Archives for December 4th, 2002

NHS STREAMLINES IT PROCUREMENT

Headlines, PublicNet: 4 December, 2002

The NHS is preparing to change radically the way it procures IT systems to meet the commitment to connect the capabilities of modern IT to the delivery of the ten year NHS plan. The spending plans will push the NHS to the top of the world wide big spenders civil programme league and the funding will start to flow in April 2003.Richard Granger, the newly appointed Director General of Information Technology for the NHS has promised that the procurement processes will be streamlined and that the burden on suppliers will be cut significantly. Criticism of the current processes was one of the main findings from a recent consultation exercise with the industry.

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WATCHDOG HIGHLIGHTS CRITICAL SUCCESS FACTORS FOR COUNCILS

Headlines, PublicNet: 4 December, 2002

The top performing councils share a similar approach to achieve success. The Audit Commission has analysed its inspection reports, performance indicator data, reports from Ofsted, the Social Services Inspectorate, Benefits Fraud Inspectorate, and Government departments and found three critical success factors for local government.Staying focused on local priorities tops the list. The best councils are not diverted by short term crises and they choose their new initiatives carefully. Councils adopting a partnership approach are delivering better services. The third factor is managing performance, which involves treating plans and targets not as ends in themselves, but as a way to get high-quality services.

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DELIVERY: A CLEAR CHOICE?

Features, PublicNet: 4 December, 2002

By David Walker. Reproduced by permission of the Public Management and Policy Association. As the flow of announcements about increased freedom to manage public services locally continues, calls for more freedom go on unabated. David Walker argues that the issue is complex and he quotes the views of leaders in different fields who are concerned about getting the right central-local balance.

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