Archives for October 2014

LANDLORDS SUPPORT SHARING OF UNIVERSAL CREDIT DATA

Headlines, PublicNet: 13 October, 2014

Landlords have welcomed a consultation by the Department for Work and Pensions seeking views on sharing Universal Credit claimant information with social landlords and local authorities.

Allpay, the public sector payment specialist, said that the scheme would help landlords to assess and provide targeted support to their tenants in relation to managing their financial affairs.

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IS THE WARD CAMERA THE ENEMY OF AN INFORMATION SHARING NHS?

PublicNet: 10 October, 2014

Mark Winstone discusses how technology is dealing with a growing problem in the NHS: photography management

Hospitals often need to take photographs of patients to record injuries or the progress of specific conditions, e.g. of injuries, severe rashes, a nasty bed sore and so on. Historically these images were taken and maintained by in-house photography teams with their own-on-site darkroom, but in the age of the digital camera such facilities are being wound down.

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CARING RESPONSIBILITIES RISING BUT EMPLOYERS NOT RESPONDING

Headlines, PublicNet: 9 October, 2014

More than one in three employers report that absence levels have increased because their staff are struggling to cope with their caring responsibilities outside of work. But new figures from the CIPD, the professional body for HR and people development, show that just one in six organisations have policies in place to help achieve a better balance between their home and working lives.

The annual CIPD/Simplyhealth Absence Management survey shows that savvy employers put policies in place to help staff fulfil their caring responsibilities outside of work while continuing to meet the demands of their job. Flexible working arrangements are by far the most common type of support (68%), followed by compassionate leave (53%) and paid or unpaid carers’ leave (48%).

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INVESTMENT MIGRATION COUNCIL GIVES INDUSTRY A VOICE

Headlines, PublicNet: 8 October, 2014

The Investment Migration Council has been formed by leading experts within the immigration and citizenship-by-investment industry to bring together the foremost stakeholders within the field and to give the industry a voice.

The Council will help to improve public understanding of the issues faced by clients and governments and promote education and demand the highest professional standards and ethics among its members.

The Chairman of the Council, Professor Dr. Dimitry Kochenov of the University of Groningen, Netherlands, said, “The IMC will set industry standards on a global level, and interact with other professional associations, academic leaders, governments and international organizations in relation to investment migration”.

The investment migration industry has grown significantly over the past decade. Immigration and citizenship options for investors have become topics of significant interest among international clients as well as practitioners and companies providing services to such clients. Likewise, countries are increasingly keen in attracting more foreign direct investment through investor immigration and citizenship programs.

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IMPLEMENTING CHANGE IN FIELD SERVICES

Features, PublicNet: 7 October, 2014

John Cameron describes the criteria for successful change management in field services.

When an organisation, large or small, is implementing any change to the way it works, whether it is rolling out new technology or processes or ways of working, there are a number of challenges which need to be overcome and key criteria for success that need to be realised in order to achieve a successful outcome. To name a few, top-down leadership, engaging the workforce and having the right processes and strategies in place are essential.

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WATCHDOG WARNS OF INEQUALITY IN HEALTHCARE FUNDING

Headlines, PublicNet: 6 October, 2014

The Department of Health and NHS England are struggling to allocate funding fairly to local commissioners of healthcare, according to the National Audit Office.

A total of £79 billion has been allocated to local commissioners in 2014-15, equivalent to £1,400 per person. Following the reforms to the health system in 2013, the three different sets of commissioners (clinical commissioning groups, NHS England area teams and local authorities) receive separate funding allocations to commission services for their local populations.

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CIVIL SERVICE CREATES CHIEF EXECUTIVE JOB TO DRIVE DIGITAL TRANSFORMATION

Headlines, PublicNet: 3 October, 2014

The civil service has appointed its first chief executive, with a remit to drive digital transformation across Whitehall.

John Manzoni, currently head of the Major Projects Authority in the Cabinet Office, will step up to the new CEO role on 13 October. The role effectively combines some responsibilities of the former head of the civil service Sir Bob Kerslake and former Cabinet Office chief operating officer Stephen Kelly. Manzoni will work alongside cabinet secretary and now head of the civil service Sir Jeremy Heywood.

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POWER TO DEMAND SOCIAL VALUE MAY BE EXTENDED TO ALL PUBLIC SERVICE CONTRACTS

Headlines, PublicNet: 2 October, 2014

The Social Value Act requires people who commission, or buy, public services to consider securing added economic, social or environmental benefits for their local area. This power has been used successfully with service contracts in the past year and a review is now considering extension to all contracts.

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EMPLOYING MIGRANT WORKERS HELPS TO GROW BUSINESSES

Abstracts, PublicNet: 1 October, 2014

Employers who’ve turned to EU migrants to fill vacancies in recent years say they’ve done so because these recruits have brought the experience and commitment needed to support growth. This is a major conclusion from research by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development.

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