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NHS Connecting For Health

For NHS staff, accessibility, collaborative working and the reassurance that sensitive information is secure and remains confidential are top priorities when it comes to communications. That’s why increasing numbers of organisations are switching off their local email services in favour of NHSmail, the national email and directory service for the NHS in England and Scotland […]

Kent Fire Service 'Stand by Your Pan' Video

Kent Fire and Rescue Service (KFRS) has launched the musically-flavoured ‘Stand by Your Pan’ as a response to figures which highlight a particular risk to those who get peckish after a few drinks. […]

New digital recording technology to benefit UK police

The recording, transcription and storage of police interviews has always been a time-consuming and expensive process, says Simon Jones, Sales and Marketing Director for Indico Systems UK. New technology, however, is helping to boost efficiency and cut costs in this important area […]

Public Sector Document Management

Every day, local and national government and public sector departments manage millions of documents related to the individuals they deal with and the services they provide. Nick Rowley, managing director of workflow management company Oceanus discusses how to keep track of this countless correspondence, and how document management within the public sector must evolve to embrace new communication challenges. […]

Evaluating tender opportunities – no prizes for coming in second

The forecast drop in economic growth to three and a half per cent during 2009 was a big blow to businesses. However, it seems there is light at the end of the tunnel; deals are being done, the economy is forecast to grow one and a quarter per cent in 2010 and spending on public services is expected to grow by an average of 0.7 per cent for 2011-12. The green shoots are starting to show. […]

The UK government can reduce risk by using open source software

The use of open source is a topic that is continuously debated in both the private and public sectors. With some companies and organisations welcoming the liberal use of technology, whilst others fearing that in removing proprietary software companies and organisations will be doing away with vital legacy expertise and control. […]

Notts County Council lawyer wins national award

Nottinghamshire County Council’s Nathalie Birkett has been announced as Local Government Young Solicitor of the Year 2009. Nathalie was presented with the prestigious award at the Solicitors in Local Government (SLG) annual dinner at the Weekend School at Warwick University. […]

Elements for Play by 'Playgarden'

All children love the elements, whether it is digging or planting in the earth, running in the sun, splashing in the rain or watching how things move with the strength of the wind. With this love of natures elements in mind, Playgarden www.playgardens.co.uk have launched a range called Elements for Play, that schools, nurseries and pre-schools can incorporate into their outdoor learning and play. […]

Certificate of competence for Rodney Pearce

Rodney Pearce, one of the UK’s most senior and highly respected Fire Risk Assessors, who recently passed away, has been awarded a posthumous certificate of competence from Warrington Certification Limited (WCL). […]

Engineers get the measure of the larger things in life

Engineers at the University of Bath have opened a new state-of-the-art laboratory that allows them to measure very large objects, such as aeroplane wings, to within a fraction of a millimetre. […]

Housing Minister Visits Salford

Housing Minister John Healey visited New Broughton in Salford today recently as it is the first North West scheme supported by the Homes and Communities Agency’s (HCA) Kickstart funding programme to be fully signed off, with all legal agreements and contracts now exchanged. […]

Demand for ban on game bird cages

The government-appointed Working Group charged with setting rules for how ‘game birds’ will in future be produced for shooting has caused widespread dismay this week by publishing a Code of Practice that fails to outlaw the notorious battery cage for breeding birds. […]

South West's Largest Ever Housing Stock Transfer

City law firm Trowers & Hamlins has advised new social landlord Plymouth Community Homes on the largest ever housing stock transfer in the South West of England, in which all of Plymouth City Council’s 15,000 homes have been transferred to Plymouth Community Homes. […]

Home Injuries highlighted by SafeHome Tool

Injuries and their consequences produce a heavy burden on society in terms of short and long term disability, mortality, economic loss and health care costs. Whilst injuries account for only about three per cent of total deaths in Wales, the distribution of the age of death in those dying is very different from most other causes of death with a high proportion of deaths occurring in the young. After the age of one, injury is the first or second leading cause of death in most European countries, including Wales. […]