Archives for April 21st, 2005

STRENGTHENING PARTNERSHIPS: NEXT STEPS FOR COMPACT

Abstracts, PublicNet: 21 April, 2005

This discussion document from the Home Office sets out the relationship between the Government and the Voluntary and Community Sector and it seeks views on proposals for strengthening the Compact on Relations. It also sets out a series of undertakings to which the Government and the voluntary and community sector both agree. These include Government respecting the independence of the sector and consulting early on policies which affect it. In return, the sector undertakes to operate through open and accountable organisations, involve all stakeholders and embrace diversity.The document highlights the role of voluntary and community organisations in helping to build social capital, the invisible glue which gives a sense of community. It also describes their capacity to unleash the power and potential of individual and collective action, either through taking action themselves, or by lobbying others to do so. In turn, this develops skills and experience which can potentially help achieve better social outcomes. They can deliver personalised public services, particularly for those from marginalised and disadvantaged groups.

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CITY PARTNERSHIP SEEKS TO RAISE ACHIEVEMENTS IN EDUCATION

Headlines, PublicNet: 21 April, 2005

Local businesses, community organisations and other agencies will join Bristol City Council today to launch a citywide commitment to raising achievement in education. The initiative will see the member bodies of the Bristol Partnership working with educational partners across the city.

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HIGHLIGHTING NEED FOR IMPROVEMENTS IN INTEGRATING HEALTHCARE IT SYSTEMS

Headlines, PublicNet: 21 April, 2005

A new survey says much more needs to be done to educate healthcare IT professionals about how their existing systems can be integrated to support new initiatives in the short, medium and in some cases long term. The study shows that while the Connecting for Health initiative is making progress there is still room for significant improvement.The survey, commissioned by software company WRQ®, found that two thirds of IT professionals working for healthcare organisations believe the integration of legacy applications is either, ‘essential’ or ‘valuable’. But it also shows that of those fewer than half – just 44 per cent – were currently in the process of integrating their legacy systems.

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