Archives for June 2012

PUBLIC CONCERN AT SOCIAL CARE POLICIES

Headlines, PublicNet: 14 June, 2012

A survey by the Department of Health reveals that over 70 per cent of people believe that the government has not got the right policies for social care.

Public Perceptions of the NHS and Social Care is a regular survey that provides a useful check on public sentiment and experience relating to the NHS and social care. The study has been running at regular intervals since spring 2000. It is commissioned by DoH and conducted by Ipsos Mori.

The survey highlights the growing pressure on social care services. With further local government budget cuts to follow, it signals an impending crisis in social care and the risk that this will undermine the performance of the NHS.

Richard Humphries, Senior Fellow at The King’s Fund said: “It is significant that nearly half the money allocated from the NHS budget to improve joint working between health and social care is being spent on propping up existing services and mitigating the impact of budget cuts. Using NHS funding as a sticking plaster does not address the pressures facing social care.”

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SELF POWER: SPIRITUAL SOLUTIONS TO LIFE’S GREATEST CHALLENGES

Book News, PublicNet: 13 June, 2012

Deepak Chopra has inspired millions of people to transform their lives and create their heart’s desire. In his latest book he explores ways of seeking and embracing the power source within.

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NHS PUBLIC SATISFACTION RATING PLUNGES

Headlines, PublicNet: 12 June, 2012

Public satisfaction with the way the NHS runs fell from 70 per cent in 2010 to 58 per cent in 2011. The fall is the largest since 1983 and follows a decade during which satisfaction with the NHS has increased almost every year.

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MORE MUTALS LAUNCHED TO DELIVER PUBLIC SERVICES

Headlines, PublicNet: 11 June, 2012

Another group of employee owned mutuals has been launched to deliver services to schools, youth groups and arts centres. Additional mutuals are expected to be set up to deliver health services as more funding is made available.

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NHS INFORMATION PUBLISHING GETS A MAKEOVER

Features, PublicNet: 8 June, 2012

Developing guides and publications is a challenging task in large organizations and the NHS provides the ultimate challenge. This article explains how the NHS Institute for Innovation and Improvement met the challenge by introducing the SkyDox platform.

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DERBYSHIRE LEADS THE WAY IN CHILD PROTECTION

Headlines, PublicNet: 7 June, 2012

Derbyshire County Council has introduced a ‘single child view’ computer system with case histories for children and younger adults at risk. The new system has replaced 25 systems used by a range of staff responsible for child protection.

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INCENTIVES CAN SPEED UP PAYMENTS SAYS SURVEY

Headlines, PublicNet: 6 June, 2012

Paying money to pubic bodies, including fines, can be speeded up by giving incentives. Negative incentives, such as late payment fines, are less effective.

The findings from a YouGov carried out for SAS, providers of business analytics software and services, indicate that the public sector should focus on incentivising people to pay fines and bills or complete forms on time over penalising them.

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HEALTH AND SOCIAL CARE TRANSFORMATION – A CLEAN BILL OF HEALTH

Features, PublicNet: 1 June, 2012

Peter Osborne examines the challenges posed by business change resulting from the new health and social care legislation. He describes how common pitfalls can be avoided by performing a health check and acting early on the intelligence it provides.

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