BETTER INVENTORY MANAGEMENT CUTS HOSPITAL COSTS

Features: November 30th, 2012

Managing supplies to hospital departments manually and re-ordering on the basis of historic information is inefficient in both supply costs and staff time. Alan Hoskins describes how introducing technology to manage the inventory has cut the costs and brought greater efficiency.

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SOCIAL MEDIA IN PUBLIC SECURITY – FINDING THE BEST WAY FORWARD

Features: November 23rd, 2012

Social media is seen by some as a threat to society and to law and order. This view was re-enforced by the use of BlackBerry Messenger in the riots. Peter Ship describes how the reverse is true. Social media is an opportunity for better public protection, but he explains that technology is required to make it effective.

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ATTRACT RETAIN AND DEVELOP

Features: November 16th, 2012

With pay freezes biting hard across public services it is becoming more difficult to recruit and retain talented people. James Malia explains how an innovative reward programme can make a difference.

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DIGITAL PARKING FINES CUT COSTS

Features: November 9th, 2012

By making everyday transactions digital, public services are offering easier ways for people to do things more simply and more quickly, as well as cutting costs. This article describes how the digital approach has been applied to parking fines.

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HI-TEC SUPPORT FOR TEACHERS WITH NEW IPAD APP

Features: November 2nd, 2012

As a growing number of educators turn to Apple’s iPad to support teaching and training in the classroom, a new app for iPad classroom management is now available from Netop.

The company, headquartered in Denmark, has announced a new free app called Vision Mobile, which allows teachers to use an iPad to control and access educational resources on a desktop PC. This provides a teacher with more flexibility and choice as to how they structure and present their lessons as they can move around the classroom, using the iPad to control the PC.

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AGENCY WORKER REGULATIONS – ONE YEAR ON

Features: October 26th, 2012

The Agency Workers Regulations were introduced one year ago. Agency workers are now entitled to the same basic employment conditions as permanent recruits after 12 weeks in the same role. Jon Milton explains how Comensura has supported clients in complying with the regulations.

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TACKLING YOUTH UNEMPLOYMENT FROM THE SCHOOL PLAYGROUND

Features: October 19th, 2012

The factors that can put a child at risk of being out of education, employment or training at age 16 are complex and varied. But uncovering them earlier is crucial to successfully improving outcomes for young people, says Dr Christopher Arnold, Senior Educational Psychologist at Sandwell Council.

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MACMILLAN: A JOURNEY OF CONTINUAL IMPROVEMENT IN SERVICE EXCELLENCE AND DELIVERY

Features: October 16th, 2012

Expanding organisations have to respond to new situations. Making sure IT facilities meet the new demands is crucially important. This feature describes how a charity turned the demand for change into an opportunity for improvement.

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GETTING SYSTEMS TO TALK TO EACH OTHER CUTS COSTS

Features: October 12th, 2012

The development of technology in the public sector to perform specific tasks has brought better services at a lower cost. It is now recognised that piecemeal development has drawbacks and that for greater efficiencies, systems must be brought together. This feature describes what happens when systems talk to systems.

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THE DAWN OF A NEW SUPER COMPUTING ERA

Features: October 5th, 2012

Super computing was formerly the preserve of organisations with a need for complex modelling or complicated simulations. The advent of the Cloud has changed the situation radically with the emergence of the high computing market (HPC). Andrew Bull explains what this means for public sector organisations and how they can benefit from this new ‘on demand’ facility to tackle such problems as work load peaks.

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