‘Radical overhaul’ for NHSworkforce planning

first_img Comments are closed. Previous Article Next Article ‘Radical overhaul’ for NHSworkforce planningOn 27 Nov 2001 in Personnel Today Related posts:No related photos. New teams of experts are to help the NHS recruit the doctors, nurses andother healthcare staff it needs for the future. The bodies will advise on issues such as how to provide and pay for thetraining which a new staff intake will need. The new organisations are the National Workforce Development Board, theWorkforce Numbers Advisory Board and the Care Group Workforce Teams. They will also review particular conditions, such as cancer and coronaryheart disease, to determine how the workforce can best be developed to combatthem. “This radical overhaul of workforce planning arrangements will ensurethe NHS recruits the extra staff it needs to improve the delivery of patientcare. “We are committed to having 10,000 more doctors and 20,000 extra nursesworking in the NHS by 2005,” said health minister John Hutton. “Already we are making significant progress. But we know much moreneeds to be done.” www.doh.gov.uk last_img read more

Letters

first_img Previous Article Next Article This week’s lettersPC take lacks literary virtue So we’re not allowed to quote from acknowledged works of literature, norfrom the OED or similar dictionary (Letters, 3 September)? The term ‘bastard’ has several meanings, only one of which relates to themarital status of a child’s parents. My edition of Webster’s defines bastard asfollows: Bastard n. 1. An illegitimate child. 2. Something of irregular orinferior origin, or form. 3. Slang. A mean or disagreeable person. My belief is that the usage in reference to ITV Digital probably fallswithin the range of the second meaning given above. As such, it is a valid andperfectly correct use of English and in no way derogative to a child or itsparents. The reporting of Pat Bottrill’s reference has been selective to the point ofit being next to impossible to know the full context of the comment withoutactually having been present and hearing the exchanges. I feel there is far too much concentration on what might be understood by afew about a particular statement. We should concentrate on the reasons for makingsuch statements in the first place. My view is that there is no place for political correctness in any form.Language evolves, slowly, but it should never be hijacked for reasons ofpolitical gain or expediency. Michael Perry Technical author, Zuken Ltd E-mail abuse is damaging firms Either intentionally, or just through a creeping acceptance, employees aretaking their bosses for the ride of their lives. In every single company, alarge percentage of e-mail use is non-work related (News, 3 September). The problem has now reached epidemic proportions, with e-mail abuseaffecting staff productivity and company profitability. Companies should notbelieve that they are protected just because they are using content filteringand blocking software to police e-mail usage. While these security controls area positive first step, they don’t go nearly far enough. This filtering and blocking software at an organisation’s perimeter can onlytrack e-mails as they enter and leave a company. Employees know, however, thattheir internal, non-work related e-mails go unchecked. Employees enjoy the challenge of trying to beat filtering and blocking toolsand it is far too easy for them to find ways around it. Smart users have nowstarted embedding inappropriate content into Word, PowerPoint and Exceldocuments, conning the perimeter software into believing they are sendingbusiness-related e-mails. What’s needed now is non-invasive management of all e-mails to trackemployee usage without compromising privacy. Employers must act to stem the flow of staff stealing time. Brendan Nolan Chief executive, Waterford Technology Cannabis use is breaking the law Cannabis use among staff is still an arrestable offence. The Home Officenever intended to make it non-arrestable when it reclassified the drug, as thearticle ‘Clear cannabis policies needed at work’ claims (News, 3 September). Possession of cannabis or any other similar drug is still illegal. There aremoves by some – not all – police forces to give verbal warnings initially,rather like a disciplinary procedure, which if ignored will lead to arrest. Derran Sewell HRD manager, Calderdale & Kirklees Careers Ltd Blended learning can be beneficial I agree with Martyn Sloman wholeheartedly that blended learning as a conceptis not new (Opinion, 20 August). But I applaud what I perceive as real blended learning for its renewed focuson learners and how they acquire knowledge and perfect skills. While technology has become a cure-all for the training challenges we faceover the past 10 years, we should not be using it for technology’s sake. It should be used, where appropriate, to enhance the blended or integratedlearning experience. Give learners a quality programme based on educationalexcellence, and both the individuals and their firms will rapidly realise thebenefits. Brian Sutton Chief educator, QA LettersOn 10 Sep 2002 in Personnel Today Comments are closed. Related posts:No related photos.last_img read more

