NHS job evaluation scheme gets HR thumbs up

first_imgNHS job evaluation scheme gets HR thumbs upOn 11 Feb 2003 in Personnel Today Comments are closed. HR professionals in the NHS have welcomed a new job evaluation scheme thatwill form the foundation of the new Agenda for Change pay system. The Agenda for Change package, which is initially to be piloted at 10 NHStrusts in the UK, is designed to raise wages and modernise pay scales. It willalso provide incentives for NHS staff to develop their skills. Under the scheme, 200 national profiles are being prepared for all jobs,except for doctors, dentists and senior mana- gers, to help calculate scores todetermine where staff should be placed in the new pay bands. Elaine Way, president of the Association of Healthcare Human ResourceManagement, believes the initiative will boost morale by ensuring equal pay. “In terms of staff morale, it is essential that staff know they arepaid fairly, relative to others in the organisation. The NHS job evaluationsystem will support this – particularly as it has been developed openly on apartnership basis,” she said. The job evaluation process involves the creation of a ‘matching panel’,comprising local staff representatives and employers who will gather jobdescriptions of all their staff. Every person’s job will be fed into a computer programme to determine apoints score for their job description, which will be matched to the nationaljob profile, determining basic salary www.doh.gov.uk Previous Article Next Article Related posts:No related photos.last_img read more

EU Navfor: Malaysian Flagged Motor Vessel MV Albedo Sinks

first_imgBack to overview,Home naval-today EU Navfor: Malaysian Flagged Motor Vessel MV Albedo Sinks View post tag: News by topic July 9, 2013 Industry news View post tag: Motor View post tag: vessel View post tag: Naval View post tag: Albedo View post tag: Defense View post tag: M/Vcenter_img EU Naval Force can confirm that the Malaysian flagged Motor Vessel MV Albedo, held by armed pirates at an anchorage close to the Somali Coast, has sunk in rough seas.MV Albedo has been in pirate hands since it was attacked in the Indian Ocean in November 2010, and was in pirate hands when it sank.An EU Naval Force warship and Maritime Patrol Aircraft have closed the sea area and are carrying out a Search and Rescue operation to search for any survivors. The whereabouts of the 15 crew members from MV Albedo is still to be confirmed.EU Naval Force continues to monitor the situation.[mappress]Press Release, July 9, 2013; Image: EU Navfor View post tag: Sunk View post tag: Flagged View post tag: Malaysian View post tag: Defence View post tag: Navy EU Navfor: Malaysian Flagged Motor Vessel MV Albedo Sinks Share this articlelast_img read more

Tribunal upholds racist claim

first_imgKeble College was found guilty of racism over the dismissal of an Asian head accountant.In January 2005 Diamond Versi sued Keble College and its Bursar, Roger Boden, on grounds of unfair dismissal, race discrimination, victimisation and breach of contract.An employment tribunal at Reading Crown Court concluded unanimously that Versi was “unfairly dismissed” and that he was “unlawfully discriminated against” by both Keble College and Boden on the grounds of his race.Versi now stands to receive over £250,000 from the College and can also demand personal damages from Boden.The tribunal noted that the relationship between Versi and Boden began to deteriorate around Christmas 2002 when Boden raised concerns about Versi’s ability to access the College’s accounts from home. In a personal note, Boden said, “Diamond seems to have been spending quite a lot of money this year. A few months ago he bought a new BMW. Over the Christmas break he and his wife are going to Sri Lanka for a fortnight’s holiday.”Keble College said they had contacted auditors Grant Thorntons with these concerns. The auditors suggested that they should “hold the passwords of senior staff as part of their risk management pratices”.The tribunal, however, found that Boden had conducted a “fraud investigation with no factual background to justify it” and that it was “merely the whim of the Bursar”. The tribunal said Boden had employed a forensic accountant and that consequently, “It was more than a routine investigation: it was in fact a full-blooded fraud investigation.”Versi toldCherwell, “As soon as Roger arrived, he said he didn’t want me listening in to his conversations. The next thing he said was that he wanted access to my files, which was very unusual. I thought that was an infringement of my privacy.” Versi said that the investigation had “found nothing” and that he was “squeaky clean”.Averil Cameron, Warden of Keble College, said the College had not instigated a “fraud investigation”, but had taken “prudent measures about security passwords to the finance system which had caused the bursar some concern,” she said. “Diamond was insulted because he thought his personal integrity was being questioned.”Versi also cited Hien Le in the tribunal, a former assistant Hall Manager, whom he hoped to employ in the accounts department.“I spotted talent and wanted her to come and work for me,” said Versi. However, Versi said that Boden offered Hien Le £5,000 to continue working in Hall.Speaking toCherwell, Hien Le agreed that the College had offered her more money to stay in Hall as the conference season had started and more staff were needed to work at that time. But the College also said she could move to the accounts department immediately if she so chose.“I was working well with the hall manager and I was good at my job,” she said. “But it was always my dream to work in an accounts office as it was a big opportunity for my future.”Le decided to move to the accounts department and the transfer was made immediately.She said she was “very disappointed” and “upset” that Versi had cited her in the tribunal.“I have been here since 1998 and I have never been discriminated against by Roger and I do not think he is a racist,” she said. “He has always been very supportive and kind.” She added, “I have never been treated differently or made to feel foreign.”The tribunal also noted that in February 2003 Boden refused to sanction a loan to a Pakistani employee of £4,000. Versi said he was authorised to pay a £2,000 loan to anybody after he had “vetted their finances and asked questions as to why they wanted the money”.“I gave loans to about twenty people and they were all one. This Pakistani woman had come back from Pakistan, and had a large amount of credit card debt.”Versi said that Boden went to the finance committee to remove his authority to distribute loans, which he believes is because he wanted to provide the Pakistani woman with a loan.The College said Versi’s distribution of loans were “not part of his job description” and that they did not think distributing loans to consolidate credit card debt was appropriate.Roger Boden said, “We are considering an appeal in light of which it would be inappropriate to make further comment.”Averil Cameron, speaking on behalf of the College, said, “I think we can all say that we’re absolutely shocked. I think the finding is unfair.” She said that the College “do not accept” the finding and that she believes “the College’s submission has not been listened to”.“There were various issues of procedure and Diamond did not like his authority being challenged,” she said. “But this was about the restructuring of the accounts department. He had complaints about matters in 2003. They were nothing to do with race.”She confirmed that these matters had all been dealt with by the college’s internal grievance procedures.The Warden contacted all members of the College via email and later held meetings in order to reaffirm the college’s support for Boden.Speaking toCherwell, Versi said that he was “ecstatic at the outcome of the trial”.“Every point of racial discrimination that I put to the tribunal has come out trumps,” said Versi. “You haven’t got any idea what this man has put me through.” Versi said it would be “foolhardy” of Boden to consider an appeal and added “they’re just going to bring themselves into more disgrace and more publicity for me”.JCR President Moshin Zaidi said the judgement was “just ridiculous”.“I can 100 percent say there was no racism involved. Roger Boden is genuinely one of the nicest people at Keble,” he said. “I know him well enough to know that racism is not what he’s about.”ARCHIVE: 0th week TT 2005last_img read more

