Archives for July 2016

UNLOCKING THE POWER OF DATA FOR CHILDREN AND FAMILIES

Features, PublicNet: 29 July, 2016

Data is critical to the planning and delivery of early help for vulnerable children and families. Mark Raeburn, managing director of Capita One, looks at the essential role of the local authority data crunchers and explores how they get knowledge from information.

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TEACHERS AT CENTRE OF DEVELOPING NATIONAL DIGITAL SKILLS

Features, PublicNet: 22 July, 2016

The Science and Technology Committee released its Digital Skills Report in June, which contained a series of alarming figures. Digital skills levels are low, with over 12 million adults lacking even basic computer skills which, against a need for another 745,000 workers with digital skills to fill roles by next year , points to a serious gap between education and business need. So what is the answer? A study by Jisc, the leading provider of digital technology solutions into the education sector, suggests that investing in teacher development is the key to driving digital literacy in the UK.

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BUDGET SURVEY REVEALS DETERIORATING SOCIAL SERVICES

Abstracts, PublicNet: 14 July, 2016

A survey of social services directors has revealed a depressing picture following sustained budget reductions and a lack of confidence in making further cuts.

The annual ADASS Budget Survey is an authoritative analysis of the state of adult social care finances drawn from the experiences of current leaders in adult social care. It provides in-depth intelligence on how adult social care is responding to the multiple challenges of meeting increased expectations and need, whilst managing reducing resources in an environment where the provider and labour markets are fragile.

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DOCTORS NEED MORE AUTONOMY TO GET BETTER COMMISSIONING RESULTS

Headlines, PublicNet: 13 July, 2016

GPs need more autonomy to get greater involvement in decisions about service design. This is a key finding of research into Clinical commissioning groups.

The report published by The King’s Fund and the Nuffield Trust gives findings from a survey of GPs and practice managers in six areas of the country, conducted annually since 2013. The survey found that more than 70 per cent of CCG members were at least ‘somewhat’ engaged with the work of their CCG. This compares favourably with engagement levels under practice-based commissioning, the previous approach to involving GPs in commissioning that was implemented in 2005.

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THE RACE TOWARDS DIGITAL TRANSFORMATION

Features, PublicNet: 8 July, 2016

There is momentum driving a digitised public sector, but progress depends on continuing public trust that personal data is secure. In this article Paul Appleby stresses the importance of robust cyber security and discusses the learning available from the private sector.

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THE PAPERWEIGHT OF THE PUBLIC SECTOR

Features, PublicNet: 1 July, 2016

Relying less on paper and moving to digitized information is a long term aspiration of public sector organisations, but progress has been slower than in the private sector. In this feature Jason Howard suggests a data management approach to overcome the barriers that are impeding transformation.

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