Former chief praises Socpo’s ‘evolution’

first_img Comments are closed. Previous Article Next Article Former chief praises Socpo’s ‘evolution’On 25 Mar 2003 in Personnel Today Related posts:No related photos. The outgoing president of local government HR body Socpo said she isdisappointed the society’s membership did not increase further during her yearin charge. The society’s membership increased by 200 to around 650, but Francesca Okosisaid she would have liked to see 900 members. But, she told Personnel Today she was pleased with the organisation’sevolution during her presidency and happy the body raised its profile andinfluence within local government, the public sector and with centralgovernment. In the past year, Socpo has entered into partnership with local governmentchief executive body Solace, sits on the Public Sector’s Employers’ Forum, andformed closer ties with the Government’s Office of Public Sector Reform. Okosi, director of change at government environmental agency Defra, said sheis confident Socpo’s membership will dramatically increase because of thesociety’s inclusion of Civil Service HR chiefs. last_img read more

Jobs minister moves DfES in Cabinet reshuffel

first_imgEmployment minister Alan Johnson has moved to the Department of Educationand Skills (DfES) as part of last week’s cabinet reshuffle. Johnson has left the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) after beingappointed the new minister of state for lifelong learning, further and highereducation, replacing his predecessor Margaret Hodge. The former postman and unionist is said to have impressed Prime MinisterTony Blair with his work at the DTI, which in-cluded a raft of new employmentlegislation and consultation. Before joining front-line politics, Johnson worked as the general secretaryof the Union of Communication Workers (1993-1995), and as joint generalsecretary of the Communication Workers Union (1995-97). He also sat on the TUCgeneral council. Johnson’s move to the DfES is also appropriate given the Government’sfurther education policy of continuous learning, because Johnson himself neverattended university. Johnson’s role has been divided between two ministers: Jacqui Smith, whowill be responsible for industry and the regions, and Gerry Sutcliffe, who willdeal with employment relations and legislation. In another development, Des Brown has replaced Nick Brown as minister forwork, while Malcolm Wicks takes over the vacant pensions role at the Departmentof Work and Pensions (DWP). By Ross WighamEmployment-related appointmentsDfESAlan Johnson, minister of state for lifelong learning, furtherand higher educationDWPDesmond Browne, minister for workMalcolm Wicks, minister for pensionsChris Pond, parliamentary under-secretaryDTIJacqui Smith, deputy minister for womenGerry Sutcliffe, minister for employment relations, competition and consumers Comments are closed. Previous Article Next Article Jobs minister moves DfES in Cabinet reshuffelOn 24 Jun 2003 in Personnel Today Related posts:No related photos.last_img read more

Is this liberation?

first_imgRelated posts:No related photos. My daughter told me this week about a conversation with one of her friends. The subject was whether it was possible to complete your homework without access to the internet. Before we all start to roll our eyes and talk about generations, it was a thoughtful conversation about whether the sources of data that were available to them offline would be sufficient versus the wealth of data available online.Read full article Is this liberation?Shared from Change-effect on 23 May 2016 in Personnel Today Previous Article Next Article Comments are closed.last_img

