Archives for May 20th, 2002

OFSTED MARKS DOWN HEAD TEACHER TRAINING

Headlines, PublicNet: 20 May, 2002

School inspectors have found weaknesses in the competence of some head teachers and Ofsted have now traced them back to flaws in the training and development arrangements. In a review report there is criticism for the training bodies and local education authorities.

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PUBLIC SERVICES SUPERMARKET TRIAL STARTING SOON

Headlines, PublicNet: 20 May, 2002

The 20th century supermarket model with retailers bringing together food, drink, clothing, books, pharmaceuticals, toys and electrical goods, is soon to be trialled by public services. Initially a limited number of services will be brought together under one roof. The early combinations are likely to be health and youth services, police and voluntary sector organizations; employment and advice services, adult education, family and primary healthcare and a library. The most ambitious project will include a healthy living centre, nursery, crèche, community and outreach training rooms, the Citizens Advice Bureau, together with a community policing base.

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OPERATING THEATRES – A BULLETIN FOR HEALTH BODIES

Abstracts, PublicNet: 20 May, 2002

This report by the Audit Commission reveals that 10% of operations are cancelled, representing about 300,000 operating slots each year. The causes of cancellation were found to be staff taking leave at short notice and unscheduled maintenance. There was a wide disparity in cancellation rates between hospitals and although the average was 10%, some of the poor performers had a 30% rate. The Audit Commission believes that the cancellation rate could be halved with tighter management and this would create an additional 150,000 operating slots per year. There was also criticism of time keeping for theatre sessions. Although 90% of session started on time, this fell to 32% in some cases.

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