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To give your citizens what they need, it’s time you asked them what they want

20th October 2017

Save money and provide better services by understanding your citizens.

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Data innovation drive receives £6m government funding boost

20th October 2017

Innovate UK is providing £6m over three years to the Open Data Institute (ODI), to advance knowledge and expertise in how data can shape the next generation of public and private services, and create economic growth.

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Kent fire service’s Dirty Dancing parody is a hit

18th October 2017

A fire safety video featuring a Dirty Dancing-inspired version of the fireman's lift has been a hit.

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Brexit offers chance to boost local economies through public procurement

17th October 2017

Brexit brings with it an opportunity to harness the power of public procurement to revive local economies, the Centre for Local Economic Strategies has argued.

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The first devolved homelessness funding package awarded to Greater Manchester

17th October 2017

Greater Manchester Mayor Andy Burnham has welcomed the government's announcement of £3.8m package to end homelessness and rough sleeping in the city.

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CQC says pharmacy can help stretched health services

17th October 2017

Care Quality Commission report shows that fewer than one in ten patients saw a pharmacist when they could not see a GP, highlighting the potential for greater use of the community pharmacy service.

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Call for councils to share costs and services in Wales

17th October 2017

Councils will have to be more creative and innovative to provide public services against a backdrop of future budget cuts, an expert has said.

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Councils hope almost half of Lichfield and Tamworth residents will pay for garden waste collection next year

17th October 2017

The partnership behind the forthcoming garden waste collection charge in Lichfield is hoping that almost half of residents will be paying to have their green rubbish taken away by the end of next year.

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South West Wales Councils go paperless

17th October 2017

South West Wales Shared Services Group, the body for one of the Principal Areas of Wales, has deployed Citrix ShareFile at Swansea Civil and Family Justice Centre to share millions of case documents securely with different agencies, to speed proceedings for child wellbeing.http://www.information-age.com/south-west-wales-councils-go-paperless-123469039/

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Service awards recognise dedication and hardwork of staff and partners

17th October 2017

Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service is set to recognise its staff at an awards ceremony this Thursday (October 12).

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How social impact bonds are funding long-term care projects

17th October 2017

Keeping children in residential care is expensive. When Birmingham city council saw an increase in older children entering care, largely through behavioural problems, it launched a six-year programme to find foster placements for them.

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Brighton and Hove council to merge with NHS commissioning body

17th October 2017

Brighton and Hove City Council is to merge with the Brighton and Hove Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG).

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London health and care devolution plans to be finalised by end of year

17th October 2017

The agreement for health and care devolution in London is due to be finalised by the end of 2017, according to the chair of the London Health and Care Devolution Programme Board, Will Tuckley.

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‘It’s time to recognise the contribution arts can make to health and wellbeing’

17th October 2017

Arts and Minds, a leading arts and mental health charity, has been running weekly art workshops for people experiencing depression, stress or anxiety in Cambridgeshire for the past seven years.

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Health and education departments to get funding boost

17th October 2017

Health and education are to benefit from the reallocation of money across Stormont departments.

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A digital framework that works for the NHS

17th October 2017

In response to the ever-increasing opportunities to use innovative digital technology to carry out essential admin tasks, NHS Shared Business Services (NHS SBS) first developed a ‘Digital Dictation, Speech Recognition & Outsourced Transcription Framework’ in 2010.

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UK joins EU and EFTA countries in signing Tallinn eGovernment Declaration

17th October 2017

The UK has joined all other EU Member States and EFTA countries in signing the eGovernement Declaration in Tallin.

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NHS Spine is a better option for data-sharing than local care records

13th October 2017

NHS England’s Sustainability and transformation partnerships (STPs) are in danger of missing a trick when it comes to sharing patient data.

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Health care and adult social care in England: 2016 to 2017

13th October 2017

This report is an assessment of the state of health care and adult social care in England in 2016 to 2017.

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Socitm Awards recognise excellence in public sector ICT

12th October 2017

A who’s who of public sector technology experts gathered inside the King Power Stadium in Leicester earlier this week as the winners of the Socitm Awards were announced.

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ADASS president: ‘Adult social care reform must be a national priority’

12th October 2017

With an eventful – but ultimately disappointing – Conservative Party conference out of the way, all eyes now rest on the chancellor’s autumn budget and the consultation on the future of adult social care that the government has promised.

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Quarter of GPs ready to swap practice contracts for collaborative deal

11th October 2017

One in four GP partners are willing to ditch their existing practice contracts and join a collaborative funding deal across their local area, according to polling by a leading think tank.

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Topic summary: The human/technology frontier in health and social care

10th October 2017

The frontier between humans and technology has become increasingly blurred; in some instances, we are seeing a merger of human biology and technology into one, in others technology has come to replace traditionally human roles.

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Derry health workers receive ‘virtual’ dementia training

10th October 2017

Health staff in Derry have taken part in an innovative new training programme aimed at allowing them to understand what people dementia experience every day.

