Archives for February 2013

WATCHDOG CALLS FOR ACTION TO DELIVER SAVINGS IN PROCUREMENT

Headlines, PublicNet: 28 February, 2013

Government departments are dragging their feet in the use of central contracts to procure goods and services. Without action by the Cabinet Office the predicted savings will not be achieved. The warning comes from the National Audit Office.

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UNIVERSAL CREDIT DELIVERY STRENGTHENED TO ALLAY FEARS OF FAILURE

Headlines, PublicNet: 27 February, 2013

Delivery of Universal Credit, which brings radical change to the UK benefits system, is being strengthened with leadership changes and a more focused implementation programme. This is a response to concerns across Whitehall that the project may be heading for disaster.

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THIRD SECTOR PERFORMANCE

Book News, PublicNet: 26 February, 2013

This booK, edited by Graham Manville and Richard Greatbanks, begins to fill a void in the knowledge base about the Third Sector. Third sector organizations are not the same as conventional businesses and are also subtly different from the public sector. There is currently a dearth of knowledge and a lack of research into issues around performance in the Third Sector or Civil Society.

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CENTRE FOR SOCIAL ACTION TO PROMOTE PUBLIC SECTOR REFORM

Headlines, PublicNet: 25 February, 2013

The Cabinet Office has announced the launch in April 2013 of a Centre for Social Action. It will support organisations who want to mobilise people to take part in social action.

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JOINING UP POLICING – FINDING A WAY FORWARD

Features, PublicNet: 22 February, 2013

Now that the new Police and Crime Commissioners are established in their new roles, one of their most urgent priorities is the need to proactively tackle the lack of joined-up policing in the UK. John Gillon explains the challenge of joining up not only different organisations, but also of joining up the functional areas within each police force. He also suggests how the challenge can be addressed.

The country’s investigative agencies have been talking about this problem for more than a decade but it continues to be a serious issue. Contrary to popular belief, this failing is not restricted to communication failures between police forces and investigative agencies across the UK, but is an even more serious issue within individual forces.

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LEADERSHIP PROGRAMME JOINS NHS CULTURE CHANGE INITIATIVE

Headlines, PublicNet: 21 February, 2013

A leadership programme to support the Health Secretary’s commitment to transform the culture of the NHS will be launched in September It will involve 25,000 staff who are in key positions to transform the working culture of the NHS.

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BETTER USE OF TECHNOLOGY CAN IMPROVE CARE AND CUT NHS COSTS

Abstracts: 20 February, 2013

Greater use of information and digital technology in the NHS and social care will bring benefits to patients and staff according to a new study.

The study by Price Waterhouse Coopers, ommissioned by the Department of Health, found that measures such as more use of text messages for negative test results, electronic prescribing and electronic patient records could improve care, allow health professionals to spend more time with patients and save billions of pounds.

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DRIVEN TO LEAD: GOOD BAD AND MISGUIDED LEADERSHIP

Book News, PublicNet: 19 February, 2013

In this book Paul Lawrence sets out a comprehensive general theory of leadership. He describes good leadership as he sees it as well as the potential for bad leadership.

He outlines a scientific framework, which is grounded in evolutionary biology, that helps thinking about leadership successes and failures throughout history and how it is possible to see humanity’s need for better leadership going forward. The framework provides a way to understand the elements of leadership that give insights into events from the past and into new situations as they develop.

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PUBLIC SECTOR JOINS THE CAMPAIGN AGAINST TAX AVOIDANCE

Headlines, PublicNet: 18 February, 2013

The government is to use a six year old EU procurement directive to ban companies and individuals involved in failed tax avoidance schemes from securing public contracts.

The rules, which will come into effect in April 2013, require potential suppliers to disclose their recent tax compliance history, and specifically to reveal whether a tax return has recently been found to be incorrect as a result of a tax avoidance challenge or if there has been any involvement in a failed tax avoidance scheme.

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THE SECRET TO WORK LIFE BALANCE

Features, PublicNet: 15 February, 2013

Getting the work life balance right is sometimes seen as a juggling act with time. Janice Haddon explains that it is much more complicated than that. Getting the right balance is about meeting our needs and she offers a way to analyse what those needs are. She describes how, using the analyis it’s possible to improve satisfaction levels and get a better work life balance.

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