Archives for December 9th, 2003

LINE MANAGERS AND FAMILY FRIENDLY EMPLOYMENT

Features, PublicNet: 9 December, 2003

By Sue Yeandle, Judith Phillips, Fiona Scheibl, Andrea Wigfield and Sarah Wise Over the past decade many organisations have developed policies which offer their employees more flexibility at work and support at times of stress or pressure in combining employment with parental or caring responsibilities. The authors looked at the implementation of the policies and found that line managers are much more influential than senior managers, human resources departments, or legislation. They offer suggestions for better delivery of family friendly policies.



DEAL WILL MEAN E-RECORDS FOR NHS PATIENTS BY END OF DECADE

Headlines, PublicNet: 9 December, 2003

Every National Health Service patient in England will have an individual electronic record by 2010. The announcement came as the Department of Health signed a 10-year, 620 million pound contract with BT to set up and run the national NHS Care Records Service, which will provide the infrastructure to support the revolution in health and care information.The new service will provide all 50 million NHS patients with individual records detailing key treatments and care within either the health service or social care. It will mean that for the first time, information about patients will be mobile rather than remaining in filing stores in the buildings where treatment or care has been received. The scheme will connect more than 30,000 GPs and 270 acute, community and mental health NHS trusts in a single, secure national system. The care records are expected to cut time wasted by health service staff and patients who turn up for appointments only to find that their records are not ready or are in the wrong place in the hospital or clinic.

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STUDY SHOWS CONTINUED FALL IN POVERTY

Headlines, PublicNet: 9 December, 2003

Poverty in Britain has fallen to levels last seen at the end of the 1980s although there are significant differences between Scotland, Wales and the English regions according to new figures out today. They also show that improvements in school attainment and the number of young people gaining basic qualifications have stalled.The findings come from ‘Monitoring Poverty and Social Exclusion 2003’, the independent assessment of trends in tackling disadvantage compiled by the New Policy Institute and published by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation.

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