Archives for August 5th, 2003

COMMUNITY PARTICIPATION: A SELF ASSESSMENT TOOLKIT FOR PARTNERSHIPS

Book News, PublicNet: 5 August, 2003

Community Participation was developed in response to the increasing emphasis on communities being able to shape how partnerships work. It provides practical assistance to people wanting to support greater community participation in their partnerships. The toolkit has been used with Single Regeneration Budget partnerships and Local Strategic Partnerships (LSPs) in urban, rural and ex-coalfield areas. It contains general information on community participation, including a breakdown of local communities, the roles they can play in partnerships and symptoms of possible participation problems. A self-assessment section supports users to map the current participation and to develop a future vision of community participation.The toolkit is available from Engage East Midlands. Email: nicolawade@engage-em.org.uk

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MORE CHOICE IN HEALTH AND SOCIAL CARE

Headlines, PublicNet: 5 August, 2003

Patients, user groups and NHS and social care staff are invited by NHS Chief Executive Nigel Crisp to take part in a national consultation exercise to look at ways in which the delivery of health and social care can offer more choice and become more responsive to patients. The exercise, which will help shape future national policy and plans will also seek views on how best to tackle inequalities with the aim of making sure that everyone can have good access to high quality health and social care.The NHS is growing fast and this growth provides the opportunity to find out what people want and offer more choice over care and more involvement in decision making. It also creates the conditions for bringing in more creativity and new ideas. The consultation will seek views on what is working well now and what is not working so well.

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GREEN LIGHT FOR EXPANSION OF POPULAR SCHOOLS

Headlines, PublicNet: 5 August, 2003

Successful and popular schools that have been the victims of their own success, turning away pupils each year, can look forward to a less frustrating future. As a result of new guidance and funding they will find it easier to expand. The new arrangements flow from legislation that came into effect in June.Currently, local school organisation committees cannot agree to expansion proposals unless the required funding is in place. This means that proposals fail when they are not backed by local education authority funds. The government will now offer to fully fund the expansion so that local committees can evaluate all proposals on their merits.

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