Archives for June 2002

MET’S POOR PERFORMANCE

Headlines, PublicNet: 28 June, 2002

While Police in Greater Manchester are riding high, the poor performance of the Metropolitan Police, serving Greater London, has been highlighted in a review of its policing plan.Only a third of the targets set in last year’s policing plan have been met. The force’s Police Authority says that while there has been improvement in important areas too many targets were not achieved and overall the results represent poor performance.

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TRAFFORD POLICE ARE BEST PARTNERS

Headlines, PublicNet: 28 June, 2002

The 2002 TNT Modernising Government Partnership Award has been won by the Trafford Division of Greater Manchester Police.The division has seen its workload increase by 250% since 1974, with the development of national and international venues such as the Old Trafford football ground, Manchester airport and the Trafford shopping centre.

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WORK STRESS: THE MAKING OF A MODERN EPIDEMIC

Book News, PublicNet: 27 June, 2002

By David Wainwright and Michael CalnanWe are facing an epidemic of work stress. But why should problems at work which previously led to industrial disputes and political activity now be experienced as a cause of physical or mental illness? This book combines a critique of the scientific evidence relating to work stress, with an account of the social, historical and cultural changes that produced this phenomenon. The analysis is grounded in workers’ accounts of their experiences of work stress, derived from the authors’ qualitative research. The book concludes with the consequences of adopting the passive identity of ‘work stress victim’.

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FOUR STEPS TO OPERATING SUCCESS

Headlines, PublicNet: 27 June, 2002

Reduced delays and fewer cancelled operations are the aims of new guidance published by the NHS Modernisation Agency.The guidance works on the premise that improving the performance of operating theatres is key to improving patient experiences and to improving staff morale.

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SCHOOLS FORM INNOVATION NETWORKS

Headlines, PublicNet: 27 June, 2002

More than 500 schools across England are set to work together through a system of networks or partnerships which will see them learning from one another, promoting innovation and sharing best practice.The project, jointly funded by National College for School Leadership and the Department for Education and Skills, involves 48 groups of schools working together with other educational bodies such as education authorities, universities and community partners. Each network will receive up to 50,000 pounds a year in matched funding over three years.

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PRIVACY AND DATA SHARING: THE WAY FORWARD FOR PUBLIC SERVICES

Abstracts, PublicNet: 26 June, 2002

This report from the Performance and Innovation Unit in the Cabinet Office argues that the ability of the public sector to deliver more personalised, more efficient services depends on the effective use of personal information about citizens. It calls for a the setting up of a Public Services Trust Charter and for greater openness in the interactions between public services and their consumers. There should be better use of technology to deliver more secure, more joined-up services, ensuring high levels of data security, effective protection from fraud and more personalised service delivery, for example through the use of smartcards.Privacy and Data Sharing is available from the Performance and Innovation Unit http://www.piu.gov.uk   Telephone 020 7276 1416.

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LABOUR COOLS ON MAYORS

Headlines, PublicNet: 26 June, 2002

The Government appears to be losing interest in the concept of elected mayors – a new breed of accountable civic figurehead to re-ignite people’s interest in local democracy.It’s decided not to use its powers to force three councils to ballot local people on whether and elected mayor should be introduced in Birmingham, Bradford and Thurrock.

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FINDING TIME FOR GPs

Headlines, PublicNet: 26 June, 2002

A report from the Cabinet Office’s Regulatory Impact Unit (RIU) says that up to 3.2 million GP appointments can be freed up by removing unnecessary and cumbersome red tape, so allowing patients quicker access to see their GP.Working with the Department of Health, the RIU consulted GPs in England and found the time for these extra appointments by removing repeat prescriptions, sick note certification, social housing reports, disability benefits and Motability and child assessments from GP’s workload.

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FORUM FOR PEOPLE-FOCUSED POLICE AND IMPROVED PERFORMANCE

Headlines, PublicNet: 25 June, 2002

A new National Policing Forum has been set up to give Government a strategic vision of the way forward for policing.It will contribute to the drawing up of the National Policing Plan, a key element in the Government’s police reform programme.

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REFORM AND DELIVERY IN THE CIVIL SERVICE

Headlines, PublicNet: 25 June, 2002

The new head of the civil service has announced a restructure of the Cabinet Office in order that it is focussed on his two key priorities of civil service reform and the delivery of better public services.Sir Andrew Turnbull takes over from Sir Richard Wilson officially in September.

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