Making it easier to eat healthily
The Government’s innovation experts - Innovate UK - have launched a competition to fund up to £10m in collaborative R&D projects aimed at reducing sugar, salt & fat and increasing dietary fibre in food & drink.  In doing so, Innovate UK aims to stimulate the availability of healthier food & drink choices for consumers and open up new market opportunities for the British food industry.  Innovate UK is also publishing a white paper to accompany the competition to explain its rationale and the context in which it is being launched.
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Innovate UK to fund the development of healthier food & drink

White Paper: ‘How innovation can help reduce the impact of diet-related diseases’

NHS England:  New guidance to raise awareness of the importance of good nutritional care

A bitter pill for most

Good food & healthy diet - Live Well - NHS Choices

Healthy Eating Plan

Simon Stevens announces major drive to improve health in NHS workplace

Helping children & adults manage diabetes: NICE publishes updated suite of guidelines

NICE issues standard on improving maternal & child nutrition

Helping people avoid early death – NICE publishes new support for local government on tackling the causes of poor health

Food matters

Health Committee report on physical activity & diet

LGA response to Health Committee report on physical activity & diet

New Change4Life campaign encourages families to make sugar swaps

Healthier eating made easier than ever for Scotland’s families

New rules to serve up better food for NHS patients & staff

LGA:  Restaurant & pub chains urged to sign up to salt reduction targets to combat heart attack & stroke

BHF:  Less salt and more potassium for a healthier diet

BHF:  Britain’s takeaway pizzas found to be shockingly salty

Calories to be capped & cut

BHF:  Shoppers are being left in the dark over salty bread

Supplier Locator: October update…

Many of WiredGov’s stakeholder departments within Central Government (including HM Treasury, Cabinet Office, Home Office, BIS and DCLG) have been working hard to deliver on the Government’s pledge that 25% of all direct and indirect central government spend should be with SMEs by 2015 but there is still a great deal more work to be done.

Against this backdrop, our 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.

The most recent arrivals to the Supplier Locator include:

Booking Live Link 51 (Storage Products)
Duvall Associates Life Environmental Services
Less James Bond; more Alan Turing & Gordon Welchman
Innovate UK has announced a competition aimed at addressing Internet of Things (IoT) security challenges.  A total of £2m will be made available over 2 phases.  The funding for the competition is being made available by the Centre for Defence Enterprise on behalf of the UK's intelligence agencies.  Proposals need to show how data can be pulled together from a diverse range of environments operating across different protocols & standards, and show how 2 events/users/devices connect based on the data gathered.
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Innovation funding announced for Security of IoT

Internet of things | Technology | The Guardian

‘Disability’ does not mean ‘inability’ in a work situation
NHS England and NHS Employers have launched the NHS Learning Disability Employment Programme - a pledge to employ more people with learning disabilities which local NHS organisations are being encouraged to sign up to.  The programme is the next step in a commitment made in the NHS Five Year Forward View to make NHS workforces more representative of the local communities they serve.
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NHS England:  Learning disability employment pledge launched

NHS Learning Disability Employment Programme

Not everyone in the NHS needs to be a ‘Brain Surgeon’ to facilitate a patient’s treatment

Hardly ‘rocket science’ so why is it taking so long
A new report published argues that perhaps 27% of GP appointments could potentially be avoided if there was more co-ordinated working between GPs & hospitals, wider use of other primary care staff, better use of technology to streamline administrative burdens, and wider system changes.
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NHS England:  1 in 4 GP appointments potentially avoidable

Joined-up care in early years

Facilitating a joined-up & cost effective welfare system

We seem to have been talking about this for decades

We won’t be able to afford the NHS unless we ‘solve’ this problem

But what about the ‘Digitally un-empowered’?

Reducing visits to A&E

King’s Fund:  Integrated care

Service Re-design

Primary & Community care

And none too soon!
No more excuses for charity fundraisers as new rules are brought in to protect vulnerable people.
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Cabinet Office:  Government crackdown on unethical charity fundraising

Charity should not begin with ‘mugging’ the elderly & frail

Some support at last for UK views in EU?
Latest ‘rulings’ from Europe.
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CJEU: Requirement requiring beneficiaries of subsidiary protection to reside in a particular place

CJEU: Court should dismiss the EC’s action against the UK concerning allowances for children

CJEU: Indefinite ban on voting in European Parliament elections for certain nationals of a State

One area we would need to agree on if we leave the EU
The ICO has issued a statement in response to the European Court of Justice ruling about the legal basis for the transfer of personal data to businesses that are members of the US Safe Harbor.
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ICO response to ECJ ruling on personal data to US Safe Harbor

BCS calls ruling on safe harbour a ‘wake up call for global digital business’

Personal fine for CE & Council leader might ensure commitment to data protection
The ICO has ordered Anglesey County Council to improve its data protection practices after it repeatedly failed to address security and privacy issues.
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ICO orders Welsh council to improve on data protection

NHS must care for patients AND their confidential medical records

ICO ‘on the ball’, but do individual ‘responsible managers’ ever get disciplined?

