Archives for August 10th, 2004

SELF ASSESSMENT TOOL FOR NHS ORGANIZATIONS

Abstracts, PublicNet: 10 August, 2004

The Commission for Health Improvement has launched a web-based self-assessment tool for NHS organisations to help them identify their strengths and weaknesses in how they use information. The use of information has consistently been shown to be the worst scoring area of activity in the Commission’s governance reports. The self-assessment tool uses a pyramid model to explain use of information, and models of good and bad practice. The tool highlights areas of strength and weakness within NHS organisations and where developments need to be prioritised.When an area of weakness is discovered, users can go to the library of examples of innovative solutions already developed within the NHS. The library of good ideas has been developed to enable NHS organisations to gain more knowledge and make use of possible solutions to information problems. Areas covered include: data quality, data integration, information management and technology training.

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CRACKS IN GLASS CEILING BUT WOMEN NEED MORE SUPPORT

Headlines, PublicNet: 10 August, 2004

The glass ceiling which limits the progress of women to the top of organizations is becoming a less effective promotion barrier. A new survey suggests that a lack of encouragement and support for women is the issue that has become the limiting factor. The survey was carried out by HR Gateway in association with the Institute of Leadership and Management.The Equal Opportunities Commission agrees with the conclusions: “This very much fits the picture we have of the situation for women in the UK. A woman’s ascent up the career ladder is made up of many elements that do not affect men and they need to be taken into account. For example, organizations should be offering flexible working at all grades so that women do not have to move down the ladder when they return from having a child.”

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CONTRACT AWARDED TO FIND OUT HOW HEALTH SCRUTINY BY COUNCILS IS WORKING

Headlines, PublicNet: 10 August, 2004

A three-year contract to evaluate the impact of local authority health scrutiny has been awarded to a team of health and local government experts. Evidence is emerging that the work of health scrutiny committees of local councils is bringing improvements in local service delivery, but it has not so far been possible to quantify the value health scrutiny adds to existing healthcare inspection and regulation systems.The team, coordinated by the University of Manchester, includes The Manchester Centre for Healthcare Management, The Institute for Political and Economic Governance and The National Primary Care Research and Development Centre. Research will start in September 2004. The contract has been awarded by the Centre for Public Scrutiny as part of their three-year Health Scrutiny Support Programme, designed to increase capacity as non-executive members of councils get to grips with their new powers to scrutinise health services.

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