Archives for April 2006

GPs AND SPECIALISTS LOOK AT CLOSER WORKING IN RESPONSE TO WHITE PAPER

Headlines, PublicNet: 25 April, 2006

Hospital doctors and General Practitioners say they are keen to develop new models of healthcare with generalists and specialists working together for the benefit of NHS patients. A joint statement is being issued today by the Royal College of General Practitioners and the Royal College of Physicians looking at how that closer working can come about.The statement , ‘Making the best use of doctors’ skills – a balanced partnership’ has been produced following the health and social care White Paper ‘Our health, our care, our say’. The White Paper proposed the reshaping of the Health Service with care being moved out of acute hospitals and into the community where that is appropriate.

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STUDY SAYS IMPROVING SKILLS MAY BE WAY TO TACKLE PERSISTENT POVERTY

Headlines, PublicNet: 25 April, 2006

Research to be unveiled today at a conference at the London School of Economics will demonstrate clearly the link between childhood poverty and the problem going on into adulthood life. Then organisers say this is the first time that a nationally representative study has shown how people who grow up poor face poverty into middle age. They say, too, that this trend is getting worse.Today’s ‘Poverty over the lifecycle’ conference will see the publication of a study produced for the Joseph Rowntree Foundation. The organisers say that while children in poverty are the focus of much attention, the new report examines the experiences of adults to assess the impact of a failure to deal with childhood poverty.

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E-LOCAL STRATEGIC PARTNERSHIP PROJECT

Abstracts, PublicNet: 24 April, 2006

This report, prepared by Hampshire County Council, acting as the lead authority for the South East region group of councils, outlines a model system for local strategic partnerships to share data. The model includes project documents such as those setting outcomes, targets, milestones, and deliverables. It also covers performance indicators, and performance against milestones and core data sets at small area levels making it possible to prepare analyses at levels below district.A model support site has been developed to prototype ideas for mutual support of LSPs. It will work with the Government Office for the South East to establish whether this could be implemented on their website or an equivalent regional website. The project will engage with LSPs to establish initial networking.

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GUIDE TO HOW TO REWARD USERS’ ROLE IN SERVICE IMPROVEMENT

Headlines, PublicNet: 24 April, 2006

A new guide has been produced to explain how patients involved in improving care services should be paid or have their expenses reimbursed. The Reward and Recognition guide has been developed jointly by the Department of Health and the Care Services Improvement PartnershipLiam Byrne, the Minister for Care Services, said that each year hundreds of people contributed their time and expertise to help improve health and social care services. Those who were involved, he said, should be reimbursed their expenses and there might also be circumstances when volunteers deserved to be paid for their contribution.

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GOVERNMENT TO ENCOURAGE SUPPLEMENTARY SCHOOLS

Headlines, PublicNet: 24 April, 2006

The Government wants to encourage schools and education authorities to make premises available at little or no cost to supplementary schools, which it believes may have an important role in extending school hours. Supplementary schools, work with pupils outside normal classes and deal a range of work, including teaching languages and cultural heritage as well as providing inspirational role models to pupils.The Schools Minister, Andrew Adonis, has pledged Government support for the development of more and better supplementary schools, especially through the extended school and specialist school programmes.

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BRINGING DOWN THE BARRIERS TO WORK

Features, PublicNet: 21 April, 2006

By Anne E. Green and David Owen. Despite employment growth, high levels of worklessness persist for some people and in some places. The authors used census data to find out reasons for the pockets of worklessness and they suggest how the barriers to work might be tackled. Improving skill levels is one way which has been shown to be effective, but they argue that there is also a need for holistic policies looking at individuals in a broader household, neighbourhood and local labour market context.

COUNCILS URGED TO THINK OF ENTERPRISE AWARDS

Headlines, PublicNet: 21 April, 2006

Local authorities are being urged to nominate towns or cities in their areas that could be the most enterprising place in the country. The Small Business Service is reminding councils that there are only weeks left to contact their Regional Development Agency about nominations for the regional heats of the Department of Trade and Industry’s Enterprising Britain awards.The competition was launched in January to find the country’s most enterprising hotspot, the place that has created jobs, brought communities together, and made a real difference to local businesses and local people. Winning regional entries will go forward to the national finals and the overall winner will represent the UK against the most enterprising places from across Europe.

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GRANTS DELAY THREATENS HEALTH CARE WORK OF VOLUNTARY GROUPS

Headlines, PublicNet: 21 April, 2006

Voluntary organisations involved in delivering health and care services say delays in the payment of grants from the Department of Health are causing them severe difficulties. They should have been told the outcome of applications at the start of this year but this has not happened.The grants that are due are made under the Section 64 funding stream that is intended to help voluntary groups that support Governments work in providing health and social care. The groups applied for funding in May 2005 and were told to expect an outcome by January. Now they say they have been told by the Department that it has breached the terms of the Compact stating that the outcomes of applications should be made known within a limit of three months.

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ALL OUR FUTURES: THE CHALLENGES FOR LOCAL GOVERNANCE IN 2015

Abstracts, PublicNet: 20 April, 2006

This research report commissioned by the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister assess social, economic, organisational, technical, cultural and political key issues and trends over the next ten years.The findings of the report show that the future of local government will be less concerned with direct service delivery and more with regulation, influencing behaviour and supporting communities to respond to difference as well as caring for vulnerable groups and individuals. It means that community leadership is likely to be the single most important feature of local governance. It also means that the move away from silo working and towards joined up government at a local level will become more rather than less important.

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CALL FOR BOTTOM UP APPROACH TO LOCAL GOVERNANCE

Headlines, PublicNet: 20 April, 2006

The case for an overhaul of the local government inspection regime to give more power to Local Area Agreements and a greater role for neighbourhoods in scrutiny has been set out in a pamphlet from the Local Government Information Unit. It argues for the scrapping of targets and their replacement with a ‘bottom up’ approach to local governance.The pamphlet, “Locally defined targets: better performance management”, has been produced as part of the unit’s Making Local Democracy Work campaign. It includes a warning that the Government’s current double devolution agenda will succeed only if there is greater emphasis on public service skills. The document also points out that over the next ten years the generation that have filled middle and senior management jobs will retire, creating a shortage of internally developed future leaders who have the necessary skills to manage a public sector that is becoming increasingly service orientated.

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