Archives for October 3rd, 2005

TAKING PART

Book News, PublicNet: 3 October, 2005

This pack supports out-of-school-hours learning for children in care. It is designed to assist local authorities, working in partnership with others, in making out of school learning an integral part of raising the achievement of looked-after children, and of good corporate parenting. It is based on the collective experience of the pilot authorities of the Taking Part project which was developed to help those working within children’s services.The Taking Part pack contains a guide and a DVD. A key feature is the emphasis placed on the opportunities provided for social workers to move away from the statutory responsibilities and engage with children and young people in finding out what they’d like to do in terms of leisure activities, things they’d want to do in the future, and to problem-solve what might get in the way with the things they’d like to do.’

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ONLINE TOOL AIMS TO HELP TACKLE HOSPITAL INFECTIONS

Headlines, PublicNet: 3 October, 2005

An online training tool has been launched to raise awareness among National Health Service staff of the key procedures needed to help reduce infection in hospitals. The system, launched by the Chief Nurse, Christine Beasley, is aimed at both clinical and non-clinical personnel.The new resource is a three-part program covering infection guidelines and principles. It has been developed by the NHS Core Learning Programmes Unit based in South Yorkshire Strategic Health Authority. It has already been piloted at a number of sites across the healthcare sector including acute services at Nottingham City Hospital, the Nottingham Primary care Trust, Sheffield Teaching Hospitals, Norfolk and Waveney Mental Health Partnership and by an NHS contactor, Medirest/Compass Group.

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DELAY IN PATIENT BOOKING SYSTEM PROMPTS E-GOVERNMENT WARNING

Headlines, PublicNet: 3 October, 2005

There is a new warning that unless the public sector fully engages with e-Government and starts promoting its benefits, it risks undermining the services even before they are operational. It has come from the private company, Primavera, which is a specialist in helping public sector organisations manage long-term projects.Primavera has stepped into the debate about e-Government in the light of reports that all English primary care trusts are set to miss the target for the implementation of an electronic ‘choose and book’ system for hospital outpatients. These, it says, have reignited questions over the validity of e-Government and the transformation of Government IT.

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