Archives for June 2001

HEALTH CARE ON TV

Headlines, PublicNet: 29 June, 2001

Fifty thousand people are going to be able to consult NHS Direct by television this summer.As part of a pilot digital TV project, they will be able to book appointments with their GPs, access general and local health information, and even speak to NHS Direct nurses on screen.

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BEST VALUE PROCUREMENT

Headlines, PublicNet: 29 June, 2001

Joint DLTR/LGA research has produced a ‘state of the nation’ report on how well local government is performing in its procurement practices.It concludes that while local authorities are well-practised at buying in bulk items like stationery, they are less well-equipped to order in sensitive services such as social care provision.

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CHANGE MANAGEMENT: THE 5 STEP ACTION KIT

Book News, PublicNet: 28 June, 2001

Colin RyeThe book gives a brief overview of the nature of change management and presents activities, models and exercises that can be used to facilitate change with teams, individuals and groups. Managing change is described as stressful, political and complex with plans and strategies rarely carried out successfully. The result can be widespread unhappiness. The author brings together valuable material, some of it quite well known, and moulds it into a practical tool kit.

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NHS PATIENTS MUST BE TAUGHT RESPONSIBILITIES ALONGSIDE RIGHTS

Headlines, PublicNet: 28 June, 2001

The Government should re-educate the patient not to expect the NHS to operate like a supermarket where they can expect to access everything on the shelves, according to centre-left think tank the IPPR.The IPPR (Institute for Public Policy Research), gives two reasons for this.

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SEVEN-POINT JOINT PLEDGE TO RAISE STANDARDS OF NHS CARE

Headlines, PublicNet: 28 June, 2001

After an election period in which it seemed that doctors and the Government agreed on very little – the two parties have hatched a seven point pledgeof key issues they do agree on.The BMA says the plan was formed largely from one of its own documents, and warns that while it welcomes the joint commitment – patients and voterswill judge the service on results not commitments.

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THAT’S NOT WHAT WE MEANT TO DO: REFORM AND ITS UNINTENDED CONSEQUENCES

Book News, PublicNet: 27 June, 2001

Steven M GillonArgues that a combination of political opportunism, strategic compromise and urgency to patch something up quickly can lead to the complete opposite of outcomes expected. Although based on US public sector experience the issues are global.

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FRANCHISING THE NHS

Headlines, PublicNet: 27 June, 2001

The organisation that speaks up for the trusts, health authorities and primary care trusts which run the NHS on the ground have welcomed the idea of offering franchises for the delivery of some NHS services.But it says there’s much work to be done to clarify how exactly it would work.

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SCHOOL CERTIFICATES – MIXED RESPONSE

Headlines, PublicNet: 27 June, 2001

There’s been a mixed response to the first keynote announcements by the by Education and Skills Secretary Estelle Morris on modernising the learning experience from 14 to 19 years.The headline offering – of a ‘school certificate’ type award at the end of sixth form to keep more young people in school to 18 – was welcomed by the Local Government Association, but described as too prescriptive by the teachers’ union NASUWT.

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NHS MANAGERS TAKE NEUTRAL STANCE ON PRIVATISATION DEBATE

Headlines, PublicNet: 26 June, 2001

The NHS Confederation, representing health service management, believes that there may be some specific areas where the use of the private sector would add value to the NHS. The Confederation’s chief executive, Stephen Thornton, argues that the current debate about the role of the private sector in improving public services is missing the point because the critical issue is how to create the conditions that will enable either public or private management to flourish.The Confederation welcomes the government’s intention to create the right conditions, but has reservations about them being followed through. It believes that health service management can compete with the best, but the starting point should be a level playing field.

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OFSTED GUIDANCE FOR GOVERNORS

Headlines, PublicNet: 26 June, 2001

OFSTED has produced new guidance to help school governors fulfil their full potential. The information will also be of interest to college governors, now that OFSTED inspects all 16-19 education too.While praising the public-spirited nature of volunteers who contribute to the effective running of their local schools, OFSTED also realises that at the core of some of its most damning reports is weak leadership from the school’s governing body.

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