Archives for July 20th, 2006

JUDGEMENT IN MANAGERIAL DECISION MAKING

Book News, PublicNet: 20 July, 2006

By Max H. BazermanIn situations requiring careful judgment, we’re all influenced by our own biases to some extent. But, with Max Bazerman’s Judgment in Managerial Decision Making you can learn how to overcome those biases to make better managerial decisions.

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TASKFORCE WILL EASE STEPS TO NHS CARE RECORDS SYSTEM

Headlines, PublicNet: 20 July, 2006

Details have been announced of the taskforce that will study outstanding issues and concerns arising from plans to set up a Summary Care Record system in the National Health Service. The team has been established to aid the introduction of the first phase of the NHS Care Records Service and will report to ministers at the end of November.The first phases of the NHS Care Records Service will be introduced in a small number of locations from early next year and the experience from those sites will be evaluated before a wider roll out during 2008. Each record will be created from information held in a number of places, which is automatically brought together when it is needed. A summary of care and clinical history will be held on a national database so particularly important patient information is always accessible.

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COMMISSION’S ANNUAL REVIEW HIGHLIGHTS IMPACT ON PUBLIC SERVICES

Headlines, PublicNet: 20 July, 2006

The Audit Commission has published its annual review and says it shows the impact its work is having on public services as well as underlining its continued drive to improve financial management, value for money and the quality of services. “Annual review 2005/6 Getting Better Value from Public Services” includes case studies where the Commission believes its work has had a direct affect on services.The review says a highlight of the last financial year was the launch of the revised version of Comprehensive Performance Assessment – CPA – the Harder Test- for local authorities. It says the new, more challenging measure for single tier authorities and county councils showed 70 per cent of councils were rated as improving strongly or well. The review cites as an example Wiltshire County Council, where two corporate priority areas emerged from CPA, raising public satisfaction with the authority and increasing the focus on clients and users. The authority is now a 3 star council recognised by the Commission as improving strongly.

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