Archives for August 9th, 2004

MAKING PARTNERSHIPS WORK: A PRACTICAL GUIDE FOR PUBLIC, PRIVATE, VOLUNTARY AND COMMUNITY SECTORS

Book News, PublicNet: 9 August, 2004

By A Wilson and K Charlton.The report offers practical advice and examples of how managers in the public, private and voluntary sectors can work together to develop and maintain cross-sectoral partnerships. It draws on in-depth interviews with senior personnel currently involved in cross-sectoral partnerships. The authors present a development model of partnership as a staged process highlighting key lessons observed at each stage of development. Each chapter provides a pragmatic approach to partnership working, identifying the detail of partnership development including: stakeholder mapping; community involvement; strategies for informed decision-making; clear communication and promotion; coordination of management boards and teams; the importance of inter-personal skills and conflict management; the measurement of inputs and outputs; and positive publicity and reflection.

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PHARMACISTS EXTEND ROLES IN NEW AREAS

Headlines, PublicNet: 9 August, 2004

A new wave of pilot projects has been launched to allow pharmacists to provide a wider range of services. The new services include smoking cessation clinics, substance mis-use services, safe medicines disposal, emergency hormonal contraception and advice for patients to get the most from their medicines. They join other pilots who are already providing extra services such as checking blood pressure and measuring blood glucose levels.The pilots allow Primary Care Trusts to agree contracts that deliver local services in ways which are not possible under the current national contract arrangements. This gives the flexibility to design services with local patient’s needs in mind and at the same time help to deliver local PCT priorities. By working closely with community pharmacists and other health professionals it is possible to make better use of pharmacist skills and improve the quality of services.

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LIFE TO GET TOUGHER FOR OFFENDERS WHO EVADE THE COURTS

Headlines, PublicNet: 9 August, 2004

Offenders who breach community penalties imposed by a court by lying low or moving to another area are going to find it much more difficult to ‘ disappear’. A pilot project in Staffordshire showed that close co-operation between the courts and the police closes the information loop. The courts were given full access to the Police National Computer and the Police Computer was updated with details of court warrants so that the police have a fuller picture about habitual offenders.In the pilot project magistrates’ courts in Staffordshire loaded offenders’ names into the Police National Computer to obtain a wide range of information that could help track them down. Information includes aliases, associates, contact details, cases pending or dealt with, details of bail conditions, passport number and any past convictions or offences. The pilot has so far tracked down 683 offenders who may not have been caught without magistrates having access to this information.

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