Archives for May 15th, 2003

HUMAN RESOURCE IN THE 21ST CENTURY

Book News, PublicNet: 15 May, 2003

By Marc Effron, Robert Gandossy and Marshall GoldsmithNew and faster technology, redefined values, and shifting customer demands are changing the way organizations operate in the twenty-first century. Human resources and organization leaders are faced with the challenge of redefining their strategies on leadership, talent, and diversity, while evaluating their operational effectiveness. This book presents the compelling contributions of thought leaders-such as David Ulrich, Rosabeth Moss Kanter, and Jeffrey Pfeffer-who offer a road map for what these leaders can expect. Renowned HR executives also provide their expert advice and prescriptions for the future. The nature of human resources will continue to evolve as the new century progresses-with this book, HR professionals can change with it.

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INITIATIVES AIM TO BOOST MIDWIFE RECRUITMENT, RETENTION AND RETURN

Headlines, PublicNet: 15 May, 2003

More money is to be put into recruiting midwives and there is to be a study into why members of the profession stay in the NHS and why others return to the service. At the same time, the government has announced improvements in maternity care to give mothers access to better information.The Health Minister, Jacqui Smith, highlighted the need to get more midwives into the NHS and said, following lobbying by the Royal College, a million pound fund was being set up to establish a strategy on midwife recruitment and retention.

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HOSPITALS ON FOUNDATION TRUST SHORTLIST NAMED

Headlines, PublicNet: 15 May, 2003

The first 29 hospital trusts to be invited to apply for Foundation status – subject to Parliament passing the Health and Social Care Bill – have been named by the Health Secretary Alan Milburn. The announcement brought an immediate reaction from the public service union, UNISON, which said it showed the government was intent on storming ahead with what the union called a misguided plan.The trusts named by Mr.Milburn will submit their applications by the autumn and ministers will then decide which will become NHS Foundation Trusts from April 2004. Mr.Milburn stressed the importance that would be placed on Trusts being able to raise standards across the NHS. All hospitals, he repeated, would have the opportunity to become Foundation Trusts over the next four to five years.

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