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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.
A fire safety video featuring a Dirty Dancing-inspired version of the fireman's lift has been a hit.
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.
Greater Manchester Mayor Andy Burnham has welcomed the government's announcement of £3.8m package to end homelessness and rough sleeping in the city.
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.
Councils will have to be more creative and innovative to provide public services against a backdrop of future budget cuts, an expert has said.
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.
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/
Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service is set to recognise its staff at an awards ceremony this Thursday (October 12).
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.
Brighton and Hove City Council is to merge with the Brighton and Hove Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG).
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.
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.
Health and education are to benefit from the reallocation of money across Stormont departments.
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.
The UK has joined all other EU Member States and EFTA countries in signing the eGovernement Declaration in Tallin.
NHS England’s Sustainability and transformation partnerships (STPs) are in danger of missing a trick when it comes to sharing patient data.
This report is an assessment of the state of health care and adult social care in England in 2016 to 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The new edition of Emergency Services Times is available with collaboration updates from page 12 onwards.
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.
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.
New survey data released this week has confirmed the growing demand for modern, advanced collaboration systems – technology that the public sector is widely adopting.
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.
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’.
Chapter 1 became a subsidiary of saha in March this year following the decision to combine the strengths of both organisations in 2016.
Liverpool’s metro mayor Steve Rotheram has offered housing associations a formal role in the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority’s governance arrangements.
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.
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.
Councillors will vote tomorrow on proposed plans for a management restructure of South Ribble Borough Council.
Transformation to meet service demand is key, and is an issue explored in depth in Civica’s Changing Landscape series of reports.
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.
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.
At the heart of every large organisation is the need for efficient and seamless services to effectively support the delivery of its organisational objectives.
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.
Digital consultancy hedgehog lab has secured a contract with a Sunderland-based tech firm to develop a number of smart solutions.
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.
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.
Split 50-50 between the two organisations, the team will report to Chief Executive Designate Kate Davies.
The importance of local authorities and housing associations working in partnership.
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.
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.
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.
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.
When moving people between care, small details make a big difference and staff must be involved at every stage.
New initiatives to establish affordability and jointly-funded systems to manage allocations and lettings are among the report’s recommendations.
Future devolution of power from Whitehall to local areas must take into account frontline services in ‘strategic, financial and delivery terms,’ new report says.
Two Norfolk councils could join forces and merge management teams as they look to survive in the face of dwindling government funding.
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.
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.
The next generation of fire engines have been unveiled in Oxfordshire after years of collaboration with neighbouring areas.
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.
More than 550 people around the county have been supported in a series of projects recently funded through our Innovation Fund.
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.
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.
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.
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.