Archives for December 9th, 2005

COMMUNICATE – DON’T ALIENATE

Features, PublicNet: 9 December, 2005

By Sonya Welch-Moring. Some managers find it difficult to manage black and ethnic minority staff. They can be hesitant about giving negative feedback if the staff are from a different ethnic or cultural background to themselves. The author recognizes that the underlying problem is that managers do not want to appear to be racist. She analyses the issues involved in this area of communication and suggests steps to communicate authentically and openly.



CALL FOR KEY ROLE FOR NURSES IN RUNNING HOSPITALS

Headlines, PublicNet: 9 December, 2005

A medical expert argues today that nurses are the key to restoring public confidence in hospital care. Writing in the British Medical Journal, Professor Nick Black of the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine says nurses had led the transformation of hospitals in the 19th century and he asks why, after a century of outstanding success, the future of the large general hospital is in question.Professor Black argues that hospitals are partly victims of their own success because developments in pharmaceuticals, information and communication technology now offered alternative ways of delivering care. That meant that when patients did need to attend hospital, they were less likely to stay overnight.

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COUNCILS TO TAKE LEAD ON NATIONAL CHILD WELFARE INDEX

Headlines, PublicNet: 9 December, 2005

Local authorities will be responsible for mainatining information about children in their areas held on a new national index, which the government has announced to implement an important recommendation from Lord Laming’s inquiry into the death of Victoria Climbie. The index is seen as a way of improving children’s welfare and wellbeing, while ensuring strong safeguards on access to information about them.Unveiling details of the system, which is being introduced after a series of Trailblazer projects across the country, the Children’s Minister, Beverley Hughes, said it would enable all practitioners delivering services to children to identify and contact one another easily and quickly. They would be able to share relevant information about children who needed services or where there were concerns about a child’s welfare.

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