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Editor’s choice of other ICT items of note

techUK:  Healthcare Unblocked 2018

DHSC:  Patients lives to be greatly improved by technology revolutions in healthcare

New EU rules facilitating the free flow of non-personal data

HM Land Registry to explore the benefits of blockchain

A guide to assessing skills in a changing landscape...find out more

Organisations are facing the possibility of skills shortages, re-training staff for new roles or upskill staff to manage additional responsibility. It is therefore imperative that organisations truly understand the capacity of staff and understand their capability to perform effectively in their role.

To help organisations choose the best fit method of assessing employees SQA have produced a free guide to assessment. The guide provides an overview of the essential aspects of assessment including:

  • principles of assessment
  • three main elements in assessment
  • examples of assessment methods 

SQA is a leader in education and skills, we deliver educational support services on behalf of private and public sector clients, including Standards Testing Agency, DVLA, Institute of Directors and Scottish Government

Click here to access this essential guide to assessment and learn more about SQA.

Editor’s choice of other Health, Social care & Homelessness related items of note:

DHSC:  Matt Hancock warns of dangers of social media on children’s mental health

DHSC:  Government announces plans for earlier diagnosis for cancer patients

NHS SBS:  New Framework to Save Public Sector Tens of Millions of Pounds on Expert Consultancy

ScotGov:  “New deal” for NHS boards

Unions slam decision to withhold sick pay in NHS Trust

NICE:  New decision making guideline will help maximise personal autonomy

ScotGov:  Over 75,000 carers receive new payment

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. 

Against this ambitious 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.

Recent arrivals to the SME Supplier Locator service include:

Aspire Presenting LTD

Click here to find out more.

Editor’s choice of other Business / Commercial items of note:

BEIS:  New legislation to ensure tips and gratuities go to employees

Cabinet Office:  Ending late payments to small businesses

NIC:  New regulation study to help find the right conditions for future infrastructure innovation

NIC:  Enabling work near-complete on ‘vital’ East-West rail link

MoD:  Wearable technology for injury prevention - market exploration

HM Treasury:  Package of measures unveiled to boost apprenticeships

Defra:  Action to reduce food waste announced

UK Space Agency:   Modern regulation to support UK’s growing space sector

Ofcom:  New rules to combat high call costs & scams

Editor’s choice of other Policy & General items of note:

DfT:  Severn Crossings to go toll-free on 17 December 2018

STFC:  Congratulations to laser trio for Nobel Prize for Physics

Collaborate:  The Tangled and the Trapped

BIG:  UK’s largest community funder to change name

Ensuring charity can thrive & inspire trust so that people can improve lives & strengthen society

DWP: Government launches new collaboration with Barnardo's to support care leavers into work

DfE:  New education & skills measures announced

Home Secretary announces plans for citizenship reforms

HO:  New measures announced to combat forced marriage

Defra:  Animal welfare boosted by new law coming into force

MHCLG:  Government announces new generation of council housing


 More contributions to the Brexit process

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

Researched Links:

Brexit microsite (Information about the Article 50 process and our ‘partnership’ negotiations with the EU)

FCO:  Mark Field in Malaysia to deepen bilateral ties ahead of Brexit

President Donald Tusk meets with Taoiseach Leo Varadkar

BfB:  Preparing to Exit by Professor Robert Tombs

BfB:  Brexit and Productivity - A house built on sand 


Please choose from the links below to view individual sections of interest:
Innovate UK
Latest Documents

New centre for immersive storytelling will help UK industry excel
New centre for immersive storytelling will help UK industry excel
£10 million Industrial Strategy funding has been awarded to a new creative industries centre, which will build UK skills in immersive tech.

New funding to drive improvements in immersive content creation
New funding to drive improvements in immersive content creation
Businesses can apply for a share of up to £8 million for innovation projects that support better, more immersive experiences.

Digital tech to tackle healthcare challenges: apply for funding
Digital tech to tackle healthcare challenges: apply for funding
UK businesses can apply for a share of up to £9 million to develop more effective and efficient treatments through the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund.

UK graphene manufacturer clinches Korean deal
UK graphene manufacturer clinches Korean deal
Innovate UK support leads to collaboration to use graphene and 2D composite materials in smart buildings and electric vehicles.
Benefit from a business-academic partnership: apply for funding
Benefit from a business-academic partnership: apply for funding
UK businesses can get a grant to work with a university or research organisation and highly-qualified graduate on a Knowledge Transfer Partnership.
Innovation funding: browse and apply online
Innovation funding: browse and apply online
If you’re a UK-based business you may be eligible for funding to develop an innovative idea - search the Innovation Funding Service.