GIVING HEALTH VISITORS A LEADERSHIP ROLE

Features: May 29th, 2009

By Colin Thunhurst

Health visitors play a vital part in promoting health in the community, but their numbers have been falling. Recent failures in child protection have put them back in the spotlight with the recognition that they could make a difference. The author argues that this focus on their value to society gives the opportunity to explore the leadership role they could play across the boundaries of the different professions.

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PROPERTY ASSET MANAGEMENT VITAL PART OF OPERATIONAL EFFICIENCY PROGRAMME

Features: May 27th, 2009

Better property asset management has the potential to deliver efficiency savings greater than all the other strands of the Treasury’s Operational Efficiency Programme put together. Publicnet provides an overview of the Programme.

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PEOPLE ASSETS SWEATED IN TOTAL PLACE PROPOSALS OF OPERATIONAL EFFICIENCY PROGRAMME

Features: May 27th, 2009

Sweating the people assets is a well tried way of increasing efficiency and the public sector has many examples of how this can be done. The ‘Total Place’ proposals, part of the Treasury’s Operational Efficiency Programme, sets out a blueprint for working smarter and making efficiency savings. The ‘Total Place’ strand of the Operational Efficiency Programme brings together elements of central government and local agencies within a place. Publicnet provides an overview of the Programme.

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OPERATIONAL EFFICIENCY PROGRAMME AVOIDS WASTING A CRISIS

Features: May 27th, 2009

Never waste a crisis, but make sure that benefit comes from all the pain and suffering. The Treasury’s Operational Efficiency Programme does just that. The recession, and particularly the government debt, has focused minds on change and created a willingness to see things differently. Public service history shows that without minds that have been opened by events it is very difficult to make change happen.

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GLASS HALF FULL?

Features: May 22nd, 2009

Chris Leslie

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

Reform of the public services is on the agenda of every Government. There are different views on priorities for change, but the fragmentation of local service delivery across a range of agencies with differing levels of accountability is high up the list. The author argues that the way forward is to decentralize and localize services giving councils the power to deliver.

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ENDING CHILD POVERTY IN A CHANGING ECONOMY

Features: May 15th, 2009

By M. Brewer, J. Browne, R. Joyce and H. Sutherland

Despite tough times ahead, there is still political consensus around the goal to end child poverty. The recession has brought changes, one of which will be that children are likely to experience more severe poverty, making it more costly to cut child poverty. The authors argue that without new policies to help low-income families, child poverty is projected to rise by 2020.

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COLLABORATIVE PROCUREMENT SHAKEUP IN UK PUBLIC SECTOR

Features: May 11th, 2009

Collaborative procurement proposals will result in a shake-up of procurement across all UK public sector organizations. It is estimated that efficiency savings £7.7 billion will be produced by 2013-14. The proposals are set out in a Treasury report ‘Operational Efficiency Programme’. The other strands of the Programme are Shared Services
Property Asset Management
and Total Place
Publicnet provides an overview of the Programme.

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WELFARE TO WORK: LESSONS ON CONTRACTING OUT

Features: May 8th, 2009

By Dan Finn

Contracting out delivery of welfare to work programmes and paying providers for getting participants into sustained employment is a Government commitment. There is widespread agreement that creating a ‘welfare market’ will lead to service innovation, improved accountability, better job outcomes, and better customer service and value for money. The author looks at similar reforms in countries like Australia and the Netherlands and highlights the downside.

The principles of the British Government’s new delivery strategy will be applied as part of the ‘flexible New Deal’ (fND). From 2009, all long-term unemployed people will be referred for employment assistance to external ‘prime contractors’ paid largely for placing people into sustained employment. Prime contractors will manage local ‘supply chains’ and deliver services directly or through subcontractors.

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PROS AND CONS OF MOVING INTO A CARE HOME

Features: May 1st, 2009

By Theresia Bäumker, Ann Netten and Robin Darton

Whether to move into a care home can be one of the most difficult decisions to make. The move itself can be one of life’s more challenging experiences. The authors looked at the before and after situations of people making the move. They assess the impact of the move and compare the costs of living at home and living in the care home which provide extra care.

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SHARED SERVICES AT FOREFRONT OF EFFICIENCY SAVINGS PLANS

Features: April 28th, 2009

Shared services are expected to deliver efficiency savings across government of some £4 billion pounds according to HM Treasury’s Operation Efficiency Programme: The other strands of the Programme are Collaborative Procurement , Property Asset Management
and Total Place. Publicnet provides an overview of the Programme.

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