IT staff issue health warning to NHS over pay reform plans

first_img Previous Article Next Article ITstaff at the NHS could walk out if their salaries are cut as part of a radicalrestructuring of pay scales, experts warn. The‘Agenda for Change’ programme, which will be rolled out across the UK from 1December, is designed to tackle pay inequalities for one million NHS employees,but IT staff could lose out.TheDepartment of Health has not released a breakdown of how IT was affected by thenew pay structure at early adopter sites, but evidence from City HospitalSunderland showed a pay range for all but the most senior IT staff of between£11,500 and £18,600. Accordingto the Chartered Management Institute, the average IT manager in the UKearns more than £50,000.Expertssaid an IT exodus would pose a serious risk to services, at a time when the NHSis investing around £6bn in IT systems. JillGeorge, a member of the national executive council of the Amicus union, told Personnel Today’s sister magazine Computer Weekly that many NHS IT staffwere “incredibly angry”, and would leave if the changes go ahead.TheDepartment of Health said that it was working closely with professional bodiesto ensure the new job profiles accurately reflect the roles in IT. IT staff issue health warning to NHS over pay reform plansOn 21 Sep 2004 in Personnel Today Comments are closed. Related posts:No related photos.last_img read more

Will Hamilton’s Lin-Manuel Miranda Join New Mary Poppins?

first_imgLin-Manuel Miranda(Photo: Bruce Glikas) from $149.00 Lin-Manuel Miranda Hamilton Star Filescenter_img Related Shows View Comments Will Lin-Manuel Miranda fly from 18th-century America to 20th-century London? According to Variety, the Hamilton star and creator is in talks to star alongside the previously speculated Emily Blunt in Disney’s new Mary Poppins.Before you picture Miranda singing/rapping “Chim Chim Cher-ee,” keep in mind: the new film will not be a direct remake of the 1964 Julie Andrews movie. Instead, the new Poppins will focus on the other tales in author P.L. Travers’ 1934-1988 children’s book series. The Tony, Emmy and Grammy winner would play Jack, a lamplighter (not Bert, famously played by Dick Van Dyke).Rob Marshall, who helmed the recent big-screen adaptation of Into the Woods, is on board to direct. Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman, the team behind Hairspray, Smash’s Bombshell and the Broadway-bound Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, will compose a new score and original songs. This is the third Disney project for Miranda, who penned a number for Lucasfilm’s Star Wars: The Force Awakens and wrote songs for Disney’s upcoming Moana.last_img read more

Colombian Police Create Special Unit to Reinforce Security

first_img As part of a package of strategies to improve citizen security that will be announced in the next few weeks, Colombia will set up a special intervention group headed by the director of the National Police, General José Roberto León. Defense Minister Juan Carlos Pinzón revealed that this group will be a special corps of uniformed personnel that will have the ability to carry out rapid-intervention processes in cities or municipalities that need it. Minister Pinzón made the announcement on June 15, at a promotion ceremony for National Police commanders held in Bogotá. “This new capability will serve so that in each city in the country where we feel that there’s a deterioration or there are specific security concerns, the director of the police can go in with that force and intervene in order to transform and stabilize that situation,” he specified. He added that specific strategies will also be implemented in order to more effectively confront criminal phenomena such as illegal mining, petty extortion, and petty trafficking. “I exhort you (General León) and your entire agency, let’s step on the gas and create more capabilities and new alternatives that can give citizens confidence that we’re growing in strength to confront not only the major threats, but also the problems in the cities,” the defense minister affirmed. By Dialogo June 21, 2012 It seems to me that the specific planning, especially that of Colombia, should include fighting the illegal smuggling of weapons, especially when the Farcs announce the purchase of land-to-air missiles. Finally, I must congratulate Colombia for its pertinent and constant interest in fighting all manifestations of violence.last_img read more

Asian institutional investor tenders Korean equity mandate using IPE-Quest

first_imgAn institutional investor based in Asia has tendered a $50m-100m (€37m-73m) Korean equities mandate, using IPE-Quest.According to search QN1375, the investor is looking specifically for active managers focusing on bottom-up, quality companies.Managers should employ the KOSPI index as benchmark, with a tracking error of no more than 6%.They should also have at least $1bn in assets under management and a minimum track record of three years. Applicants should state performance, gross of fees, to the end of September 2013.The closing date for applications is 22 January.The IPE.com news team is unable to answer any further questions about IPE-Quest tender notices to protect the interests of clients   conducting the search. To obtain information directly from IPE-Quest, please contact Jayna Vishram on +44 (0) 20 7261 4630 or email [email protected]last_img read more

Rosberg edges Hamilton as Mercedes dominates in Bahrain

first_imgSAKHIR, Bahrain (AP):Nico Rosberg kept the upper hand on his Mercedes teammate Lewis Hamilton by setting the fastest time in yesterday’s practice sessions for the Bahrain Grand Prix, as Formula One’s top team dominated again.Rosberg, who won the season-opening race in Australia and the final three races of last season, set a best time of 1 minute, 31.001 seconds at the Sakhir circuit, a quarter of a second faster than Hamilton.”We were very quick on one lap and also on the longer runs, so I’m really looking forward to qualifying and the race,” Rosberg said.Mercedes was in a league of its own, with third-place Jenson Button of McLaren 1.3 seconds off Rosberg’s time. That was an encouraging performance for McLaren, which has been on a slow development path with engine partner Honda since last season.Ferrari, which appears to be Mercedes’ main challenger this season, was further off the pace. Kimi Raikkonen was fifth, followed in sixth by Sebastian Vettel, who was forced to park the car trackside due to a loose nut on his left rear wheel late in the evening session.Ferrari believes it has better pace over longer runs than the brief bursts in practice and qualifying, and also demonstrated much better acceleration from the standing start than Mercedes in the season opener, yet Vettel recognised his rival’s strength.THE BENCHMARK”Mercedes are the benchmark. They have looked really competitive this afternoon and this evening, but hopefully, we can be a bit closer,” Vettel said. “The car feels all right. There’s bits and bobs we can improve.”Max Verstappen was fourth fastest for Toro Rosso, the Red Bull pair Daniil Kvyat and Daniel Ricciardo was seventh and ninth, respectively, and Williams drivers Valtteri Bottas and Felipe Massa eight and 10th. Williams is set to use a redesigned front wing today.The heavily criticised rolling elimination format for qualifying will be used again today. The format resulted in an embarrassing anticlimax in the final Q3 session in Melbourne as teams sought to preserve tires rather than attempt to improve times. The teams met on race day in Australia and resolved to revert to last year’s qualifying system but could not unanimously agree at the F1 Commission on how to alter it, so rolling elimination remains.Renault driver Kevin Magnussen is facing a grid penalty after failing to stop and have his car weighed when directed to do so during yesterday’s evening practice session.last_img read more