Archives for February 21st, 2005

ENABLING CONTINUOUS AND DISCONTINUOUS INNOVATION

Abstracts, PublicNet: 21 February, 2005

By John Bessant.Much of the research on innovation to date has been on the private sector and, within that, biased towards manufacturing, but the processes involved are equally relevant to the public as well as the private sector. This article looks at how innovation is organized and managed, at the routines needed to accomplish the task and at challenges posed by different types of innovation under ‘steady-state’ and ‘discontinuous’ conditions. It argues that there is a strong case for learning across public and private sectors, not just in terms of transferring well-proven lessons, so called adaptive learning, but also for ‘generative learning’-building on shared experimentation and comparison of experiences around discontinuous innovation.

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STREAMLINED DISCIPLINE PROCEDURES FOR THE NHS

Headlines, PublicNet: 21 February, 2005

Following criticism from the Public Accounts Committee that delayed discipline cases cost the NHS 40 million pounds annually, new procedures are to be introduced for doctors and dentists. Currently the target for resolving cases is 32 weeks, but further delay frequently results from Consultants making an appeal to the Health Secretary and this can extend to a further eight months for the case to be resolved. In future minor cases will be resolved faster and exceptional cases will be guaranteed the close attention needed to safeguard patients while offering fair treatment to doctors and dentists. The new target for handling disciplinary cases is 13 weeks.The new procedures end the distinction between personal and professional misconduct. As a consequence, NHS doctors and dentists will be disciplined for misconduct under the same procedures as any other NHS staff member. In addition the right for consultants on the verge of being sacked to appeal to the Health Secretary will be abolished.

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EFFICIENCY SAVINGS BOOST FROM E-PROCUREMENT SERVICE

Headlines, PublicNet: 21 February, 2005

All public bodies are faced with making an annual saving of 2.5% over the next three years and the launch of an online e-procurement service will make this more achievable. More efficient procurement is expected to make a substantial contribution to the savings target. The savings expected from local government alone is 6.45 billion pounds by the year 2007-8.The new service will allow procurement professionals from across the public sector to access innovative e-sourcing technology and related services via the Internet. The e-sourcing service includes the ‘full-life cycle’ of the tender and request for quotation process. Central department, local councils and NHS Trusts will have easy access to the OGC buying solutions Framework contracts through online catalogues. This will open up a wide range of high quality and value for money products and services. The arrangements will mean buying more quickly and easily and more cost effectively. There will also be facilities for e-evaluation, e-contract management and e-collaboration.

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