Archives for March 2013

MOBILE HEALTH WORKER PROJECT DELIVERS BENEFITS

Abstracts, PublicNet: 14 March, 2013

The report on the introduction of mobile devices at 11 NHS pilot sites sets out the benefits of mobile technology for health staff and patients.

The aims of the project were to understand the requirements of mobile working, and to demonstrate that increased productivity and efficiency can be achieved by making changes to working processes.

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COLLEGES RESPONDING TO DIGITALLY ENABLED LEARNERS

Features, PublicNet: 13 March, 2013

Rob Elliot discusses the position of mobile technology in the increasingly competitive world of further education.

From September 2013, further education (FE) and sixth form colleges will be able to begin recruiting 14 and 15 year-olds, which is likely to spark a major transformation in the hotly contested race for the best students.

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UNIVERSAL CREDIT LEADERSHIP CHANGE CONTRADICTS ASSURANCES THAT PROGRAMME IS ON COURSE

Headlines, PublicNet: 12 March, 2013

A further change in leadership of the Universal Credit Programme, which will bring radical change to the UK benefits system, contradicts assurances that delivery is on course and staff changes result from moving from system design to implementation. The Programme is due to go live in April 2013 on a very limited scale.

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THINK TANK CALLS FOR MORE LOCALISM BACKED BY COMMUNITY BUDGETS

PublicNet: 11 March, 2013

Powers should be devolved to local communities, to make a difference in deprived neighbourhoods to allow localism to create work and opportunity. Recovery should be rooted in the communities that are most crying out for it. This call comes from ResPublica in its latest report.

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COLLABORATION AGREEMENT TAKES COMMUNITY BUDGETS TO A NEW LEVEL

Headlines, PublicNet: 8 March, 2013

An agreement between Communities and Local Government and the Department for Work and Pensions to collaborate in the Troubled Families Programme, opens a new chapter in the development of Community Budgets.

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SURVEY FINDS COUNCILS STRUGGLING WITH OUTSOURCING GOVERNANCE

Headlines, PublicNet: 7 March, 2013

As outsourcing of services by councils gathers speed a survey shows concern about how to handle the governance issues.

According to the FT outsourcing has risen from £9.6bn in 2008 to £20.4bn in 2012.. It is estimated that it could reach £101bn by 2014-15. More than 20 per cent of contracts in 2012 came from councils. About half of council waste management services are now privatised, as are 23 per cent of human resources, IT and payroll functions.

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MONITORING CARE DELIVERY TO REDUCE THE RISK OF FAILURE

Features, PublicNet: 6 March, 2013

In the wake of Gloria Foster’s tragic and avoidable death, Mark Thomas, dscusses why care monitoring is vital in helping local authorities to save lives – and money.

Hitting headlines across the country, 81 year-old Gloria Foster was discovered in an emaciated state at her home this January, after being left for nine days without the care she relied on.

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SHARED SERVICES PRIVATISED

Headlines, PublicNet: 5 March, 2013

The Department for Transport has signed a deal with arvato to take over its shared services centre in Swansea.

Under the deal arvato will provide back office services to the DfT and its executive agencies. This is expected to deliver significant savings to DfT over a seven-year period.

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NHS EMPLOYERS JOIN UP WITH HR PROFESSIONALS TO GET SENIOR MANAGERS LISTENING

Headlines, PublicNet: 4 March, 2013

Communications between senior NHS managers and staff are poor and in a move to tackle the issue NHS employers have formed a partnership with HR professional groups.

The latest NHS staff survey findings highlight the failings in communication by senior managers and consultation with NHS employees on important decisions. The Francis report on the failures at the Mid Staffordshire Hospital was also a warning to employers about the importance of employee voice.

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CUTTING YOUTH CRIME THROUGH BETTER INFORMED DECISIONS

Features, PublicNet: 1 March, 2013

Phil Neal explains why better information sharing in the youth justice process is essential to ensuring youth offending rates continue to fall.

A number of initiatives have been introduced in recent years to cut youth crime. Early intervention schemes are targeting children sooner to steer them away from criminality, there has been a push for community-based rehabilitation to improve outcomes for under-18s entering the youth justice system and custodial sentences are reserved for those who have committed the most serious offences.

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