Archives for January 26th, 2006

EFFICIENCY, TRANSFORMATION AND THE COUNCIL WEBSITE

Abstracts, PublicNet: 26 January, 2006

This report from the Society of IT Management, describes how the bar is being raised on what it expects councils to achieve in this vital area for modern public services. From January 2007 a new ranking of effective, efficient and engaging will be awarded. It will be placed below the excellent ranking.Examples of twelve sites that offer a compelling user experience are provided in the report along with detailed analysis of what makes them such good websites. Six of the sites are from local government: these are: Birmingham, Brent, Maidstone, Poole, Surrey and Wrexham . The remainder are outstanding examples from other sectors, including Amazon, Easyjet, Visit Britain, Friends Reunited, the Equal Opportunities Commission, and the BBC.

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LOCAL AUTHORITY IN FINAL OF HEALTHY WORKPLACE AWARDS

Headlines, PublicNet: 26 January, 2006

A county council has reached the finals of a national competition to find Britain’s healthiest places to work. Initiatives set up by Wiltshire Council have won it a place in the last stages of the BBC Big Challenge Health Works Awards, which were set up to find companies and organisations that put a premium on health in the workplace.The awards set out to highlight the social and financial cost of preventable illnesses that are linked to poor diet, lack of physical activity, stress and smoking.

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NEW NHS RESEARCH STRATEGY AIMS TO CUT RED TAPE

Headlines, PublicNet: 26 January, 2006

All NHS patients are to be given access to clinical trials and get the chance to participate in studies of cutting-edge medical therapies as part of a new strategy designed to cut red tape and make it easier and quicker to get research programmes started. The strategy will support those carrying out health and social care research throughout England.The Minister for Quality and Patient Safety, Jane Kennedy, said the requirement to carry out research for the improvement of care and treatments was one of the founding principles of the NHS and it was important to harness the service’s capacity to make the UK the best place in the world for health research. The new strategy, “Best Research for Best Health”, aims to improve the quality of research and its relevance to patients as well as making it simpler to get research underway.

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