Archives for March 25th, 2002

GOOD EMPLOYMENT PRACTICE REDUCES NURSE TURNOVER

Headlines, PublicNet: 25 March, 2002

The Royal College of Nursing is making a bid to improve the lot of nurses – who are seen as essential to achieve the NHS Plan and yet are leaving the service in worrying numbers.The nurses’ organisation has launched a new guidance document to help employers improve the working lives of nurses in the UK – based on the findings of a survey which shows that nurses generally place high imporatnce on their ‘working wellbeing’.

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SCOTLAND TO HAND BACK POWER?

Headlines, PublicNet: 25 March, 2002

Scotland looks set to go one step further than Westminster and hand back some real power to local government. The Local Government Committee of the Scottish Parliament has recommended that a greater proportion of local finance be sourced locally, that business rates be returned to local government control, and a reduction in ring-fenced grants.Currently across the UK national government provides up to 80 per cent of council funding, and much of that money is ring-fenced for a specific purpose. Councils on both sides of the border have been calling for a return to the autonomy they enjoyed in the pre-Thatcher era, but it looks like Scotland is to stride ahead.

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MULTI AGENCY WORKING – AN AUDIT OF ACTIVITY

Abstracts, PublicNet: 25 March, 2002

By Mary Atkinson, Anne Wilkin, Alison Stott and Kay KinderThis report by the National Foundation for Educational Research was commissioned by the Local Government Association. The authors examined the effect of multi agency working on professionals at the strategic and operational levels. 32% of respondents to a survey said that resource constrains were a major barrier to joint working. Insufficient time to set up projects and develop relationships was recognized as a barrier by 14%. There was also concern about overcoming professional boundaries because of the ‘preciousness’ attitude, accepting change and persuading people working in an area for a long time that there are other ways of doing things.

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