Archives for June 2010

NHS RELIANCE ON LOCUM DOCTORS ‘PUTS PATIENT SAFETY AT RISK’

Headlines, PublicNet: 30 June, 2010

A senior doctor is warning today that the heavy reliance of the NHS on locum doctors is leading to a dangerous state of affairs and putting patient safety at risk. The comments come in today’s BMJ from Professor Chris Isles who points to a poorly regulated locum sector in the UK based on his own experiences in trying to fill his medical staff rota.

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INSPECTORS WANT CONSISTENCY IN SERVICES FOR YOUNG ALCOHOL ABUSERS

Headlines, PublicNet: 30 June, 2010

Children and young people who misuse alcohol are left without the appropriate help at times because of inconsistencies in the services designed to help them, according to a report today. The report from independent inspectors says Youth Offending Teams have made good progress in identifying and addressing alcohol misuse but further improvements need to be made.

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SCRUTINY GUIDE FOR ADULT SAFEGUARDING

Abstracts, PublicNet: 30 June, 2010

The Guide sets out arrangements to safeguard adults in the local authority area and it describes how Overview and Scrutiny committees can contribute to better safeguarding in this complex and sensitive area of public service.

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CITY COUNCIL LAUNCHES ITS OWN ‘CONVERSATION’ ON CUTS

Headlines, PublicNet: 29 June, 2010

A local authority is following the Coalition Government and beginning its own public debate on spending and the future of public services. Bristol City Council has launched a major consultation which will run over the next several months.

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COUNCILS FAVOUR LOCALLY BASED SYSTEM TO REPLACE TSA

Headlines, PublicNet: 29 June, 2010

Council leaders say a locally based system to protect tenants’ rights could be the way to replace the soon-to-be abolished Tenant Services Authority. The scrapping of the Authority has been announced by the Housing Minister, Grant Shapps, who said last week that it had wasted a scandalous amount of money and was ‘toast’.

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MAKING SENSE OF CHANGE MANAGEMENT: A GUIDE TO MODELS, TOOLS AND TECHNIQUES

Book News, PublicNet: 29 June, 2010

By Esther Cameron

Making Sense of Change Management examines managing and leading change in an organization. It covers key scenarios including re-structuring, cultural change and IT-based process change.

It is aimed at anyone who wants to understand why change happens, how it happens and what needs to be done to make change a welcome rather than a dreaded concept. It offers considered insights into the many frameworks, models and ways of approaching change and helps the reader to apply the right approach to each unique situation.

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AXE FALLS ON COMPREHENSIVE AREA ASSESSMENTS

Headlines, PublicNet: 28 June, 2010

The Comprehensive Area Assessment regime, which assesses how well local public services are performing, has been abolished. It was administered by the Audit Commission. The CAA will be replaced by self assessment and by publishing performance data so that local people can form a judgement on how well public bodies are performing.

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REGIONAL DEVELOPMENT AGENCIES TO BE AXED

Headlines, PublicNet: 28 June, 2010

The nine regional development agencies will be abolished during the next two years. They follow the same fate as the eight local leader’s boards and the local government standards board.

The abolition goes ahead despite a spirited defence of the record of the agencies by Sir Harry Studholme, lead Chairman for all England’s RDAs. He argued that Government analysis shows that the RDAs are among the most efficient of all departments and agencies. Independent National Audit Office studies showed that the RDAs were making a real difference in their regions, and their latest report is likely to declare that RDAs are performing ‘strongly’ or ‘to a good standard’ across a wide range of their work.

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PUBLIC SERVICES BADLY EQUIPPED TO FIND OUT WHERE THE MONEY GOES

Headlines, PublicNet: 28 June, 2010

With the challenge of finding ways to cut budgets by 25 per cent, a survey has revealed that public services find difficulty in analysing how taxpayers’ money is spent. There is a limited use of analysis aids and a skill gap.

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SHARING SERVICES IN THE SOUTH WEST

Abstracts, PublicNet: 28 June, 2010

This programme is now available to view on localgov.tv the online television channel for public service modernisation. It reviews the shared services partnership between Somerset County Council, Taunton Deane Borough Council, Avon and Somerset Police and IBM.

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