Archives for November 1st, 2005

SHARED SERVICES

Abstracts, PublicNet: 1 November, 2005

This programme is now available to view on egovtv.tv, the online television channel for public service modernisation. It describes how Suffolk County and Mid Suffolk District Councils have established a shared services capability, “Customer Service Direct” to provide Suffolk citizens with a single point of access to all local Government services, whether traditionally provided at county or district level. The case study considers the strategic objectives of the two councils in coming together and the means of establishing and operating the CSD shared services capability together with private sector partner, BT.The case study is part of the programme “Shared Services – Increasing Efficiency & Improving Service”. The programme examines the potential for authorities to share services and resources to achieve efficiencies and service quality improvements.

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E-AUCTION DRIVES PRICES DOWN

Headlines, PublicNet: 1 November, 2005

A group of NHS trusts have achieved potential savings of nearly 30 per cent on this year’s bill for IT Hardware via an on-line auction. In conjunction with Collaborative Procurement organisations, a two-hour e-auction, organised by the Office of Government Commerce’s Coordinated Procurement Division and run by TradingPartners saw 11 IT hardware suppliers battle to get the business of 137 NHS Trusts, grouped into six regional consortia. Between them, these consortia account for nearly a third of all the desktops and laptops needed by the NHS over the next 18 months.The event was led and hosted by Hull and East Yorkshire NHS Trust which originated the idea. Projected savings worth nearly 30 per cent, over 4.5m pounds should reduce the bill for PC equipment from 16m to 11.5m pounds. The total package includes over 21,000 desktop PCs and nearly 4500 laptops.

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SKILLS ACADEMIES GET GO AHEAD

Headlines, PublicNet: 1 November, 2005

National Skills Academies are to be set up for manufacturing, construction, food and drink, and financial services. They will open by September 2006 and support the training of tens of thousands of young people and adults each year. They will be linked closely to the 14 – 19 year olds vocational learning offered through schools. The academies will play a key part in creating jobs, tackling skills shortages and driving up productivity.The Fashion Retail Academy was the first National Skills Academy to be developed and opened its doors to students in September this year. The aim is to have at least 12 National Skills Academies, one for each major sector. A new prospectus for a second round of bids will be published in Spring next year.

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