Archives for June 2006

EXPERTS LOOK AT BEST APPROACH TO SHARING PATIENTS’ ELECTRONIC RECORDS

Headlines, PublicNet: 30 June, 2006

Opposing systems for sharing electronic patient records in the National Health Service are examined in today’s British Medical Journal. It says that while the potential benefits of sharing records within health systems are broadly agreed there are still concerns over patient consent and security. Experts writing in the Journal discuss how patients should consent to the use of electronic records and how data can be kept secure.The BMJ looks at the two broad schools of thought, the so-called opt-out and opt in models. Under the first of these patients would be informed of the NHS care records service and to be given a chance to opt out if they do not want their clinical records shared within the NHS. The second model is for no sharing to happen until people state their desire for this to take place

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PRODUCTIVITY SHOULD BE INTEGRAL TO BETTER LOCAL SERVICES SAY ESSAYISTS

Headlines, PublicNet: 30 June, 2006

A new publication calls for improvements to productivity in local services to be an integral part of modern service delivery but it warns councils to guard against a ‘one size fits all’ approach to measuring productivity. The call comes in a collection of essays, “Made to Measure: Understanding local public service Productivity” from the New Local Government Network.The essays have been written by key figures in local government and think tanks as well as academics, who assess the challenges facing local authorities in offering value for money, greater accessibility and more choice. Together they argue that local authorities should see increased productivity as a way to prove to a sceptical electorate that they can deliver even better services.

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DOES PARTICIPATION WORK?

Features, PublicNet: 30 June, 2006

By Ben Page This article was first published in Public Management and Policy and is reproduced by permission of the Association. http://www.cipfa.org.uk/pmpa/index.cfm Much has been done in recent years to develop more citizen-focused public services. Public participation is vital for developing a citizen-focus, but there have been varying degrees of failure to engage the public. The author looks at the reasons for the lack of public interest and suggests ways to improve engagement, including making councillors more effective.

MANAGER’S GUIDE TO PERFORMANCE MANAGEMENT

Book News, PublicNet: 29 June, 2006

The guide from the Audit Commission and the Improvement and Development Agency summarises the key messages from the Performance Management, Measurement and Information project. It aims to raise awareness and understanding of the subject and promote its effective use among council managers. It describes an effective performance management system and the culture needed to make it work. It outlines improvements achieved in many councils and how performance management can accelerate that improvement.The guide includes setting a vision and priorities, planning for success for corporate and service plans, targeting improvement and the performance measurement framework. It highlights a range of tools, guidance and case studies developed through the Performance Management project.

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NEW STANDARDS FOR BUILDING CONTROL SERVICES

Headlines, PublicNet: 29 June, 2006

New measures have been announced to increase compliance with building standards and improve the way that local authorities and approved building control bodies carry out their building regulations work. The new system of Performance Indicators and updated Performance Standards has been developed by the Building Control Performance Standards Advisory Group.The new measures are designed as a framework to help improve the quality of the services councils and other regulators offer and they will also measure authorities’ performance on compliance, staff development and customer service. The Government is planning to review Building Regulations because it wants to ensure they do not impose a disproportionate burden for builders while at the same time ensuring buildings meet energy efficiency, health and safety and accessibility standards.

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KELLY SAYS WHITE PAPER WILL BREATHE LIFE INTO DECISION MAKING

Headlines, PublicNet: 29 June, 2006

Ruth Kelly has promised that measures in the forthcoming White Paper on Local Government will build on the success of work that has been done to break down barriers between the public and government institutions. She underlined the Government’s commitment to empowering local people to shape local policies and said the sharing of power between central and local government and communities was essential.The Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government was speaking at the launch of the first annual review of the action plan, “Together We Can”. She praised schemes working to give residents more control over their communities and promised to build on this approach. “I am excited about the forthcoming White Paper and I want to see more people being able to have their say in the decisions that have such a profound effect on what matters to them and their communities. It will breathe life into our democratic decision making,” she said.

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RECRUITMENT AND RETENTION SURVEY

Abstracts, PublicNet: 28 June, 2006

The annual survey of recruitment and retention from the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development shows that employers are responding to recruitment difficulties and new age regulations by recruiting older workers. The survey shows that 70% of employers are actively seeking to recruit people aged between 55 and pension age, while 31% of organisations are seeking to recruit people already entitled to the state pension.The survey also shows an increase in e-recruitment with almost two thirds of organisations using this approach. The main reason for using e-recruitment was reducing costs (71%), followed by broadening the selection pool (60%) and reducing the time it takes to hire (47%). Despite almost half (47%) of organisations agreeing that e-recruitment will replace paper based applications in the future, the same number believe online recruitment is increasing the number of unsuitable applicants. Website recruitment is also increasing with 75% of organisations using corporate websites to attract applicants, compared to just 67% last year.

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ELECTRONIC MARKET PLACE OPENS UP PUBLIC SERVICE CONTRACTS

Headlines, PublicNet: 28 June, 2006

Small businesses can now find out about local and central government contracts from a new business portal which has been designed to remove the barriers faced by small and medium sized companies seeking contracts in the public sector.The new portal advertises more than 7,000 lower value contracts, usually less than 100,000 pounds. Some 10,000 suppliers have also registered their interest in the portal and this ensures that their expertise is seen by hundreds of public sector procurers. This is the first Government-supported service of its kind in the UK.

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MINISTER SETS OUT VISION FOR CITY REGIONS

Headlines, PublicNet: 28 June, 2006

Ruth Kelly, Minister for Communities and Local Government, has called for a central, local government partnership to create city regions to support economic and cultural growth. The Minister wants a further strengthening in local leadership and the creation of structures and ways of working that look forward.An urban explosion is the great motivator for change. In 1925, one quarter of the world’s population lived in cities. In 2025, it will be three-quarters. By that date, 17 of the world’s 25 largest cities will be in coastal regions in Asia. Today cities succeed by offering proximity to people and their ideas and by strong leadership. City leadership is crucial in developing economic strategies that reflect the reality of the economic challenge. Many challenges cut across local authority areas, suggesting that some key decisions need to be taken across the city-region.

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BUCKING THE TREND

Book News, PublicNet: 27 June, 2006

This report from the Department of Work and Pensions builds on earlier research showing the importance of work for parents if their children are to break out of cycles of deprivation. Children who live in poverty are more likely to grow up to be poor, with 16-year-olds growing up in a household where no parent works at higher risk of still being in poverty at age 30. Children who are poor but have parents who take an interest in their schooling and read to them when they are young are more likely to pull themselves out of poverty.The report shows that a father’s level of interest in his son’s education has a significant impact on how well he does at school. Having a father with little or no interest in their education reduces their chances of bucking the trend by 25%. A mother’s interest has a similarly big impact on the performance of her daughter in the classroom. It also shows that early educational achievement is key if a child in a poor household is to lift themselves out of poverty by the age of 30. It finds that parents can play a central role in influencing how well their offspring do.

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