Archives for January 26th, 2004

QUALITY STANDARDS IN INTER-AGENCY WORK

Book News, PublicNet: 26 January, 2004

Hughes, J. and Settle, DThis audit offers a set of quality standards for inter-agency work. The guidance offered may apply to all involved in inter-agency work, and also inter-speciality and inter-disciplinary working. For example, the principles of this work could apply to multi-disciplinary health teams or area child protection committees. It explains issues around aims, commitment, management, communication, evaluation and accountability. The structure of inter-agency projects is highlighted through illustrations and guidance concerning the interactions between levels of strategic leadership, executive management and operational implementation. The document supports those involved in bringing together various agencies, specialists and disciplines as equal partners aligned to a common purpose, while at the same time acknowledging, maintaining and respecting their individual integrity.

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GUIDE AIMS TO CUT RISKS TO NHS PATIENTS

Headlines, PublicNet: 26 January, 2004

New guidelines have been introduced in the National Health service to reduce the risk to patients of being prescribed the wrong medication. It sets out ways of avoiding errors in prescribing, dispensing and administering medicines.The new guide follows an examination of the causes of most accidents involving medicines and it recommends changes in equipment and practices in an effort to cut the chances of harm to patients. In 2001 the government set a target of a 40 per cent cut in serious medication errors and the elimination of death or paralysis from wrongly administered spinal injections. That target recognised that the reasons for individual errors might be a complex mixture of human error and systems failure.

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RESEARCH LOOKS AT COUNCIL UNDERFUNDING

Headlines, PublicNet: 26 January, 2004

New research has highlighted the need for the government to address the historic under funding of council services as part of its current review of the central-local balance within council funding. The Local Government Information Unit has been studying the long-term causes of the Government’s council tax crisis.

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