Archives for December 2001

GETTING ATTACHED; NEW ROUTES TO FULL EMPLOYMENT

Abstracts, PublicNet: 19 December, 2001

Fabian SocietyProgrammes such as the New Deal have concentrated on getting the unemployed into jobs. But vulnerable workers also need support in employment, to overcome the stratification and insecurity at the bottom end of the labour market.’Getting Attached’ sets out a policy agenda to achieve this next phase of welfare to work. Based on the idea of ‘attachment’ – helping people stick to employment, not just move into jobs – the report argues for a new strategy that provides ongoing support and training in periods of high employment and, in bad times, maintains individuals’ employability, keeping them in touch with the world of work.Most of all, as the clouds of an economic downturn gather, welfare to work has to become far better aligned with both business support and workforce development. In this way, it can start to become the centrepiece of strategies to create full employment and social justice.

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PAY BOOST TO RECRUIT AND RETAIN HEALTH SERVICE STAFF

Headlines, PublicNet: 18 December, 2001

Pay awards at twice the rate of inflation have been offered to NHS staff to boost recruitment and to encourage staff to stay in the health service and give better value for money for the expensive training they receive. In addition to a flat rate increase of 3.6% for hospital doctors, nurses, dentists and other health service workers, there are additional increases to ease particular shortages and to support policy initiatives.The new pay scales will take consultants up to 68,000 pounds with those at the top of the scale earning up to 133,000 pounds. Nurses’ pay will move up to 20,000 pounds.

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MOVE TO ARREST POLICE REFORM

Headlines, PublicNet: 18 December, 2001

The Police Federation, representing 125,000 rank and file officers, is seeking the support of opposition parties and the public to a campaign to halt proposals by Home Secretary David Blunkett for reform of the 43 police forces in England and Wales. The Federation argues that the proposals would result in cuts in overtime pay, sick pay and allowances and lower the standards of policing by recruiting civilians to carry out work now done by police officers.The reform plans call for the police to work more flexibly and they include the prospect of special bonuses to reward priority staff, including beat officers, and one-off payments for particularly unpleasant work. The Police Federation claims that the reforms will result in the average officer being worse off financially. There is particular concern that because overtime would only be paid after an officer has worked 42 hours in a week, payments overall would be cut.

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ACTION RESEARCH IN ORGANIZATIONS

Book News, PublicNet: 17 December, 2001

By Jean McNiff with Jack WhiteheadThe book is essentially concerned with the core question: ‘How can effectiveness be improved?’. It is organized into four parts: ‘What is the nature of organizational knowledge?’; ‘How is organizational knowledge acquired?’ ‘How is organizational knowledge put to use?’ In the final part
seven contributors address the question: ‘What are the implications of theories of organization for social living’, with particular reference to the needs of management education.

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LEARNING POOL FOR LOCAL GOVERNMENT

Headlines, PublicNet: 17 December, 2001

Learners in local government are to use cheap file-sharing technology to both increase accessibility to quality training – and to drive down cost.The Improvement and Development Agency (IDeA), set up by Government to improve the performance of councils has launched the Learning Pool. This uses the same “Napster-style” file-sharing technology used to copy music from the internet to offer every council access to high-quality, constantly updated learning materials.

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EMOTIONAL INTELLIGENCE

Headlines, PublicNet: 17 December, 2001

The public sector is getting into the principles of ’emotional intelligence’ in order to bring about radical transformation.The Centre for Management and Policy Studies (CMPS), set up as part of the modernising government agenda, is offering a new intensive course in the topic on various dates throughout 2002.

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PITFALLS OF PPPS

Headlines, PublicNet: 14 December, 2001

Patients are facing potentially dangerous delays in receiving test results following the end of a public private partnership in pathology, according to the British Medical Association.The problems follow the end of a private sector contract and return of pathology services at the Lister Hospital in Stevenage to the public sector. The trust and private provider OmniLabs could not agree on a formula which would have allowed the hospital to continue to use OmniLabs computers for a changeover period, says an article in the latest BMA News.

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HAS IT WORKED?

Headlines, PublicNet: 14 December, 2001

The Institute of Fiscal Studies is one of the key institutions behind a new body set up to help governments discover whether their policies actually work.In recent years there has been a growing realisation in government that policy should be empirically evaluated, before, during and after implementation. If, for instance, a policy is aimed at specific individuals, then data about those individuals needs to be gathered and analysed, and the impact of any change fully understood.

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KNOWLEDGE MANAGEMENT EXPERTS ADVISE ON UK POLICY

Headlines, PublicNet: 13 December, 2001

The Office of the e-Envoy has announced the launch of ‘LEARN’ – the Levering External Advice and Relations Network.The network aims to bring together leading international knowledge management practitioners to provide external advice and comment on the developing UK policy framework for knowledge management.

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MORE NHS NURSES

Headlines, PublicNet: 13 December, 2001

The Government has seized on new statistics about nurse numbers as evidence that the NHS Plan is being delivered according to time and that the tide is turning on nurse shortages.The figures show that the number of nurses and midwives working in the NHS has increased by more than 10,000 in the last year alone.

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