Archives for August 26th, 2004

THE CAPACITY BUILDING PROGRAMME – THE FACTS

Abstracts, PublicNet: 26 August, 2004

This publication provides an introduction to the capacity building programme in local government. It explains how it works and who can access it. The programme aims to encourage ‘whole council’ approaches to driving improvement focusing on developing councils’ corporate capacity, for example around leadership, people management, performance management and support for generic skills such as procurement. Capacity building is delivered through a range of national projects from which councils can pick and choose as well as providing opportunities to access specific individually tailored and regionally tailored support.The two key streams of the national programmes are middle manager development and induction for new councillors. There are seven regional projects underway focusing on developing improvement networks and regional partnerships, member development and training, and performance management. There are also 18 pilot projects covering a range of themes including, pooling resources and integrating services, developing leadership skills, middle management development, developing performance and change management systems, and supporting two tier working.

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AGENCIES WARN OF THREAT TO SUCCESS OF CHILDREN BILL

Headlines, PublicNet: 26 August, 2004

Organisations working with children in a range of fields have claimed that planned legislation designed to improve children’s life chances risks failure as it does not give schools a duty to participate in the arrangements it sets out. The 15 organisations are calling for the loophole to be closed so the new ways of working set out in the Children Bill can succeed.The coalition includes bodies representing directors of education and children’s services, school governors, directors of social services and chief police officers as well as the Local Government Association, charities, the NHS Confederation and the National Children’s Bureau.

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CONCERNS RAISED OVER FUTURE OF MEDICAL EDUCATION

Headlines, PublicNet: 26 August, 2004

Doctors’ leaders have raised concerns about the future education of medical students after a report revealed that most young doctors have never considered careers in teaching and research. The report from the British Medical Association warns that recruitment of medical academics is at an all time low and there may soon be too few to provide adequate education for the increasing number of medical students.The findings are published in ‘Medical Academic Career Intentions’, a report based on the results of the BMA’s annual study of doctors who began their careers in 1995. The results give no cause for optimism that the decline will be reversed in the short term. Only a quarter of doctors surveyed said they had even thought about academic careers.

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