MONITORING CARE DELIVERY TO REDUCE THE RISK OF FAILURE

Features: March 6th, 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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CUTTING YOUTH CRIME THROUGH BETTER INFORMED DECISIONS

Features: March 1st, 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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JOINING UP POLICING – FINDING A WAY FORWARD

Features: February 22nd, 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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THE SECRET TO WORK LIFE BALANCE

Features: February 15th, 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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2013: THE YEAR DATA INTEGRATION COMES OF AGE

Features: February 8th, 2013

2013 is set to be the year that data integration grabs attention of the boardroom and one particular area of focus will be business to business (B2B) data integration says Mikko Soirola, director for Liaison Technologies. Here he discusses the impact on the public sector and provides advice on the steps to consider when looking to implement a B2B data integration strategy.

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GIVE POWER TO THE NORTHERN PEOPLE DEMANDS BUSINESS ORGANISATION

Features: January 22nd, 2013

The introduction of so-called ‘metro mayors’ across the North of England would help to close the north-south economic divide, according to a business lobby group.

London and its surrounding areas account for more than one third of the UK’s economic activity, yet the combined output of the major Northern cities provides just a fifth, while there are also major disparities in the levels of regeneration and research spend per person between the two areas.

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TAKING THE PAIN OUT OF OUTSOURCING

Features: January 11th, 2013

As public sector organisations get into further rounds of budget cuts, outsourcing options are being examined more closely. In this feature Andy Vaughan offers some straightforward advice to get the best result.

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DERRY SHOWS THE WAY IN BETTER DELIVERY OF TECHNOLOGY TO THE PUBLIC SECTOR

Features: December 21st, 2012

Tom Gray describes how a new kind of public service was brought into local government with affordable technology to connect citizens to their neighbours. He argues that this initiative could provide vital clues to a way out of far too many years of bad system delivery for the public sector.

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KEEPING THE WHEELS OF HOSPITAL TECHNOLOGY TURNING

Features: December 14th, 2012

IT maintenance contracts hold no excitement, but they can lead to drama when problems are not fixed quickly. This feature describes how complex networks are kept working and how technology is used to manage incidents and support field engineers.

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IPAD BRINGS EFFICIENCY AND PRODUCTIVITY TO UNIVERSITY

Features: December 7th, 2012

Barriers in using technology are steadily coming down. The use of mobile devices has brought access to services when away from the desk. Alan Laing explains how iPads are now used to make communication more efficient and productive.

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