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Collaboration of Health Care and Social Services May Decrease Medical Costs and Visits

10th October 2017

A Yale School of Public Health study finds that strengthening and better integrating social services with health care for people in need may improve health outcomes and reduce medical costs. The study—Patterns of Collaboration among Health Care and Social Services Providers in Communities with Lower Health Care Utilization and Costs— is published in the journal Health Services Research.

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Scottish Procurement Alliance delivers £1m rebate for reinvestment in communities

10th October 2017

One year on from its formation in 2016, the Scottish Procurement Alliance (SPA) used its first AGM to announce a rebate of £1,039,279 to its local authority, housing association and other registered social landlord partners across Scotland.

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Health and care catering sector secures its first accredited professional catering qualification

10th October 2017

The first professional catering qualification for health and social care catering – Level 2 Award in Professional Cookery in Health and Social Care – developed by the National Association of Care Catering (NACC), Hospital Caterers Association (HCA) and the awarding body of the Institute of Hospitality (IOH), has been officially approved on the Ofqual Regulated Qualification Framework.

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Six months on from the City Deal being signed in Swansea, this is the state of play

10th October 2017

Progress is being made behind the scenes on a £1.3 billion City Deal to create thousands of jobs in Swansea and the wider region, a council leader has insisted.

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Ask the Dentist: Joined-up approach to improving over-65s’ oral healthcare badly needed

10th October 2017

At least 1.8 million people in the UK aged 65 and over could have an urgent dental condition, a new report has suggested. The report, published by the Royal College of Surgeons, warns of at least 1.8 million pensioners suffering with dental pain, oral sepsis or extensive decay in untreated teeth.

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New issue of Emergency Services Times magazine with collaboration updates

10th October 2017

The new edition of Emergency Services Times is available with collaboration updates from page 12 onwards. 

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Council to vote on shared services reform to save £400,000

09th October 2017

A proposed management re-structure at South Ribble Borough Council and an increase in the use of shared services could save the authority £400,000.

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Councils join forces to tackle fly-tipping across Warwick district and Rugby borough

09th October 2017

Councils have joined forces to tackle the issue of fly-tipping in areas in and around Leamington and Warwick. Warwick District Council’s executive has approved a proposal for a shared service with Rugby Borough Council enforcement against businesses and residents who fly-tip or accumulate waste.

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Could immersive collaboration tools optimise public sector work?

03rd October 2017

New survey data released this week has confirmed the growing demand for modern, advanced collaboration systems – technology that the public sector is widely adopting.

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Top 10 strategic technologies for Government

03rd October 2017

After nearly a decade of “doing more with less,” government CIOs remain under pressure to further optimise IT and business costs while leading digital innovation in the public sector, according to research conducted by Gartner.

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New name for Digital Service Standard as update announced

03rd October 2017

The Government Digital Service (GDS) has announced plans to update the Digital Service Standard ahead of introducing a new name for it – ‘Government Service Standard’.

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Subsidiary merges with Salvation Army Housing Association

03rd October 2017

Chapter 1 became a subsidiary of saha in March this year following the decision to combine the strengths of both organisations in 2016.

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Merseyside housing associations step up to combined authority role

03rd October 2017

Liverpool’s metro mayor Steve Rotheram has offered housing associations a formal role in the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority’s governance arrangements.

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The NICE way of supporting STPS

03rd October 2017

Nicola Bent, programme director of system engagement at NICE, on how her organisation is helping health and care bodies develop sustainability and transformation partnerships (STPs) at a local level.
Our evidence-based guidance plays an important role in improving the health and wellbeing of people accessing frontline services. We work with health professionals, partnership organisations and at a local level to do this effectively within the health and care system. With the pressures the NHS is facing, partnership working is vital and the way forward. It’s a key element for the sustainability of high-quality services within health and social care – so much so that it’s formed STPs.

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CCGs hungry to move towards collaborative care models in 2017-18

03rd October 2017

The majority of CCGs in England are embracing change and intend to contract for a new care model this year, NHS Clinical Commissioners (NHSCC) has today stated.

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Council to vote on restructure that could save £400k a year

03rd October 2017

Councillors will vote tomorrow on proposed plans for a management restructure of South Ribble Borough Council.

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Shifting public opinion to enable progressive change by 2025

03rd October 2017

Transformation to meet service demand is key, and is an issue explored in depth in Civica’s Changing Landscape series of reports.

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Combined authorities need ‘meaningful’ fiscal devolution, progress report says

02nd October 2017

Whitehall should reopen the conversation about ‘meaningful’ fiscal devolution in order to help places attract sustainable investment, says report on the progress of combined authorities.

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Pharmacists in GP practices: the role of the medicines management team

02nd October 2017

Steve Hemsley explains how pharmacists in Bay Medical Group’s Medicines Management Team have become instrumental in easing the burden of GP shortages in Lancashire.

