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Tough NHS HR targets seen as unrealistic

first_img Health service personnel managers and unions have questioned whether tough NHS performance targets set by the Government can be put into practice.Newly elected president of health service HR managers body AHHRM Sally Storey said the 60-point framework was overwhelming and claimed it will be impossible for trusts to meet the deadline. “We welcome the focus on HR and on its performance. But we have concerns about management capacity in the NHS and its ability to deliver it.”She added, “We are short of staff at managerial level, and reduction initiatives have worn away our management capacity to the limit.”MSF head of health Roger Kline welcomed the HR targets but said previous experience showed that trusts would struggle to implement the policy.“We still have concerns about whether some trusts will prioritise good employment practice and doubts about the skills and capacity of HR staff in some trusts and at regional level,” he said. Tough NHS HR targets seen as unrealisticOn 17 Oct 2000 in Personnel Today Previous Article Next Article Comments are closed. Related posts:No related photos.last_img read more

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HR must prepare for the upturn by forward planning

first_img Previous Article Next Article HR must prepare for the upturn by forward planningOn 24 Sep 2002 in Personnel Today There is a need to woo talented staff now, ready for the economy’s recoveryThe duration of the current economic downturn has even surpassed theexpectations of some of the best economists. While redundancies and restructuring are commonplace, HR managers failing tofocus on recruitment are risking the long-term future of their companies. As HR professionals, we know that recruitment is dynamic. We know it cannotsimply be turned on or off according to the economic conditions. We also knowthat companies that choose to ignore recruitment risk never recovering from aneconomic downturn. HR will need to convince the board of this strategy – it is certain therewill be screams for a headcount cut when the bottom line begins to falter. Andas the economy limps on, HR managers face a crisis that could make or break thecompanies they are working for. They need to prove to the board that a stagnant recruitment function is partof a shortsighted strategy, and usually the result of over-reaction toquarterly results. The double impact of a global slowdown and the events of September 11, forexample, meant a scythe was swung through hundreds of thousands of jobs acrossall sectors. I am not saying the majority of these redundancies were notneeded, but the rashness with which they were executed bore the hallmark of aknee-jerk reaction. During this rather ambiguous downturn, some companies are downsizing,restructuring and recruiting all at the same time. However, even when a companyis not looking to recruit, to ignore the recruitment function during hard timesis to risk the stability and reputation of the company in better times. It is essential to plan ahead for the upturn, rather than simply manage thehere and now. Specialist recruiters are often the first to be axed, but how canan HR department hope to secure the best candidates without the very employeeswho can recruit the right people for the job once that recovery begins? More importantly, HR also needs a fundamental shift in its thinking. Wecould learn a great deal from our counterparts in the sales and marketingprofessions. We must adopt a more business-like attitude to recruitment, wherepotential candidates are regarded as customers who we need to aggressivelymarket our company to. It sounds so simple and, quite frankly, it can be. HR needs to acknowledgethat the downturn won’t last forever, and that we shall soon need to recruit tofill the gaps. To enable efficient recruitment, it is vital that the HRdepartment manages its community of candidates during the downturn. Take graduate recruitment, for example. Something as simple as sending acongratulations card to a graduate who has just received their results can bean invaluable gesture from an employer to a potential employee. Experiencetells us that candidates need to be kept ‘warm’ during the recruitment process,and companies should never be complacent enough to assume that candidates arenot in touch with your competitors. HR will always need to retain its essential soft skills, but new words canenter the HR vocabulary. Think customer relationship management; thinkmarketing; think technology; think speed and accuracy. A downturn can be used as a fallow recruitment period in which the HRdepartment could be responsible for promoting the company’s profile andreputation among potential candidates and competitors. When the economyeventually picks up, therefore, the company will already be half way toattracting and recruiting the best candidates. Now is the time for HR to raise its game to ensure that it acts as theguardian of the future, rather than the bastion of the past. Mark Tennant, vice-president of resourcing at Accenture HR Services(formerly e-peopleserve). Related posts:No related photos. Comments are closed. last_img read more