Related Cos. CEO Jeff Blau sells Miami Beach condo

first_imgEmail Address* Message* Share on FacebookShare on TwitterShare on LinkedinShare via Email Share via Shortlink TagsMiami Beachone oceanRelated Companiesrelated groupSouth Beachsouth of fifth Full Name* Share via Shortlink Jeff Blau and One Ocean (Getty)Related Companies CEO Jeff Blau sold his Miami Beach condo for $5 million.Blau’s One Ocean LLC sold unit 601 at One Ocean to One Ocean 601 LLC, both Delaware entities. Blau acquired the 3,342-square-foot South Beach condo in 2016 for $4.5 million, property records show. Blau did not respond to a request for comment.The buyer of Blau’s unit listed a Chicago address that matches @properties office in the city’s River West neighborhood.Dora Puig of Luxe Living Realty represented the buyer and seller in the deal, which was listed and closed on Dec. 23, according to Redfin. Puig could not immediately be reached for comment.The Related Group, the Miami-based development firm owned by Jorge Pérez, completed One Ocean, a 46-unit condo at 1 Collins Avenue in Miami Beach’s South-of-Fifth neighborhood, in 2016. Related Companies founder and Miami Dolphins owner Stephen Ross has a minority stake in the Related Group.Pérez put his unit 706 at One Ocean on the market for $20 million in 2016, but later slashed the price. It was asking nearly $11 million, until the listing was removed in May, according to Zillow.In South Florida, Related Companies has projects in Palm Beach County, including the redevelopment of Rosemary Square in West Palm Beach. The firm is expected to pay $282 million for the Phillips Point office towers in West Palm.Contact Katherine Kallergislast_img read more

Bella Hadid’s $6.5M Soho penthouse finds a buyer

first_img Share on FacebookShare on TwitterShare on LinkedinShare via Email Share via Shortlink Bella Hadid and 63 Greene Street (Getty, StreetEasy)That was fast: Bella Hadid’s $6.5 million Soho penthouse is now in contract, according to the New York Post. The supermodel listed the apartment just about a month ago.Hadid purchased the condo at 63 Greene Street in December 2019 for $6.1 million from Joe & the Juice founder Kaspar Basse.Read morePharrell’s Goodtime Hotel opens in Miami Beach Adam Neumann gets $22M for California estate Rob Gronkowski buys Hudson Yards home for $7M Email Address* Tags Message* Celebrity Real Estatecondo marketNYC Luxury MarketResidential Real Estatesoho Share via Shortlink Hadid’s 2,180-square-foot penthouse has two bedrooms, two bathrooms and also features a home office. It also has a 779-square-foot private roof terrace complete with hardwood floors and redbrick ceilings.ADVERTISEMENTRyan Serhant of SERHANT had the listing.Bella isn’t the only Hadid-adjacent celebrity to make real estate moves in the building: Musician Zayn Malick, who has a child with Bella’s sister Gigi, bought a different penthouse in the building in March 2018 and sold it in January 2020, according to the Post.[NYP] — Cordilia JamesContact Cordilia James Full Name*last_img read more

Underplating of an accretionary prism: An example from the LeMay group of central Alexander Island, Antarctic Peninsula

first_imgThe LeMay Group of Alexander Island, Antarctic Peninsula, is a Mesozoic accretionary prism that was constructed during subduction of Pacific and proto-Pacific oceanic crust. In central Alexander Island, several distinct lithologic associations can be identified, including two interpreted as underplated units: (i) a sandstone-mudstone association, consisting of thin- to medium-bedded non-channelled turbidite deposits, representing probable trench fill, and (ii) a basalt-chert association, representing oceanic crustal rocks, and its siliceous sedimentary cover. These two units are complexly deformed by dominantly westward-(oceanward-) directed thrusting. Structural relief introduced by later faulting reveals a wide range of structural styles and metamorphic grades representing different levels within the progressively deforming underplated units. Deformation ranges from thrust-related stratal disruption of poorly-lithified clastic sediment, achieved by independent particulate flow and cataclasis, through solution-dominated processes in clastic and siliceous rocks, to the development of pervasive cleavage fabrics at green-schist and transitional blueschist facies, with local crystal-plastic deformation. Later deformation (crenulation fabrics and isolated zones of folding) is of uncertain origin but probably resulted from further accretionary adjustments within the underplated units. The deepest levels may have been partially exhumed by syn-accretionary backthrusting or by transpression within a strike-parallel zone related to oblique convergence. Microstructural evidence reveals the importance of fluids in controlling deformation. Fluids were introduced with the underthrusting sediment and/or were generated during diageneis and metamorphism. In particular, evidence for locally elevated pore-fluid pressures is consistent with the rapid tectonic burial of a lithologically heterogeneous sequence and its subsequent evolution in a semi-closed system, with only limited fluid escape. Such microstructural criteria may be crucial to the identification of underplated units in other ancient accretionary prisms where the overall large-scale structural geometry cannot be reconstructed from fragmentary exposures.last_img read more

