COUNCILS CRITICISED FOR FAILING TO MAKE SAVINGS FROM ONLINE SERVICES

Headlines: October 28th, 2013

Four out of ten councils have not saved money from using digital tools and technologies despite potential efficiencies of up to £12 million each being available.

Local Government Minister Brandon Lewis criticized those councils that have failed to make savings. Councils which have delivered digital savings have reduced their spending by an average of £1 million and the minister urged all local authorities to take advantage. He said: It is troubling that 40 per cent of councils are yet to drive efficiencies from this opportunity and I would urge these councils to reach out, learn from the best, and accelerate their digital programmes.

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LACK OF GP ENGAGEMENT LIMITING PROGRESS ON CARE CO-ORDINATION

Headlines: October 24th, 2013

GPs need to play a stronger role in co-ordinating care for people with long-term or chronic conditions, according to a new report from The King’s Fund.

Co-ordinated Care for People with Complex Chronic Conditions, funded by Aetna and the Aetna Foundation in the United States, compares five UK-based case studies with a proven track-record in providing care co-ordination in primary and community care settings. It identifies the critical success factors that enable effective care co-ordination and how these might be transferrable to different settings, in the United Kingdom and elsewhere.

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3D PRINTERS COMING TO SCHOOLS

Headlines: October 23rd, 2013

A trial of 3D printers in 20 schools has shown that they do enrich teaching across science, technology, engineering,mathematics and design subjects. The schools were successful in exploring innovative ways of using the technology to help teach more complex scientific and mathematical ideas.

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LONDON COUNCILS LAUNCH PARTNERSHIP

Headlines: October 22nd, 2013

The 32 London boroughs have launched London Ventures, a partnership to develop innovative projects across borough boundaries.

The partnership has been designed by the Capital Ambition board, which for the past 5 years has fostered collaboration across the boroughs in its role as the regional improvement and efficiency partnership.

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WATCHDOG GIVES SUPPORT TO WHOLE PLACE COMMUNITY BUDGETS

Headlines: October 21st, 2013

The National Audit Office has given support to the initiative to join up public services. It describes the Whole Place Community Budget programme as potentially significant in providing a model for the future policy design and delivery of services.

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SCHOOL ABSENCES PLUNGE TO A NEW LOW

Headlines: October 17th, 2013

The number of schoolchildren regularly missing school has fallen by almost 140,000 over the past 2 years.

Figures from the Department for Education show that in the first two terms of the current academic year 139,750 fewer children missed 15% or more of school compared to two years ago. This is equivalent to missing one-and-a-half years of a whole school career. The actual number of absences was down from 450,330 in the 2010-to-2011 academic year to 310,580 in the academic current year.

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FLEXIBLE WORKING REPONSE TO GROWING SICK ABSENCE

Headlines: October 15th, 2013

Sick absence has risen to the 2010 level and more employers are using flexible working in response to the rising trend.

The annual CIPD/Simplyhealth Absence Management survey reveals that, after a small decrease reported in last year’s survey, absence is back up to the levels observed in 2011 and 2010, at an average of 8.7 days per employee per year in the public services sector. Absence is lower in the private sector at 7.6 days per employee. In the
manufacturing and production sector it is 6 days per employee per year. Absence levels tend to increase with organisation size, regardless of sector.

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TRANSFORMATION CHALLENGE AWARDS SUPPORT JOINED UP SERVICES

Headlines: October 14th, 2013

Most of the £6.9 million reward for radically overhauling public services has gone to councils, police and fire authorities for developing joint ventures. The key areas for joining up are health and social care and blue light integration of emergency services.

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EXTENSION OF FRIENDS AND FAMILY TEST TO SHARPEN USER FEEDBACK

Headlines: October 7th, 2013

The simple test – answering the question “Would you recommend this service to your friends and family?” – will be extended to all NHS services in England, including mental health services, community nursing, and outpatient appointments by the end of March 2015.

The test will bring greater transparency to public services. The expectation is that it will help in driving up standards, inform user’s choice and hold providers to account. This extension of the Friends and Family Test will put more power in the hands of the public, allowing them to give clear and honest feedback on the services that peiple use every day.

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RURAL BROADBAND MISMANAGED SAY MPs

Headlines: September 26th, 2013

The Public Accounts Committee has criticized the management of the programme intended to give super fast broadband to 90 per cent of homes by 2015. They claim it has been badly run.

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