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eUniversities team goes corporate

first_imgThe Government-backed distance e-learning initiative, UK eUniversitiesWorldwide (UKeU), has appointed a new corporate business development team whichaims to create and deliver degree content courses for companies in the publicand private sector. UKeU’s first course will be launched in January, and the team is indiscussions with a number of organisations to create content specificallymatched to their needs. “Much e-learning to date has been supply-led, poorly delivered andtouted as a universal solution,” says Michael Smith, who leads the UKeUteam. “What sets UKeU apart is its flexible approach to working withcorporations to facilitate the integration with other training methods, whiledelivering high-quality, postgraduate degree-level training.” Based on its own research, UKeU says it will be developing programmes inbusiness management, finance, e-commerce, nursing, bio-sciences, media and ITmanagement. www.ukeu.com Related posts:No related photos. eUniversities team goes corporateOn 3 Oct 2002 in Personnel Today Previous Article Next Article Comments are closed. last_img read more

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Press release: Appointment of a new Lord-Lieutenant for Rutland

first_imgSarah Furness (61) is a philosopher and ethicist who recently served the County as High Sheriff. She has worked for many years in the voluntary sector, including for Macmillan Cancer Support for Rutland (supporting those with life-limiting illnesses) and Warning Zone (introducing children to the dangers of modern life). She is a member of the steering committee for Women in Philanthropy, which supports charities across Rutland and Leicestershire; a trustee for the Sustainable Land Trust, supporting those at risk of being expelled from school; and a trustee for Rutland Grants, helping local people in need. She is a member of the Court of Leicester University.Dr Furness lives in Whissendine with her husband, Peter, a former President of the Royal College of Pathologists. They have an adult daughter.last_img read more

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Correspondence: Matt Hancock writes to Chair of the BMA

first_imgThe Health and Social Care Secretary says that he wants to work closely with the BMA to agree a deal that pays fairly, improves morale and values doctors – and, in doing so, meets the shared aim of improving patient care. consultants general practitioners junior doctors specialty and associate specialists Health and Social Care Secretary Matt Hancock has written to Dr Chaand Nagpaul, Chair of the British Medical Association (BMA), outlining his commitment to working with the BMA on upcoming contract negotiations for:last_img

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PHOTOS: David Byrne Brings His ‘American Utopia’ To Waterbury’s Palace Theatre

