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Positive engagement: Smart Leeds – Socitm’s next Leadership Academy Top Talent programme begins on 3-4 July in Leeds.
Those taking part will be involved in an exciting & ground-breaking research programme for Leeds City Council, as the council is keen to explore a rewards scheme that promotes behaviour change and positive citizen engagement amongst those who live, work & visit Leeds.
In recognition of the outstanding achievements of Socitm’s Top Talent graduates, the council has asked them to undertake a 3-month research phase in order to gain greater understanding as to whether the scheme could result in a strong business case that leads to the development of a multi-platform innovative solution.
Similar schemes are being trialled in a handful of cities around the world including Belfast and Tel Aviv. These initiatives offer rewards such as free leisure passes for using public transport and free coffee-shop drinks for undertaking charity work.
Health & wellbeing, travel & transport, housing standards & growth and climate emergency are all key priorities in Leeds’ smart cities programme, Smart Leeds, and this is the first project of its kind in the UK, outside of Northern Ireland.This is a fantastic opportunity for Socitm’s Top Talent Cohort to be part of something that could change how local authorities motivate & engage residents and visitors. The project could set a benchmark both nationally and globally and the Top Talent group will be presenting their findings at Share Leeds on 15 October 2019.
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|The hunt for a solution continues|
Professor Dame Sally Davies will become UK special envoy on antimicrobial resistance (AMR), and details have been announced on funding UK’s work in global fight against AMR.
Public Health Minister Seema Kennedy has confirmed the government will be retaining the world-leading expertise of outgoing Chief Medical Officer Professor Dame Sally Davies, as UK special envoy on AMR. Dame Sally will be working across all sectors to deliver a ‘One Health’ response to AMR, which includes health, agriculture and the environment.
Professor Dame Sally played a critical role in putting AMR on the global agenda, driving forward the UK’s world-leading strategy and advising the UN in her role as Co-Convenor for the Interagency Coordination Group on AMR.
Last year the government committed £32m funding to accelerate the UK’s work in the global fight against AMR. Ten leading research centres across the country will now use the funding to explore new ways to inform prescribing and identify patterns of resistance.
The awarded funding will support the development of a state-of-the-art, virtual ‘open access’ centre that will link health outcomes and prescribing data. This technology, led by Public Health England (PHE), will gather real-time patient data on resistant infections, helping clinicians to make more targeted choices about when to use antibiotics and cutting unnecessary prescriptions.
PHE will use £5m in funding to develop a fully functional model ward, the first of its kind in the UK, to better understand how hospital facilities can be designed to improve infection control and reduce the transmission of antibiotic-resistant infections.
Other successful funds include £4.4m to Manchester University to test ‘individualised’ approaches to antibiotic prescribing by bringing together patient care and clinical research, and £3.5m to the University of Liverpool to apply innovative genome sequencing to enable more personalised antibiotic prescribing.The announcement follows the government’s 20-year vision and 5-year national action plan published earlier this year, setting out how the UK will contribute to containing and controlling AMR by 2040.
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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.
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:
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|Cost effective digital justice|
Blog by: Paul Sachs, Founder & Chief Technology Officer, CaseLines, 27 June 2019.
On the face of it, you could argue a legal evidence management platform only digitises a paper-based process. There’s nothing wrong with that of course. Digitising is cost effective, takes the stress & risk out of bundling and it’s good for the environment. Our internal data shows that 100m pages stored on CaseLines is equivalent to 72,000 trees. It adds up.
Since the UK implemented CaseLines, one of the positive results has been that the number of Crown Court hearings has reduced by 50%. This is because digital evidence is available much more quickly than paper evidence was, so legal professionals can see the case earlier. Another really interesting thing we are seeing as a result of this has been more early guilty pleas. Earlier access to evidence gives the defence more time with it and more time to advise appropriately. Of course, the converse is also true; if you’re innocent, you have more time to prepare your case. This could have a huge impact on the speed & quality of justice.
Digital justice also speeds up hearings, so solicitors spend less time in court. This reduces the number of adjournments, therefore meaning a lower number of hearings per case. One customer estimated a cost reduction of £70 per hearing, equating to a direct cost saving of over £60,000 in their first year using a digital justice system.
Then there’s hidden costs you don’t consider. Digital systems ensure there is no way evidence can be lost or tampered with. In many jurisdictions, key evidence often goes missing, resulting in cases being dismissed, time being wasted and guilty people walking free. Cutting the risk of losing or misplacing files means protecting the integrity and the time of the institutions that use it.This is particularly reflected in the artificial intelligence (AI) the systems use. Like digital justice, it’s practical rather than futuristic, and is built around augmenting current processes for the people who work in law, rather than replacing those individuals. The solutions are simple; AI can scan entire bundles in seconds and highlight duplicates, read written text and even detect faces in images. Entire documents can be translated into another language in seconds and spoken word can immediately be converted into written. Obviously, this saves lots of time, but it saves people from the drudgery of mundane tasks, and frees them to focus on more important parts of legal services.
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|Editorial Commentary; Where ‘Brexiteers’ ignorant in 2016?|
One of the most fatuous & inaccurate claims made by the mainstream media & ‘Remainer’ supporters (increasingly made in the last 18 months or so) is that Brexiteers didn’t know the ‘facts’ of what they voted for in the 2016 Referendum.
Like most of their ‘facts’ they seem to ignore the reality of the situation, as can be easily demonstrated by a quick historical internet search (including our archives) of items published PRIOR to the referendum taking place.
Full EU Referendum Leaflet Easy Read (sent to every household prior to referendum)
Editor's observations Post -Referendum: 27/06/2016
While we don’t remotely claim that our website was accessed by all 17.4m Leave voters, the fact that there is proof that we and other organisations did publicise that the ‘Leaving case’ (despite the handicap of not having £9m of government funding) is self-evident (unlike their claims of the benefits from a United States of Europe).
In addition it is becoming clear that ‘ignorant’ Brexiteers realise that the only way to implement the result of the massive vote is to make a ‘clean brake’ and then negotiate ‘on a level playing field’ with the EU.
The Democratic will of voters must not be thwarted by MPs who were elected because they promised to ensure Brexit (& not BRINO) would be achieved. Talk of ‘bringing down the government’ by certain Conservative MPs is not democratic, but rather a demonstration of elitist arrogance by our so called ‘political elite’, who think their electorate is ignorant. It is time they reverted to being ‘Representatives’ from their current role of ‘Overlords’.
As for the ‘famed’ neutrality of our Civil Service, they have taken their lead from certain Remainer Ministers which, while it may be understandable, has limited UK preparations for a WTO exit. Looking back it is apparent that this version of Civil Service neutrality was in place before, during & after the 2016 Referendum.BfB: Customs Costs Post-Brexit
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’: