Archives for July 22nd, 2004

INNOVATION FORUM

Abstracts, PublicNet: 22 July, 2004

The Innovation Forum was created to promote dialogue between central and local government and its partners, on new ways of working to deliver better services to local communities. The Forum is ‘jointly owned’ by central Government and the councils with excellent Comprehensive Performance Assessment scores. The role of the Forum is to develop, explore and test new ways of working to deliver improved outcomes for local people.For central Government, the proven capacity of the excellent councils provides a valuable resource to draw upon in developing new policy around shared local and national priorities. For local government, the Forum provides an opportunity to work jointly with central Government to implement innovative arrangements to improve outcomes in the delivery of services at the frontline and to contribute to central policy development. The work of the Forum is of potential benefit everywhere as the learning from pilots will be shared with the rest of local government and its partners.

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WORK LIFE BALANCE LURES DOCTORS TO GENERAL PRACTICE

Headlines, PublicNet: 22 July, 2004

More young doctors are choosing general practice because jobs in hospitals are less likely to include opportunities to work part time, according to a study by the British Medical Association. The research also raises concerns about patient care when limits on junior doctors’ hours come into operation in less than two weeks’ time.The BMA’s cohort study of students who graduated in medicine in 1995 reveals a generation of doctors who want better balance between life and work. A quarter of the 490 doctors taking part in the survey are already working part-time and a further 45 per cent would like to in the future.

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SOCIAL SOFTWARE TO DEVELOP NEW LOCALISM

Headlines, PublicNet: 22 July, 2004

The debate on the development of new localism has turned to technology with a vision of local government developing a unique role within localities. The publication of ‘Invisible Villages: techno-localism and the enabling council’ by the New Local Government Network opens up the prospect of councils developing their community leadership role in a way which can help them respond to diverse and complex needs.Social software is an increasingly popular tool for the development of voluntary, bottom-up social networks. Already, some social network sites, such as Orkut, have become popular amongst certain niche communities. Orkut is an online community that connects people through a network of trusted friends. The website provides an online meeting place where people can socialize, make new acquaintances and find others who share their interests. Although government has no role in informal and private socialising, the technology can be used to engage communities and individuals.

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