Archives for October 2013

SCHOOL ABSENCES PLUNGE TO A NEW LOW

Headlines, PublicNet: 17 October, 2013

The number of schoolchildren regularly missing school has fallen by almost 140,000 over the past 2 years.

Figures from the Department for Education show that in the first two terms of the current academic year 139,750 fewer children missed 15% or more of school compared to two years ago. This is equivalent to missing one-and-a-half years of a whole school career. The actual number of absences was down from 450,330 in the 2010-to-2011 academic year to 310,580 in the academic current year.

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CREATIVITY AT WORK

Book News, PublicNet: 16 October, 2013

With the latest theories on creative thinking, psychologist Ros Taylor investigates the pre-requisites needed in any organisation for creativity to flourish.

With a ground-breaking new study taking in 1000 participants from organizations around the world, Creativity at Work delivers astounding results, revealing common misconceptions around what creativity is and how it manifests itself and helping you to discover how to maximize your own unique approach to creativity.

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FLEXIBLE WORKING REPONSE TO GROWING SICK ABSENCE

Headlines, PublicNet: 15 October, 2013

Sick absence has risen to the 2010 level and more employers are using flexible working in response to the rising trend.

The annual CIPD/Simplyhealth Absence Management survey reveals that, after a small decrease reported in last year’s survey, absence is back up to the levels observed in 2011 and 2010, at an average of 8.7 days per employee per year in the public services sector. Absence is lower in the private sector at 7.6 days per employee. In the
manufacturing and production sector it is 6 days per employee per year. Absence levels tend to increase with organisation size, regardless of sector.

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TRANSFORMATION CHALLENGE AWARDS SUPPORT JOINED UP SERVICES

Headlines, PublicNet: 14 October, 2013

Most of the £6.9 million reward for radically overhauling public services has gone to councils, police and fire authorities for developing joint ventures. The key areas for joining up are health and social care and blue light integration of emergency services.

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MEETING HOUSING ASSOCIATION DATA NEEDS

Features, PublicNet: 11 October, 2013

Housing associations, in common with other organisations, discover that data storage requirements are increasing, partly because of requirements to store data for longer. This feature describes how North Devon Homes met the primary storage and disaster recovery requirements.

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INNOVATION: HOW IN NOVATORS THINK, ACT AND CHANGE THE WORLD

Book News, PublicNet: 10 October, 2013

Kim Chandler McDonald introduces readers to the global pioneers whose ideas and products have driven the changes that have revolutionised our world in every field.
Any organisation looking to succeed today – and tomorrow – must innovate. Innovation introduces the global pioneers whose ideas and products have driven the changes that have revolutionised our world in every field.

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TURNING THE WELFARE STATE UPSIDE DOWN? DEVELOPING A NEW SOCIAL CARE OFFER

Abstracts, PublicNet: 9 October, 2013

This paper from the University of Birmingham and Birmingham City Council warns that adult social care system is “fundamentally broken” and “unfit for purpose”. It calls for a radical shakeup for service provision.

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INTELLIGENT POLICING: HOW SYSTEMS THINKING METHODS ECLIPSE CONVENTIONAL PRACTICE

Book News, PublicNet: 8 October, 2013

The stated mission of the police service is to ‘serve and protect’ the public. But a string of centrally imposed, top-down management ‘fixes’ has forced many officers to focus instead on serving the demands of a command-and-control hierarchy driven by dysfunctional performance measures, arbitrary targets and form-filling and to protect their own backs against blame. (Other public sector workers may recognise this environment.)

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EXTENSION OF FRIENDS AND FAMILY TEST TO SHARPEN USER FEEDBACK

Headlines, PublicNet: 7 October, 2013

The simple test – answering the question “Would you recommend this service to your friends and family?” – will be extended to all NHS services in England, including mental health services, community nursing, and outpatient appointments by the end of March 2015.

The test will bring greater transparency to public services. The expectation is that it will help in driving up standards, inform user’s choice and hold providers to account. This extension of the Friends and Family Test will put more power in the hands of the public, allowing them to give clear and honest feedback on the services that peiple use every day.

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MAKING E-TENDERING GO FURTHER IN THE PUBIC SECTOR

Features, PublicNet: 4 October, 2013

Stuart Derbyshire, head of public sector at Office Depot, looks at the increasing popularity of e-tendering among public organisations, and how to get the most out of the process to ensure that tender bids not only respond to specific procurement needs that have been set out, but are also based purely on realistic, deliverable promises.

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