Is joined-up care really about to happen?
The national new care models programme brings together local health & care systems as vanguards to radically redesign care for the local populations they serve.  As part of this work, NHS England has set out details of a new frameworkintegrated primary and acute care systems – Describing the care model & business model – Paul Mears, Chief Executive, Yeovil Hospital and local GP, Dr Berge Balian – both members of South Somerset Symphony Programme vanguard (@Symphonyproj) – take a look at what the proposals could mean.
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Disaster Recovery as a Service:
Latest Public Sector Guidance

The Public Sector is going through an unprecedented period of technology refresh and system innovation:

• Governments and front-line public service organisations are primary targets for hactivists and malicious external attacks.

• The public sector collects and retains an unrivalled degree of personal information – and they are charged with keeping it safe.

• Government departments know that the public expects higher standards of governance and probity and will hold them to account.

Click here to download this latest Public Sector Guide on Disaster Recovery As A Service.

Like removing a plaster; it hurts less if you do it quickly

Plans for a swift & straightforward British exit from the EU have been drawn up by a group of senior former ministers and circulated to the PM and her key advisers.   The so-called Brexit Blueprint declares that Britain could complete its withdrawal from the EU well within the 2-year maximum time limit laid down by Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty and that negotiations over a future trade deal with Brussels can be “short and simple”.

It seems that careless Talk (Talk) cost them £400k

Telecoms company TalkTalk has been issued with a record £400,000 fine by the ICO for security failings that allowed a cyber attacker to access customer data ‘with ease’.  The ICO’s in-depth investigation found that an attack on the company last October could have been prevented if TalkTalk had taken basic steps to protect customers’ information.

One hopes the training will include how to stay ‘cyber-secure’
The Government has announced plans to make training in basic digital skills FREE for adults lacking relevant qualifications.  The proposals, to be included in an amendment to the Digital Economy Bill, will mean publicly-funded basic digital skills training being offered free of charge to adults in England who need it.  Courses will be delivered by colleges & other adult education providers.  The Government will consult on the details of this new offer in the coming months.
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SME Supplier Locator update...

UK Government and public sector spend with SME’s is continually on the increase and by 2020, it is the stated intent of Cabinet Office that £1 of every £3 spent on government contracts goes to SME’s. The past 5 years have seen government make a priority of getting money through its supply chain into the hands of SMEs, by both setting targets and introducing new procurement mechanisms.

Against this backdrop, the WiredGov Supplier Locator service has been developed specifically to embrace the SME Agenda and provide the ideal platform for SME’s to promote their services, solutions, accreditation and success stories directly to our ever increasing audience across all government and public sector verticals and Tier 1 suppliers.

Click here to find out more and view this week’s new arrivals to the SME Supplier Locator service. 

Does Scotland want the UK (basically the English taxpayers) to start questioning all funding, including the Barnett formula?

Scotland’s creative sector is set to miss out on nearly £1.5bn of investment from the licence fee over the next decade, Culture Secretary Fiona Hyslop has claimed.  From the £320m raised annually by licence fee payers in Scotland, only £176.5m is spent in Scotland.

Is your car insurance still Valid?

Time to act is running out for people who have motor insurance with Enterprise Insurance.   People need to act now to find new cover before all policies are cancelled in October 2016.  The news comes as Enterprise’s provisional liquidator, Freddie White of Grant Thornton, writes to insurance brokers warning that he expects to cancel all policies on 26 October 2016.  That gives brokers and Enterprise customers a couple of weeks to find alternative cover.

A history of H&S

The Royal Society for Prevention of Accidents Health & Safety Awards is now open for applications.  Summer 2016 saw the scheme reach its 60th year, with nearly 2,000 organisations submitting an entry and more than 1,200 awards handed out at 3 ceremonies in London, Birmingham and Glasgow.


 More contributions following EU Referendum

Still a ‘hot topic’, with widely spread views, for those who put fingers to keyboard in order to ‘share their views’:

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HMT:  Further certainty on EU funding for hundreds of British projects

techUK:  UK must avoid data protection Brexit, says new Information Commissioner

LGA responds to Chancellor's EU funding guarantee

ScotGov:  Europe and the environment

TUC: Welcome words on workers’ rights must be followed by action

WWF:  Britain’s leading conservation organisations call on the Government to grasp a better future for the countryside

Demos:  New poll challenges assumption majority of Brits want to end freedom of movement

JRF:  Julia Unwin responds to speeches on the economy at the Conservative Party Conference

CSJ:  Britain could be out of the EU in less than 2 years, according to ex-ministers’ blueprint

NIESR researchers' reaction to Theresa May’s speech at the Conservative Party Conference

IPPR:  Forging ahead with crude reductions to non-EU immigration would be a risk to Britain’s economy

Adam Smith Inst:  May must accept that markets are the solution to our problems



 More contributions to the UK constitutional debate

More news, opinions, documents, claims & counter-claims;

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ScotGov:  Clarity on unfair sanctions

WAG:  Counsel General calls for distinct Welsh legal system

CO:  Government delivers on pledge to give back British expats the right to vote


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Last week we were at the Conservative party conference, where Sean Anstee declared he will be standing as Conservative opponent to Labour’s Andy Burnham in the election for greater Manchester’s first metro mayor.
In a direct attack on his Labour rival, 29-year-old Anstee said the job should not be “a home for disillusioned MPs” but should be taken by a local leader. He is not the first local leader to voice concerns about national politicians muscling in to the new devo areas.
Meanwhile, libraries campaigner Alan Wylie highlights the state of cuts to libraries throughout the country. In the past six years 8,000 library staff have been lost and 343 libraries have closed. "Add to this a huge increase in the use of volunteers and a picture emerges of a severely hollowed-out, fragmented and de-professionalised service," he says. The situation might have reached crisis point, but with a national demonstration just weeks away, the fightback continues.

Also on the network

Think libraries are obsolete? Think again

Think libraries are obsolete? Think again
Kindles and the internet cannot replace libraries - they are part of the social glue that binds us. The fight is on throughout the country to save them

Soak it up: China’s ambitious plan to solve urban flooding with ‘sponge cities’

Soak it up: China’s ambitious plan to solve urban flooding with ‘sponge cities’
Designers working on the unprecedented, government-funded programme will proritise using permeable materials, green spaces and connected waterways

Firefighters are by your side through fire and flood. Our thanks? The threat of being sacked

As public cuts leave people destitute, it's charity workers like me who pick up the pieces
When I became an outreach worker ten years ago there was still some vestige of a welfare state. The indignity and devastation I see now is astonishing

News in brief
• Philip Hammond to ditch George Osborne's economic targets
• Met commissioner must have police background, Police Federation says
• Welsh councils to work regionally rather than be forced to merge
• Fund to boost social mobility unveiled by education secretary
• Councils failing to monitor most British schools for dangerous air pollution
• Crown Commercial Service looks to build clout with external hires