts and housing associations looking for people with particular skills, to meet people offering themselves for short term contracts. The service is currently limited to skills in IT, finance, audit and management, but it will be extended to other areas.From the vacancies and CVs databases recruiters and job seekers can match their requirements. Job seekers registering their CVs will receive a service which includes negotiation of contract rates with the employer and arrangement of interviews. To limit the risk of current employers discovering that their staff are seeking a contract elsewhere, all CVs on the database will be anonymous and the names of current and previous employers will be replace by a description of the organisation.

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LEADERSHIP STRATEGY FOR HEALTH SERVICE

Headlines, PublicNet: 28 November, 2000

The NHS has launched a strategy to develop leadership in the nursing midwifery and health visiting professions as part of the transformation of the health service. The leadership training programme will be expanded and an additional 219 new Nurse Consultant posts will be created. There are currently 232 nurse consultants who help retain experienced and expert nurses, strengthen clinical practice, and improve quality and services in the NHS.This new approach to leadership development is part of a complete rethink of management systems and processes, which is necessary to deliver the radical transformation required by the 10 year NHS Plan.

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TROUBLESHOOTER FOR COUNCILS

Headlines, PublicNet: 27 November, 2000

A leading council chief executive has been appointed a trouble-shooter to help local councils pull back from the brink of failure.Ted Cantle, who has been chief executive of Nottingham City Council for ten years is to become associate director of the Improvement and Development Agency’s (IDeA) performance support unit from April 2001.

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NHS COSTS REPORT TO DRIVE VFM

Headlines, PublicNet: 27 November, 2000

The government has a new weapon to drive efficiency in the NHS in the shape of National Reference Costs 2000 for each NHS Trust in England.These show latest information on the variation in costs of treatment in different NHS Trusts.

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