Polar mesospheric clouds observed by an iron Boltzmann lidar at Rothera (67.5°S, 68.0°W), Antarctica from 2002 to 2005: properties and implications

first_imgLidar observations of polar mesospheric clouds (PMC) were made at Rothera, Antarctica, from December 2002 to March 2005. Overall, 128 hours of PMC were detected among the 459 hours of observations, giving a mean occurrence frequency of 27.9%. The mean PMC centroid altitude is 84.12 ± 0.12 km, the mean PMC total backscatter coefficient is 2.34 ± 0.11 × 10−6 sr−1, and the mean layer RMS width is 0.93 ± 0.03 km. The distribution of PMC centroid altitudes over all observations is symmetric (nearly Gaussian), with the most probable altitude (∼84 km) near the center of the distribution. The distribution of PMC brightness is non-Gaussian and is dominated by weak PMC. The observed PMC altitudes at Rothera support the earlier lidar findings that Southern Hemispheric PMC are on average 1 km higher than corresponding Northern Hemispheric PMC, and higher PMC occur at higher latitudes. Significant interannual and diurnal variations are observed in PMC centroid altitude and brightness. Mean PMC altitude varies more than 1 km from one year to another. In addition, 24-hour, 12-hour, and 8-hour oscillations are clearly shown in PMC centroid altitude and brightness. The altitude distribution of PMC brightness peaks at a nearly constant altitude of 84 km, with weaker PMC found on either side of this altitude. The mean PMC altitudes averaged in brightness bins are anticorrelated with the PMC brightness, where weaker PMC occur at higher altitude and the PMC altitudes are proportional to the logarithm of the PMC brightness.last_img read more

Towards orbital dating of the EPICA Dome C ice core using deltaO2/N2

first_imgBased on a composite of several measurement series performed on ice samples stored at −25 °C or −50 °C, we present and discuss the first δO2/N2 record of trapped air from the EPICA Dome C (EDC) ice core covering the period between 300 and 800 ka (thousands of years before present). The samples stored at −25 °C show clear gas loss affecting the precision and mean level of the δO2/N2 record. Two different gas loss corrections are proposed to account for this effect, without altering the spectral properties of the original datasets. Although processes at play remain to be fully understood, previous studies have proposed a link between surface insolation, ice grain properties at close-off, and δO2/N2 in air bubbles, from which orbitally tuned chronologies of the Vostok and Dome Fuji ice core records have been derived over the last four climatic cycles. Here, we show that limitations caused by data quality and resolution, data filtering, and uncertainties in the orbital tuning target limit the precision of this tuning method for EDC. Moreover, our extended record includes two periods of low eccentricity. During these intervals (around 400 ka and 750 ka), the matching between δO2/N2 and the different insolation curves is ambiguous because some local insolation maxima cannot be identified in the δO2/N2 record (and vice versa). Recognizing these limitations, we restrict the use of our δO2/N2 record to show that the EDC3 age scale is generally correct within its published uncertainty (6 kyr) over the 300–800 ka period.last_img read more