RESEARCHERS SAY HOSPITAL COMPETITION IS SAVING LIVES

Headlines: July 8th, 2010

Competition between English NHS hospitals is saving lives and cutting the time that patients spend in hospital, according to a new study today. Researchers at Bristol University, Carnegie Mellon University and Imperial College London have found the benefits are achieved without any increase in overall spending.

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COMMISSION CALLS ON COUNCILS TO GET TO GRIPS WITH NEEDS OF NEETS

Headlines: July 7th, 2010

The Audit Commission says an annual Government survey of so-called NEETs – young people who are not in education, employment or training – has underestimated the scale of the problem. The Commission believes a new approach could make scarce resources work harder to help the young people and is calling on councils to do more to meet their needs.

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STUDY FINDS NO EVIDENCE THAT A&E TARGET BENEFITS CLINICAL CARE

Headlines: July 7th, 2010

A group of senior doctors say they cannot find any evidence that the four hour Accident and Emergency target set for hospitals benefits patients’ clinical care. In the BMJ today they say the system has encouraged target-led rather than needs-led care.

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MANIFESTO WANTS BOLD LEADERSHIP ON AGING FROM COUNCILS

Headlines: July 6th, 2010

Local government leaders are facing a call for a radical rethink of their approach to issues of aging as they face the challenge of meeting the increasing needs of an aging society against a background of pressure on their budgets. The call has come from Age UK in a manifesto urging a step-change to local policies and services for people in later life.

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COUNTRYSIDE ‘CAN PLAY KEY ROLE IN NATIONAL RECOVERY’ SAYS REPORT

Headlines: July 6th, 2010

Rural areas can make a big contribution to the economic recovery of the whole country according to the latest analysis from the Commission for Rural Communities. In its ‘State of the countryside’ report, published today, it also points to country people being in a good position to respond to the new local empowerment agenda.

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BLACKBURN’S INTEGRATED MANAGEMENT MODEL ‘WILL RESHAPE SERVICE DELIVERY’

Headlines: July 5th, 2010

Plans for a single integrated management team to run council and NHS services in part of Lancashire are expected to be approved this week. The radical move by Blackburn with Darwen Council and Blackburn with Darwen Teaching Care Trust Plus is designed to protect frontline services and improve local health.

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COUNCIL’S WHOLE WORKFORCE TO GET SAFEGUARDING TRAINING

Headlines: July 5th, 2010

Nottingham City Council has become one of the first councils in the country to launch innovative safeguarding awareness training for all staff, irrespective of the job they do or which department of the council they work for. Basic Safeguarding Awareness is being rolled out to about 10,000 staff and is seen as useful to them in their personal lives as well as in their professional roles.

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STUDY SHOWS COMPETITION CAN SAVE NHS MONEY

Headlines: July 2nd, 2010

A new study says competition in the health service in England improves hospital efficiency and could save the NHS significant amounts of money. Researchers at the London School of Economics have found that hospitals in areas where patients have a great deal of choice improve their efficiency more quickly than hospitals in less competitive markets.

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RURAL NETWORK AGREES PARTNERSHIP WITH BIG PROPERTY BUSINESS

Headlines: July 2nd, 2010

The Rural Services Network, the national umbrella organisation for local authorities and organisations providing public services in rural areas, has announced a strategic partnership arrangement with the property firm, Knight Frank. The Network said the partnership would ensure it could continue to highlight issues faced by rural service providers to national and local government.

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NEW LOCAL PARTNERSHIPS ‘CAN BE ENGINE ROOMS FOR GROWTH’

Headlines: July 1st, 2010

A think tank says the Local Enterprise Partnerships being proposed by the Government could become engine rooms for growth and could build on work that has already been done around the country. The New Local Government Network was responding to the announcement of the Regional Growth Fund and information on the new Partnerships sent to councils and business leaders.

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