first_imgPhoto: Chad Anderson Photography Last night, on the same day David Byrne released American Utopia, his first solo album in a decade, the former Talking Heads frontman brought his “American Utopia” tour to Waterbury, CT’s Palace Theatre. The show marked just the fifth stop on a lengthy run that will stretch through the end of August and into September (with the recently announced NYC “Queens and Kings” shows at Kings Theatre in Brooklyn and Forest Hills Stadium in Queens).Byrne explained his excitement for this high profile tour in a recent statement: “We’ll be doing some new songs… and many others that will, I assume, be familiar. I’m excited. This is the most ambitious show I’ve done since the shows that were filmed for Stop Making Sense, so fingers crossed.” If the reviews of the first few shows of the run are any indication, this is surely a tour that we’ll be talking about for years to come. You can get a taste of the “American Utopia” spectacle by watching David Byrne’s performance on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, also from last night.Below, check out a full gallery of photos from David Byrne’s Waterbury, CT performance via photographer Chad Anderson.See below for a full list of dates. For more information, head to David Byrne’s website.David Byrne “American Utopia” Tour Upcoming Dates03/10 – Kingston, NY @ Ulster Performing Arts Center03/16 – Santiago, CL @ Lollapalooza Chile03/18 – Buenos Aires, AR @ Lollapalooza Argentina03/19 – Buenos Aires, AR @ Teatro Gran Rex03/20 – Montevido, UY @ Teatro de Verano03/23-25 – Sao Paulo, BR @ Lollapalooza Brasil03/26 – Curitiba, Brazil @ Teatro Positivo03/28 – Rio De Janeiro, Brazil @ KM De Vantagens Hall03/29 – Belo Horizonte, Brazil @ KM De Vantagens Hall04/03 – Mexico City MX @ Metropolitan Theater04/05 – Monterrey MX @ Auditorio Pabellón M04/07 – Guadalajara, MX @ Corona Capital Guadalajara*04/12 – San Diego, CA @ San Diego Civic Theater04/14 – Indio, CA @ Coachella Music Festival04/15 – Tucson, AZ @ Centennial Hall04/17 – San Diego, CA @ San Diego Civic Theater04/18 – Las Vegas, NV @ Smith Center for the Arts04/19 – Mesa, AZ @ Mesa Arts Center-Ikeda Theater04/21 – Indio, CA @ Coachella Music Festival04/24 – Dallas, TX @ Winspear Opera House04/25 – Oklahoma City, OK @ The Criterion04/27 – San Antonio, TX @ Tobin Center for the Performing Arts04/28 – Houston, TX @ White Oak Music Hall Outside Lawn04/29 – New Orleans, LA @ New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival05/04 – Atlanta, GA @ Shaky Knees Music Festival05/05 – Memphis, TN @ Beale Street Music Festival05/06 – Nashville, TN @ Ryman Auditorium05/08 – Asheville, NC @ Thomas Wolfe Civic Auditorium05/09 – Charlotte, NC @ Ovens Auditorium05/10 – Durham, NC @ Durham PAC05/12 – Washington, DC @ The Anthem05/13 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Benedum Center for the Arts05/15 – Milwaukee, WI @ Riverside Theater05/16 – Madison, WI @ Orpheum Theater05/17 – Minneapolis, MN @ Orpheum Theater05/18 – Saskatoon, SASK @ TCU Place05/20 – Edmonton, AB @ Northern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium05/21 – Calgary, AB @ Southern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium05/23 – Vancouver, BC @ Queen Elizabeth Theater05/24 – Seattle, WA @ Paramount Theater05/25 – Quincy, WA @ Sasquatch! Music Festival05/27 – Portland, OR @ Keller Audiorium05/28 – Eugene, OR @ Hult Center05/30 – Salt Lake City, UT @ Capitol Theatre06/01 – Chicago, IL @ Auditorium Theatre06/02 – Chicago, IL @ Auditorium Theater06/03 – Chicago, IL @ Auditorium Theater06/05 – Des Moines, IA @ Des Moines Civic Center06/07 – Kansas City, MO @ Kauffman Center for the Arts06/08 – St. Louis, MO @ Peabody Opera House06/09 – Indianapolis, IN @ Farmers Bureau Lawn Amphitheater06/14 – Oxford, UK @ New Theatre06/15 – Glasgow, UK @ Glasgow Royal Concert Hall06/17 – Birmingham, UK @ Birmingham Symphony Hall06/18 – Manchester, UK @ Manchester Apollo06/19 – London, UK @ Eventim Apollo06/20 – London, UK @ Eventim Apollo06/22-23 – Prague, CZ @ Metronome Festival06/25 – Zagreb, HR @ INmusic Festival06/26 – Wien, AT @ Museumsquartier06/27 – Berlin, DE @ Tempodrom06/30-07/01 – Ewijk, NL @ Down The Rabbit Hole07/03 – Days Off Festival07/05-08 – Werchter, BE @ Rock Werchter07/06 – Roskilde, DK @ Roskilde Festival07/05 – Gdynia, PL @ Open’er Festival07/11 – Oeiras, PT @ Cool Jazz Festival07/13 – Bilbao, ES @ Bilbao BBK Live Festival07/13-14 – Barcelona, ES @ Cruilla Barcelona07/17 – Zürich, CH @ Theater 1107/19 – Ravenna, IT @ Ravenna Festival07/20 – Perugia, IT @ Umbria Jazz Festival07/21 – Trieste, IT @ Piazza UNita07/27 – Camden, NJ @ XPoNential Music Festival07/28 – Columbia, MD @ Merriweather Post Pavillion07/29 – New York, NY @ Panorama Music & Arts Festival07/31 – Boston, MA @ Blue Hills Bank Pavilion08/01 – Boston, MA @ Blue Hills Bank Pavilion08/03 – Toronto, ON @ Sony Center for the Performing Arts08/04 – Toronto, ON @ Sony Center for the Performing Arts08/05 – Canandaigua, NY @ Marvin Sands Performing Arts Center08/07 – Cleveland, OH @ Jacobs Pavilion at Nautica08/08 – Grand Rapids, MI @ Devos Performance Hall08/10 – Detroit, MI @ Fox Theater08/11 – Huber Heightes, OH @ Rose Music Center08/12 – Cincinnati, OH @ PNC Pavilion at Riverbend08/16 – Oakland, CA @ Fox Theater08/17 – Oakland, CA @ Fox Theater08/18 – San Jose, CA @ City National Civic Auditorium08/21 – Sacramento CA @ Community Theater08/22 – San Francisco, CA @ Bill Graham Civic Auditorium08/24 – Santa Barbara, CA @ Santa Barbara Bowl08/25 – Los Angeles, CA @ Shrine Auditorium08/27 – Morrison, CO @ Red Rocks Amphitheater08/28 – Morrison, CO @ Red Rocks Amphitheater09/15 – Queens, NY @ Forest Hills Stadium09/17 – Brooklyn, NY @ Kings TheatreDavid Byrne | American Utopia Tour | Palace Theatre | Waterbury, CT | 3/8/18 | Photos: Chad Anderson Load remaining imageslast_img read more

