NHS INFORMATION PUBLISHING GETS A MAKEOVER

Features: June 8th, 2012

Developing guides and publications is a challenging task in large organizations and the NHS provides the ultimate challenge. This article explains how the NHS Institute for Innovation and Improvement met the challenge by introducing the SkyDox platform.

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HEALTH AND SOCIAL CARE TRANSFORMATION – A CLEAN BILL OF HEALTH

Features: June 1st, 2012

Peter Osborne examines the challenges posed by business change resulting from the new health and social care legislation. He describes how common pitfalls can be avoided by performing a health check and acting early on the intelligence it provides.

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THE FUTURE OF PROCUREMENT IN THE PUBLIC SECTOR

Features: May 24th, 2012

Lord Andrew Adonis argues that public sector procurement can deliver more efficiency and reduce costs further. In this article he describes the changes that are taking place and he points the way to transforming the procurement process across the board.

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ENSURING THE FUTURE OF PUBLIC SECTOR ORGANISATIONS THROUGH REAL LEADERSHIP

Features: May 18th, 2012

In this article Graham Jones characterises two styles of public service leadership: the ‘safe’ and the ‘real’. He explores the effect of the two styles on organisations and suggests what can be done to create a beneficial leadership culture.

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FLOWER POWER ON THE HIGH ST

Features: May 4th, 2012

John Williamson explains how local authorities use floral displays to boost the local economy.

We all know that appearances are important. There can be few more depressing sights than a deserted high street with boarded up shops and litter everywhere. Unfortunately, this is becoming an all too common sight in our town centres and it seems that dilapidation simply begets yet more decay, creating areas of depression and poverty.

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CHANGING THE CULTURE SO SMALL AND MEDIUM ENTERPRISES WIN MORE PUBLIC CONTRACTS

Features: April 23rd, 2012

The Government wants more public contracts to be offered to small and medium sized enterprises. But delivering this change across all public sector organisations is difficult. Graeme Young explores the procurement culture which favours the larger companies and he looks at the barriers and risks to doing things differently.

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CYBERCRIME AND THE PUBLIC SECTOR

Features: March 9th, 2012

Public sector organisations are holding increasing amounts of sensitive data. At the same time, the sector is increasingly being targeted by cyber criminals. Chris Hardy looks at what can be done to counter the growing cyber threat.

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THE ROLE OF LOCAL GOVERNMENT IN BRITAIN IN BLOOM

Features: March 2nd, 2012

John Williamson of horticultural suppliers Amberol has advice for local authorities taking part in this year’s Britain in Bloom competition.

The eyes of the world will be firmly focused on the UK in 2012 with the arrival of the Olympics, as well as the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee historic celebrations, so it is particularly important that our public areas look their best. Britain in Bloom has played a fundamental part in developing more attractive communal landscapes, transforming city centres, towns and villages, bringing people together to restore pride in their neighbourhoods.

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RAISING THE ATTAINMENT OF PRE-SCHOOL CHILDREN BY POSITIVE DEVIANCE

Features: February 24th, 2012

The life chances of children are directly related to the quality of parenting. This article explains how parenting skills can be improved to increase the attainment level of pre-school children.

In Gosport, children’s attainment is below the national average. Little Waves Children’s Centre and Woodward Lewis used “Positive Deviance” facilitation to address the problem from within the community. By mobilising a group of mums, who got together to learn from each other on how to overcome barriers to their child’s learning and development, a new support group has been established and practical methods to addressing the problem are being disseminated throughout the community.
The impetus for the programme came from the 2009 Children’s attainment results, which showed attainment in Hampshire as low when compared to the rest of the UK. Children in the pre-school age group scored just 51.8%. The Gosport district of Hampshire scored the lowest at only 41.8%, 10% lower than the rest of the country.

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MOBILE WORKING IN LOCAL GOVERNMENT SET TO GO MAINSTREAM

Features: February 17th, 2012

The size and scope of mobile working projects expected to increase dramatically across local government in the next two to three years. This article looks at the benefits and barriers to its development.

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