Archives for April 17th, 2002

TEACHING ASSISTANTS BOOST QUALITY

Headlines, PublicNet: 17 April, 2002

OFSTED has praised the impact on schools of the increasing role played by teaching assistants. The report is likely to help Government further strengthen their role despite protests from some teacher groups.Drawing on evidence from school inspections, it says that the presence of a teaching assistant in the classroom improves the quality of teaching. It also says that increased government funding for the recruitment and training of teaching assistants has been matched by bigger expectations from schools that assistants will do more to support learning in the classroom as well as their traditional role of preparing materials for lessons.

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MORE PRESCRIBING POWER FOR NURSES AND PHARMACISTS

Headlines, PublicNet: 17 April, 2002

The Department of Health is proposing to give pharmacists and nurses greater powers to write prescriptions.It will mean that after diagnosis, patients may no longer need to re-visit their doctor for prescriptions for medicines such as inhalers and hormone replacement therapy.

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PRIVACY AND DATA SHARING: THE WAY FORWARD FOR PUBLIC SERVICES

Abstracts, PublicNet: 17 April, 2002

This report by the Performance and Innovation Unit in the Cabinet Office sets out a strategy for delivering more customer-focused public services through better use of personal information in a way that commands public trust and ensures effective privacy safeguards. A draft Public Services Trust Charter is put forward as the best way forward to secure greater openness in the interactions between public services and their consumers, as well as improved access to personal data along with simple processes for correcting mistakes. The introduction of data quality audits is recommended to ensure that only good quality, up-to-date, information is used in data-sharing. Making better use of technology to deliver more secure, more joined-up services is also seen as a key element of the strategy.The report is available at: http://www.piu.gov.uk   or from the PIU (tel: 020 72761416).

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