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A bell tolls for bravery

first_imgThe Memorial Church at Harvard University was crowded on Veterans Day with well-wishers, many of them in uniform. The guests, including one talkative baby, witnessed the stately and solemn unveiling of a stone plaque to the University’s Medal of Honor winners.Harvard claims 16 recipients of the medal, the highest U.S. military decoration for bravery. The plaque was a gift from the Harvard Veterans Alumni Organization. According to the group, more than 1,200 Harvard graduates have lost their lives during wartime military service.In the audience with other honored guests was Susan Roosevelt Weld, the great-granddaughter and granddaughter of Medal of Honor recipients President Theodore Roosevelt (Class of 1880) and his son, Gen. Theodore Roosevelt II (Class of 1909).Nov. 11 marked 91 years to the day since the close of World War I, the “war to end all wars,” even though many more conflicts have roiled the world since then.Introducing the guests was Paul E. Mawn ’63, a retired Navy captain and chairman of Advocates for Harvard ROTC, who researched Harvard’s medal recipients. They “bore the price of freedom,” he said, “which is not free.”The guest of honor was Gen. George W. Casey Jr., chief of staff of the U.S. Army. His father’s name, Gen. George William Casey ’45, appears on a bronze plaque on the north wall of the Memorial Church, honoring Harvard graduates who died in Vietnam.He read a list of the University’s Medal of Honor winners — including six from the Civil War, two from World War I, and one each from World War II, Korea, and Vietnam. “What they have in common is selflessness,” said Casey, “selflessness to others, selflessness to country.”He praised a “new generation of heroes,” represented by Sgt. 1st Class Jared C. Monti, a Massachusetts-born infantryman killed in 2006 in Afghanistan while trying to save a wounded friend. He was awarded the Medal of Honor posthumously.Harvard President Drew Faust joined Casey in unveiling the Medal of Honor plaque, mounted on the wall just to the left of the church pulpit.Faust is the daughter of McGhee Tyson Gilpin, who as a World War II U.S. Army intelligence officer was wounded in 1944 and awarded the Silver Star for valor.She called the Harvard men being honored “the finest exemplars” of graduates through the years, who from the Revolution on have served their country. Their brave deeds “remind us of the meaning of character, of devotion, of moral as well as military achievement,” said Faust. “We at Harvard are proud to have been a part of the lives of these remarkable Americans.”As current and future students pass through Harvard’s gates in search of wisdom, she said, “Let us work to ensure that we impart not just the wisdom of the mind but also the wisdom of the heart — the courage, character, and that profound sense of obligation to service and citizenship so powerfully represented by the men we honor today.”The Rev. Peter J. Gomes, the Plummer Professor of Christian Morals and Pusey Minister in the Memorial Church, called for “a moment of silence, deep silence,” while the church bell tolled sonorously.The bell was the gift of A. Lawrence Lowell, president of Harvard when the church was dedicated on Armistice Day in 1932. The bell’s inscription reads that it “should forever ring in memory of voices that are hushed.”last_img read more

