Archives for May 4th, 2005

MAKING CONSULTATION WORK

Book News, PublicNet: 4 May, 2005

Phil Beaumont and Laurie HunterThis book published by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development explains the implications of the recently introduced EC Information and Consultation directive which affects all organisations with more than 150 staff. It offers a series of case studies that look at preparatory thinking and arrangements that some organisations are making to meet the terms of this directive. It will help HR and employee relations practitioners to assist organisation not only to comply with the legislation but get value from it. The case studies illustrate the enormous range and diversity of background and experience that will influence organisations in their approach to the new legislation.

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COUNCIL IN BUSINESS AWARDS FINAL

Headlines, PublicNet: 4 May, 2005

Another local authority has won recognition for the work it is doing to improve services to customers. Newcastle City Council has reached the finals of the National Business Awards 2005 with its Customer Service Centre being shortlisted in the “Business Improvement Through People” category for the North East Region.The prestigious awards are open to businesses and organisations from all sectors and of any size. The competition is run in five regions with the winners joining other successful entrants in a national final in July. The council is the only local authority to have reached any of the regional finals in this particular category.

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PAPERS DRAW TOGETHER LESSONS FROM HEALTH ACTION ZONES

Headlines, PublicNet: 4 May, 2005

A series of briefing papers on tackling health inequalities has been produced using learning gleaned from health action zones across the East and West Midlands. They are designed to be useful to primary care trusts, local authorities, local strategic partnerships and the voluntary sector.The papers have been produced by National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence, which has taken on the work previously carried out by the Health Development Agency. The documents are intended to offer ‘bite-size’ chunks of learning around the approaches to dealing with inequalities in the provision of health care.

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