Archives for January 7th, 2004

A PRACTICAL GUIDE TO COMPETENCIES

Book News, PublicNet: 7 January, 2004

By Steve Whiddett and Sarah HollyfordeThe book identifies the key role that competencies have to play in people management processes. The behaviours of all employees are, unsurprisingly, a vital element in their performance and competencies help capture these performance critical behaviours. Using clearly explained processes together with a set of key principles and a checklist, this book will help organisations construct a new framework of competencies or extend an existing framework. It provides practical examples and illustrations to show how competencies can be used to enhance all people management processes: selection; the performance management and appraisal process and the design of training and development at individual and organisational levels.

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COURSE FOR COUNCIL MANAGERS BREAKS NEW GROUND

Headlines, PublicNet: 7 January, 2004

Brent Council is using a ground-breaking training course that will see a hundred of its senior managers given leadership skills designed to help them deliver services worthy of a top CPA rating. The council commissioned the Office for Public Management to provide a ‘Leadership for Excellence’ training, which is believed to be the first of its kind in the public sector.The six-month programme has been developed to set the benchmark for top management development in local government. Senior staff will undertake a range of modules designed to build a common culture and shared sense of direction. One key objective will be to help the council achieve an ‘excellent’ rating in The Audit Commission’s assessment of the borough’s performance.

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CAMPAIGN BEGINS TO IMPROVE IMAGE OF NURSING

Headlines, PublicNet: 7 January, 2004

Only 15 per cent of 15 to 24 year olds would consider becoming a nurse and almost one in five people think that nurses have no formal qualifications, according to a MORI poll published by ‘Nursing Standard’ today to launch a campaign designed to enhance the reputation of the profession.Over half of the more than 2,000 people questioned in the poll were unaware that nurses are answerable to a governing body. At the same time the number of people who think today’s nurses are well educated has dropped to 42 per cent – down by ten points since 1999.

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