Archives for August 13th, 2003

COACHING MADE EASY

Book News, PublicNet: 13 August, 2003

By Mike Leibling and Robin PriorThe simple three-step process in this book can help anyone become a coaching expert. The author’s ABC technique gives a solid understanding of what to do and when to do it. The techniques have been developed over a number of years within a variety of organizational settings. With case studies, problem-solving tips, and confidence-building exercises, this book supports the coaching of both individuals and groups.

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POOR MEASUREMENT OF TRAINING LEADS TO CASH CRISIS

Headlines, PublicNet: 13 August, 2003

Evaluation of training across central and local government and the NHS is not linked to performance in almost two thirds of organizations. More than 80 per cent of public sector HR directors are still using the simple tick-box ‘Happy Sheet’ approach, which does not measure the true impact of training. These findings come from research commissioned by LogicaCMG and carried out by Coleman Parkes.The survey also found that over 60% of HR directors believe that inability to demonstrate the value and effectiveness of training is having a serious impact on training. Because it is not possible to quantify the return on training investment, senior management is reluctant to buy-in for bigger training budgets. This has led to a 33% per cent shortfall in budgets across one third of organizations.

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DENTISTRY FUNDING GOES LOCAL

Headlines, PublicNet: 13 August, 2003

Radical changes in the way dentistry services are provided should give patients easier access to a modernized locally run NHS dentistry service. The changes are also aimed at improving the working lives of dentists and their teams in the NHS.Under the reform plan financial resources and commissioning of services will be devolved to local primary care trusts. This will allow the trusts to plan and develop local services to meet local needs either by providing primary dental care through local contracts or providing dental services themselves. By April 2005, trusts will take control of the 1.2 billion pound dental services budget from central government.

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