Archives for March 31st, 2005

CREATING A PATIENT- LED NHS

Book News, PublicNet: 31 March, 2005

This document from the Department of Health sets out the ambition to change the system of healthcare so that there is more choice, more personalised care, real empowerment of people to improve their health and a fundamental change in relationships between patients and professionals. This involves moving from a service that does things to and for its patients to one which is patient led, where the service works with patients to support them with their health needs.To achieve this ambition there needs to be feedback and learning on a service wide basis. It needs to involve patients, professionals and partner organisations. It also needs to be done locally while being brought together nationally. The National Leadership Network for Health and Social Care will play a key role in taking forward the work, collecting feedback and shaping the way change is implemented. The full proposals will be published shortly in a Green Paper.

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IMPROVING EDUCATION THROUGH PARTNERSHIPS

Headlines, PublicNet: 31 March, 2005

The Department for Education and Skills plans to use partnership working as a lever to improve educational standards.There are already many examples of successful partnerships within educational networks, with schools and colleges working together, and between the networks and other parts of the public, private and voluntary sectors. The DfEE wants to build on these examples.The newly published Education Improvement Partnerships prospectus sets out a framework for collaboration in the education service.Areas for collaboration include Learning Partnerships which promote a culture of provider collaboration across sectors, such as schools, Further Education based learning and adult and community learning, covering post-16 learning.The partners include voluntary groupings of local learning providers and others such as local government, Connexions/Careers Service, trade unions, employers and faith groups.

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UNIONS TRADE FLEXIBILITY FOR INVESTMENT

Headlines, PublicNet: 31 March, 2005

The Office of Public Services Reform has announced agreement with trade unions on new principles that will underpin future public service pay and workforce modernisation negotiations. In return for increased workplace flexibility and adaptability the Government has promised greater investment in skills and action on equal pay, pension reform and systems of pay incentives. The agreement, which has been reached in the Public Services Forum, provides a framework for future development of pay and reward systems across all the public services.Cabinet Office Minister David Miliband, who chairs the Public Service Forum, said: ‘The principles of the agreement support the drive for pay and workforce modernisation to deliver fairness at work and better, more efficient public services. Higher quality jobs and improved working lives should go hand in hand with greater workforce flexibility to improve citizens’ experience of local services’.

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