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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NHS England:  Two local vanguard leaders explain what it means to be an integrated primary and acute care system (PACS)

Integrated primary & acute care systems – Describing the care model & business model

General Practice Forward View

CAB:  Green paper “an opportunity to link up health & welfare”

NHS England announces major boost for general practice

NHS Confederation:  New panel to reduce the burden of bureaucratic red tape in health & social care

NHS England:  Why population health analytics will be vital for the vanguards

Elements of care should not be provided in isolation

Healthcare models of the future NHS

Invitation to ‘tool-up’ for better care

Hardly ‘rocket science’ so why is it taking so long


Disaster Recovery as a Service:
Latest Public Sector Guidance

10 Top Tips on How To Minimise the Risk of a Data Breach

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

• Data is the new global currency and ergo needs better protection.

• 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.

• The current push for transformation is taking resource and money away from core issues like security, incident management and disaster recovery.

• 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”.

In precis, when the government triggers Article 50, it should;

*Bring forward a Bill repealing the 1972 European Communities Act and converting EU law into British law

*Leave it open to this government & its successors to scrap aspects of EU law not considered in the UK’s interests

*The Blueprint also envisages a ‘take it or leave it’ attitude to trade talks with the EU the onus on the remaining 27 members of the EU either to accept the current arrangements or insist on a WTO deal.

*On immigration, the Blueprint proposes a work permit & cap system to control the numbers of EU migrants coming to the UK – the same as applied to the rest of the world.  Students, EU tourists and intra-company transfers would be exempt.

*Introduce a work permit & cap system for immigration from both EU & non-EU countries, with no migrants being eligible for in work or out of work benefits until they have lived in the country for 5 years, or made National Insurance payments over a 4-year period.

Researched Links:

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

Editorial Commentary: Brexit may prove beneficial, but it's more complicated than you think

Open Europe:  Securing free trade with EU after Brexit likely in goods sectors but far harder for services

Civitas:  EU share of UK exports is in dramatic decline, new analysis shows

Civitas:  Treasury warning about impact of Brexit ignores published evidence

RUSI:  Negotiating Britain’s EU Departure - From Tears to Hard-Headed Calculations

IEA:  Leave or remain: the two best paths to economic freedom

Open Europe:  What if...? The consequences, challenges and opportunities facing Britain outside the EU

Editorial Commentary: Surely we can come up with some compromises on ‘Free Movement of people’

Not every ‘expert’ thinks Brexit will be all ‘Doom & Gloom’

Options for the UK in the event of a vote to leave the EU

Editorial Commentary: Is the SNP threat of another Referendum realistic?

Ways of opening up Europe by negotiation

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.

ICO investigators found that the cyber-attack between 15 & 21 October 2015 took advantage of technical weaknesses in TalkTalk’s systems.  The attacker accessed the personal data of 156,959 customers including their names, addresses, dates of birth, phone numbers and email addresses.  In 15,656 cases, the attacker also had access to bank account details & sort codes.

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ICO:  TalkTalk gets record £400,000 fine for failing to prevent October 2015 attack

ICO:  TalkTalk cyber-attack – how the ICO’s investigation unfolded

Ensuring the safety of the UK

ICT security costs money, but lack of it costs even more

‘Never’ is often a ‘flexible’ time period

You may not even realise you have been hacked

Would ‘fining’ the Chief Executive help ensure ‘due care & attention’ was paid to this responsibility

Prepare or ‘Meet thy Doom’ from 2018

Less haste, more care, fewer fines

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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DfE:  Government plans to make the UK one of the most digitally-skilled nations

techUK:  Government announces plans for free basic digital skills training for adults

Perhaps Frank Sinatra could have gained digital skills this way

How can 10 years of education not provide these skills?

A healthier outcome which could be self-financing

‘Leave’ or ‘Remain’, our prosperous future depends on our digital skills

Training for a digital future

But what will happen as people get older and potentially lose their ICT skills?

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.

If Scotland received the same rate of licence fee investment as BBC Wales it would see spending increase here by over £140m every year.  Ms Hyslop has long called for a fairer investment from the BBC for Scotland, which the latest charter, published last month, failed to address.

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ScotGov:  Scottish creative sector could miss out on £1.5bn

IFS:  “Flaw” in Barnett formula protects Scotland & Northern Ireland from hundreds of millions of cuts

IFS:  ‘Business and usual? The Barnett formula, business rates and further tax devolution’

Scotland’s fiscal position: an updated assessment

Independence for Scotland just doesn't add up

And now the other 60m+ want their ‘vote’

IFS:  Scotland’s Fiscal Framework does not satisfy Smith’s “Taxpayer fairness” principle

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.

If anyone thinks they may have motor insurance with Enterprise but aren’t sure, they should ring their broker to check, as policies were sold almost exclusively through insurance brokers.  FSCS is warning people to avoid unwittingly driving without valid insurance.  It is an offence to do so and the consequences can be very serious, particularly if drivers have an accident.  If people don’t find new insurance before the deadline they will not have cover, and FSCS protection will no longer apply.

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FSCS warns people with Enterprise Insurance motor policies to find new 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.

And to celebrate its 100 years, RoSPA will be introducing a new level of award to recognise those organisations which have achieved consecutive Golds over 25 years or more, the Patron’s Award.

The H&S Awards scheme is the largest & longest-running programme of its kind in the UK, and one of the most prestigious in the world in any discipline.  Open to businesses & organisations of all types & sizes from across the UK and overseas, the RoSPA Awards recognise commitment to accident prevention in the workplace

Individuals who promote safety in their workplace or with their communities are also recognised through the Guardian Angel Awards, which run alongside the H&S Awards.

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RoSPA Awards 2017 open for applications


 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