Different countries, similar problems, transferable solutions
In 2014 Homeless Link’s Transatlantic Practice Exchange participants spent a fortnight in the United States, exploring different practice topics and sharing this learning on their return.  Thanks to further support from the Oak Foundation HL are repeating the Exchange over the next 3 years in partnership with the National Alliance to End Homelessness.  HL are particularly keen to see applicants from Wales, Scotland & Northern Ireland, as well as English services based outside London, when the first application window opens in December 2015.
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Homeless Link:  Join us for next year's Transatlantic Practice Exchange

Ten professionals, two countries - Transatlantic Practice Exchange 2014

1066 and all that
Visitors to the Battle of Hastings battlefield next summer will be able to see a new exhibition inside the Great Gatehouse of William the Conqueror’s abbey that will explore the lead up, location & legacy of the battle including a blow by blow account of the day itself, from dawn to dusk.  The project is just one part of English Heritage’s programme – ‘1066: Year of the Normans’ – to mark the 950th anniversary of the Battle of Hastings next year.
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English Heritage:  1066 Battle of Hastings battlefield re-presented for 950th anniversary
Hard luck if a new job depends on it!
Your DBS check may be delayed if it has to go to the Metropolitan (Met) police.  The Met are resolving a number of issues with their staffing levels, and their relocation from New Scotland Yard.  For some applications it can take up to 100 days before applications are processed.
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DBS check delays at the Metropolitan police
They have a great deal to ‘live down’!
The Financial Conduct Authority, alongside the Prudential Regulation Authority, has published new rules in relation to whistleblowing.  These changes follow recommendations in 2013  by the Parliamentary Commission on Banking Standards that banks put in place mechanisms to allow their employees to raise concerns internally (i.e., to ‘blow the whistle’) and that they appoint a senior person to take responsibility for the effectiveness of these arrangements.
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FCA introduces new rules on whistleblowing

FCA confirms approach to improving responsibility & accountability in the banking sector

FCA sets out approach to Non-Executive Directors & the Senior Managers Regime

FSA publishes its Internal Audit Report on: review of the extent of awareness within the FSA of inappropriate LIBOR submissions

Time to move on?
An outline of Britain’s 13 biggest economic policy mistakes of the last century from the IEA.  Future UK governments have much to learn from the destructive economic policies implemented during the 20th century.
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IEA:  Support for ‘Corbynomics’ could see damaging policy mistakes repeated
Much reduced student debt; That computes!
For the 4th year running, BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT is managing a scholarship scheme to attract trainee computing teachers to meet a growing need, with Scholarships  each worth £25,000 – on offer.  The scheme is open to eligible applicants who start their teacher training in September 2015 (England only).
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BCS computing teacher training scholarships - now open for applications
A nice boost to one’s CV
The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) is looking for up to 20 professionals, working in health, public health & social care, to join its highly regarded ambassador programmes.  Interested health & social care professionals can apply online and completed applications must be submitted to NICE by 5pm on Friday 13 November 2015.
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Have you got what it takes to be a NICE Fellow or Scholar?
Opportunities at the leading edge of scientific research
STFC and Diamond Light Source are offering 36 positions to post-doctoral researchers over the next 5 years as part of the brand new Rutherford International Fellowship Programme.  The scheme which is being offered in a wide range of scientific disciplines is a result of €2.5m funding from the EU’s Horizon 2020 programme.  The current call for Fellowship applications closes on 31 October 2015.
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STFC:  Brand new opportunity for international Post-Docs at STFC and Diamond
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So George Osborne has announced the biggest transfer of power from local to central government in recent history. While entrepreneurs may reap the rewards of changes to business rates, with councils competing to attract enterprise, there will inevitably winners and losers and critics fear a race to the bottom and even greater inequality among councils. "The devil will be in the detail," Cipfa's Rob Whiteman writes on the network last week.

Labour party conference
Prisoner education is not a panacea. Gove should give governors real power

Prisoner education is not a panacea. Gove should give governors real power
Plans to educate prisoners won’t succeed while we’re still fettered by budget cuts and Whitehall diktat

Junior doctors row shows how fear stalks public services

Junior doctors row shows how fear stalks public services
Protests expose the insecurity of public sector jobs – and many more staff are too afraid to challenge injustice

I started making fire when I fell out of love with firefighting

I started making fire when I fell out of love with firefighting
Ten years into my career putting out fires, I started creating them by hand to clock off from brigade life

News in brief
• George Osborne allowed councils to keep £26bn raised from business rates
• David Cameron vowed to scrap requirement to build affordable homes for rent
• Lord Adonis agreed to chair Osborne's infrastructure body
• Local authority chief executives meet for their annual conference
• Middlesbrough ranked as most deprived place in England
• Brighton launched a voluntary sugar tax in effort to tackle obesity
• The civil service people survey opened