FROM TARGETS TO ENTITLEMENT POLL 17 JULY 2009 – FINDINGS

Features: July 23rd, 2009

To what extent will an entitlement disperse power to service users?

Little. No difference. Great deal.
All categories 45% 26% 28%
Council members 45% 33% 22%
Council officers 30% 30% 40%
Civil servants 50% 0% 50%

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PUBLIC AGENCY PARTNERING

Features: July 17th, 2009

By John Tizard

This article was first published in Public Management and Policy and is reproduced by permission of the Association. http://www.cipfa.org.uk/pmpa/index.cfm

Joined –up government has become a key feature of the public sector. Moving the focus of public services away from the provider and on to the user has changed the perspective. Not only is the user disinterested in who provides the service, it is critical that the different providers get their act together and combine their resources, working as an integrated team. The author describes how the University of Birmingham is promoting partnership working.

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THE KEY TO TRAINING THROUGH A RECESSION

Features: July 10th, 2009

By Fiona Hudson-Kelly

When budget cuts are introduced the first thought is frontline services must be protected. One consequence of this is that training is often the first casualty because its impact is rarely measured and the only numbers available relate to the costs. Another approach is to tackle the problem in an innovative way. Review, rather than cut is a better way forward. Here is a framework for reviewing training to get the best value from a reduced budget.

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COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT IN LOCAL SERVICES

Features: July 3rd, 2009

By Kathryn Ray, Maria Hudson, Verity Campbell-Barr and Isabel Shutes

Community involvement in local services is widely recognized as desirable, particularly if the services are to meet the real need. The role of officers and their managers is crucial to making involvement work. The authors examined the challenges facing officials in securing involvement. They also describe measures that might be taken to support officials in meeting the challenge. The role played by public officials – paid officials employed by public bodies – is important in affecting the extent to which community views can have an influence.This includes the way they interact with communities and their role in influencing what happens to the views expressed. The research explored this through a case study of one London borough (Haringey).

Officials’ attitudes, views and feelings

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CELEBRATING TEN YEARS OF HEALTHIER LIVING AND LEARNING

Features: June 26th, 2009

By Jeremy Wight

Health, wellbeing and attainment are closely bound up with each other and all three have to be promoted at the same time. Poverty of aspiration underlies failures in areas such as teenage pregnancy, drugs and alcohol. The National Healthy Schools Programme, which tackles all these issues, is celebrating its tenth anniversary year. It has become well-established as one of the country’s most widely embraced non-statutory government initiatives in schools.

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COMMONSENSE INNOVATION

Features: June 19th, 2009

Irene Lucas

This article was first published in Public Management and Policy and is reproduced by permission of the Association. http://www.cipfa.org.uk/pmpa/index.cfm

Public services must innovate if they are to meet expectations and the warning of budget cuts in the future have served to place greater emphasis on doing things differently. The author presents a view of innovation from the local government perspective. She describes how innovation has been fostered and calls for a public service wide initiative to change the culture away from risk aversion and towards creativity.

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CHEMOTHERAPY CANCER TREATMENT SPEEDED UP

Features: June 12th, 2009

Chemotherapy cancer treatment is a complicated business and introducing new drugs can take months. In a move to tackle this problem the NHS, the drug industry and the IT sector collaborated to develop software, now available on the Internet, that has reduced development time for new drugs from three months to a few hours.

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COLLABORATIVE PROCUREMENT SAVINGS LACK CREDIBILITY

Features: June 8th, 2009

Collaborative Procurement, part of the Treasury’s Operational Efficiency Programme is expected to deliver savings of £7.7 billion by 2013-14. Publicnet provides an overview of the Programme. This figure is credible using arithmetic as the basis for calculation, but there is concern that reality has not been properly factored into the equation.

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PARENT POWER OPENS UP FIELD OF OPPORTUNITIES

Features: June 5th, 2009

Schools have an important role to play in promoting the physical and mental health of children, but often they are held back by a lack of facilities. The aim of the National Healthy Schools Programme is to give support and encouragement to pump prime change. But change also depends on the school, its governors, staff and above all on the parents. This is an example of the power that parents can wield in creating a healthy physical and mental environment for their children.

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COLLABORATIVE PROCUREMENT SUCCESS DEPENDS ON MANAGEMENT INFORMATION

Features: June 1st, 2009

Collaborative procurement of goods and services across all UK public bodies will only deliver the predicted £7.7 billion efficiency savings if the quality of management information can be raised to an acceptable level. Because public services function independently, procurement is fragmented and there are no consistent data standards. Collaborative procurement efficiency savings are part of the Treasury’s ‘Operational Efficiency Programme’. Publicnet provides an overview of the Programme.

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