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Account NI Shared Service leads by example

02nd October 2017

At the heart of every large organisation is the need for efficient and seamless services to effectively support the delivery of its organisational objectives.

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Q&A: Are housing providers ready for a revolution in long term care?

27th September 2017

Tim Barclay, CEO at Appello, talks to Ian Spero, Founder of the Agile Ageing Alliance, a social business and campaigning organisation which aims to accelerate development of innovations that improve health and wellbeing in later life, about a forthcoming revolution in long-term care and the impact this will have on housing providers.

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Smart city partnership plans to shake up our cities

27th September 2017

Digital consultancy hedgehog lab has secured a contract with a Sunderland-based tech firm to develop a number of smart solutions.

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How do we deliver true social and economic value for the community?

27th September 2017

Five years on from the introduction of the Social Value Act, Alison Ramsey, frameworks co-ordinator at Scape Procure, reflects on the key questions that prompted the legislation’s introduction.

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Smarter Services – Delivering the next wave of digital transformation in the public sector

27th September 2017

The Government’s vision places the transformation of the public sector the ways in which its organisations work, share and communicate with one another – at its heart. For it to succeed Government needs to embrace not merely new technologies, but the new ways of delivering services that ‘Digital’ makes possible.

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Notting Hill Genesis names shadow executive board

27th September 2017

Split 50-50 between the two organisations, the team will report to Chief Executive Designate Kate Davies.

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Tackling homelessness together

25th September 2017

The importance of local authorities and housing associations working in partnership.

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STPs ‘need more funding and to be better implemented’

25th September 2017

Sustainability and transformation partnerships need more funding and to be better implemented, the Healthcare Financial Management Association/CIPFA health and social care conference heard today.

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Patients raise concern at Dorset CCG service reshuffle

25th September 2017

A reorganisation of hospitals services in Dorset has this week been agreed that will see beds cut and an A&E closed, leading to considerable patient outrage.

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The Data Protection Bill 2017

25th September 2017

Those who have attended our recent information governance seminars or tailored training sessions on the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) will be aware that, while the GDPR comes into effect on 25 May 2018, it has some gaps which member states, including the UK, are able to fill through domestic legislation.

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Living longer, but with more care needs: late-life dependency and the social care crisis

25th September 2017

Solving the crisis in social care provision for older people is not just a matter of building more care homes, argues Carol Jagger. She explains the various ways in which dependency has changed compared to 20 years ago, and suggests some of the solutions the government should consider.

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Hospital to home: people’s needs must be central to transfers of care

25th September 2017

When moving people between care, small details make a big difference and staff must be involved at every stage.

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Report pushes closer collaboration between councils and associations

25th September 2017

New initiatives to establish affordability and jointly-funded systems to manage allocations and lettings are among the report’s recommendations.

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Devolution should take frontline services into account, report says

25th September 2017

Future devolution of power from Whitehall to local areas must take into account frontline services in ‘strategic, financial and delivery terms,’ new report says.

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Merger mooted for staff at two Norfolk councils

25th September 2017

Two Norfolk councils could join forces and merge management teams as they look to survive in the face of dwindling government funding.

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Bin collections in Cambridge branded a ‘shambles’ after six months of problems

25th September 2017

Bin collections in Cambridge have been branded a ‘shambles’ after it was revealed some residents are still not having their rubbish taken away almost six months after a shake-up of the service.

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NHS SBS transforms back office functions of 48 organisations

25th September 2017

A £10m investment by NHS Shared Business Services (NHS SBS) has driven 48 organisations to sign contracts for a range of finance, procurement and employment services targeting transforming back office functions across the health service.

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Three brigades offer improved public service

25th September 2017

The next generation of fire engines have been unveiled in Oxfordshire after years of collaboration with neighbouring areas.

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The NHS should see care homes as partners, not problems

25th September 2017

Care homes provide the majority of long-term healthcare to older people. They rely on primary care for access to medical support and referral to specialist services, yet studies consistently show that healthcare provision for care home residents across England is unpredictable and uneven.

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Innovation Fund helping people to stay well and independent

25th September 2017

More than 550 people around the county have been supported in a series of projects recently funded through our Innovation Fund.

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Corby and Kettering Borough Councils agree on shared service

13th September 2017

Corby Borough Council and Kettering Borough Council have agreed to jointly look at the establishment of a shared service for the provision of refuse collection, grounds maintenance & street cleansing.

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Growing places: building local public services for the future

13th September 2017

This paper sets out how local government stands ready to meet the challenges of a changing world - and lays out the resources and shifts in thinking that will be needed to make this happen.

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Tool to identify cost-effective mental health programmes launched

13th September 2017

A public health body has published a new tool designed to identify the most cost-effective programmes to help prevent mental ill health in local communities.

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What are primary health needs? Demystifying continuing healthcare

13th September 2017

Two new guides for Community Care Inform Adults aim to provide social workers with a clearer understanding of continuing healthcare. Both guides are written by Morag Duff, an independent specialist continuing healthcare consultant.

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