Archives for January 31st, 2006

RESULTS THAT MATTER: IMPROVING COMMUNITIES BY ENGAGING CITIZENS, MEASURING PERFORMANCE AND GETTING THINGS DONE

Book News, PublicNet: 31 January, 2006

By Paul Epstein, Paul M. Coates, Lyle D. Wray and David Swain.Today’s communities whether they are currently strong, or struggling to survive, face difficult challenges if they want to be tomorrow’s healthy, vibrant communities. The challenge for leaders and citizens of modern communities is not just to solve specific problems today. Their real challenge is to keep learning from their experience so they can keep improving their communities tomorrow.

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CITIZENS’ JURY HELPS SHAPE POLICY FOR GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENT

Headlines, PublicNet: 31 January, 2006

A report has been drawn up to give a Government department the views of ordinary members of the public on the question of air quality. Defra recruited 20 people to a ‘Citizen’s Jury’, a particular type of public consultation, from across the West Midlands region.The jurors were recruited to provide a representative cross-section from rural, urban and city environments and were drawn from Rugeley, Tamworth, Lichfield, Kingshurst, Sutton Coldfield, Erdington, Great Barr, Perry Barr, New Oscott, Edgbaston, Sparkbrook and Birmingham City Centre. They were asked to provide Defra with recommendations on the measures they think should be introduced to improve air quality. Their recommendations have now been presented informally to the Department.

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WHITE PAPER SHOWS PUBLIC SERVICES MUST WORK ACROSS BOUNDARIES

Headlines, PublicNet: 31 January, 2006

Local authorities will work more closely with health trusts as part of the package of measures in a White Paper designed to deliver health and social care services closer to where people live. The Government is being warned, though, that while a move to more focus on preventative measures and making the service more responsive to patients is welcome it must ensure there are the resources to make this happen.The plans outlined in “Our Health, our care, our say: a new direction in community services”, aim to give people more choice and say over the care they receive in the community, and much closer working and coordination between health and social care. The measures include better access to GPs by increasing the choice of practices for everyone and extending opening hours. It also envisages partnerships between local authorities and Primary Care Trusts to produce joint teams and common assessments, as well as a new generation of community hospitals and other locally-based services.

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