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Bronx Boosters: Yankee Stadium becomes mass vaccination site

first_imgNEW YORK (AP) — Yankee Stadium is open as a COVID-19 vaccination site and is drawing lines of people from surrounding neighborhoods in the Bronx. The megasite is being restricted to Bronx residents as a way to boost vaccination rates in the New York City borough that has the highest percentage of positive coronavirus test results. The Yankees’ home opened for appointments for qualified residents early Friday under damp skies. The site run jointly by the city and state will be able to handle 15,000 people during its first week. It will be open seven days a week, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.last_img

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It’s Only a Play Opens on Broadway

first_img View Comments Congratulations to the insane cast of It’s Only a Play! Hopefully your party is a little less…tense. Now, do you mind if we squeeze into that selfie? Talk about meta. The star-packed It’s Only a Play, the Jack O’Brien-helmed comedy about theater folk celebrating (and dreading) their show’s opening night reviews, opens officially on the Great White Way on October 9 at the Schoenfeld Theatre. To commemorate the special performance of the Terrence McNally play, Broadway.com resident artist Justin “Squigs” Robertson penned this sketch of the zany bunch. Related Shows About the Artist: With a desire to celebrate the magic of live theater and those who create it, and with a deep reverence for such touchstones as the work of Al Hirschfeld and the wall at Sardi’s, Squigs is happy and grateful to be among those carrying on the traditions where theater and caricature meet. He was born and raised in Oregon, lived in Los Angeles for quite a long time and now calls New York City his home.center_img The gang’s all there (clockwise from top left): Oscar winner F. Murray Abraham as hot-tempered critic Ira Drew, Tony and Emmy winner Stockard Channing as the pill-popping starlet Virginia Noyes, Harry Potter star Rupert Grint as wunderkind director/klepto Frank Finger, Emmy winner Megan Mullally as fledgling producer Julia Budder, Tony winner Matthew Broderick as hopeful playwright Peter Austin, Tony winner Nathan Lane as Peter’s pal and eccentric TV star James Wicker and newcomer Micah Stock, making his Broadway debut as actor/singer/dancer/comedian/performance artist/mime and coat check attendant Gus. Show Closed This production ended its run on June 7, 2015 It’s Only a Playlast_img read more

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“It’s not in the budget” is just an excuse

first_img 10SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr “It’s not in the budget.” “We don’t have the budget for that now.” “We didn’t budget for that item this year.”If you have ever worked in a credit union or bank, you have surely heard those words. Or should I say excuses? Because that is what those phrases are.Technology, marketing and training. Those seem like the areas hardest hit with the budget axe. But the “not in the budget” excuse can strike every part of the operation.How do you avoid the excuse trap? Here are four ideas:Shift dollars—The budget is probably the budget. There are certain net income numbers you are striving to hit. But that doesn’t mean when a new idea or project arises that you should automatically rule it out because you didn’t budget for that item. Just pull the dollars from another project. For example, if you don’t have the budget for a marketing audit then pause an advertising campaign because you feel the audit will improve your overall marketing efforts. Admit it’s not a priority—You need to align the budget with what is most important to your financial institution. So be honest when it comes to talking numbers. Is there really no room in the budget for a particular item or is the honest truth you don’t want to spend the money on it? For example, you may say you want to be a fast follower in technology but your financial priorities are more important than offering an awesome mobile platform. continue reading »last_img read more