Basset Hound Olympics Postponed Until Saturday

first_imgMaking sense of what gets in the way of developing your sense of humor The Basset Hound Olympics have been postponed until Saturday after the Doo Dah Parade in Ocean City, NJ.The annual Basset Hound Olympics scheduled for 1 p.m. Friday (April 10) have been postponed until Saturday (April 11) after the Doo Dah Parade.The grounds of the Ocean City Tabernacle are too wet for the short-legged athletes, the comfort of the owners and the health of the field, event organizers determined on Friday morning.The Olympics will now be held at the practice field on the beach block of Sixth Street between Ocean City High School and the Ocean City Boardwalk after the Doo Dah Parade, which starts at noon Saturday and typically lasts a little more than an hour.The original announcement of the event is as follows. A humor program remains on schedule for 2 p.m. Friday at the Ocean City Free Public Library. Ocean City’s annual display of high energy and athleticism — the Basset Hound Olympics — returns to the grounds of the Ocean City Tabernacle at 1 p.m. Friday (April 10).The Spring Games are a precursor to Saturday’s Doo Dah Parade, in which more than 500 bassets make up the “tail” end of the procession.The good-natured event includes the short-legged hounds leaping over hurdles, navigating obstacle courses, sprinting and competing in other events.The venue is set up near the intersection of Sixth Street and Asbury Avenue, and the Olympics are free to watch.Also on Friday, Dr. Joel Goodman, creator of the Humor Project of Saratoga Springs, N.Y., will present a program on the benefits of humor at 2 p.m. at the Ocean City Free Public Library, 17th Street and Simpson Avenue. Goodman has given such programs on all seven continents of the world and for many major corporations and government agencies. Admission is free.Goodman returns to Ocean City for the 11th time as part of the annual Doo Dah celebration.His presentation promises to teach about: The Steve Allen Principle: The secret to finding humor in life and to preventing hardening of the attitudes. Reasons why you should be very serious about humor: And how humor might increase the quality and quantity of your life The magic of humor as aikido to turn negative situations into laughing matters The bottom (funny) line of humor: The art of laughing at yourselflast_img read more

Transparency data: DHSC: workforce management information September 2019

first_imgThe Department of Health and Social Care publishes details about staff numbers and payroll costs for payroll and non-payroll staff on a monthly basis.last_img

McVitie’s extends range with premium-style ‘VIBs’ biscuit trio

first_imgPladis-owned McVitie’s has extended its range with a trio of ‘competitively-priced’ premium-styled biscuits.The ‘A-list’ Very Important Biscuits (VIBs) comprise Classic Caramel Bliss, Heavenly Chocolate Hazelnut and Luscious Blood Orange.Described by brand director Emma Stowers as its “finest biscuits to date”, each biscuit is topped with a layer of caramel and coated with McVitie’s milk chocolate.Launching in Asda from 12 July at an rrp of £1.79 for a 250g pack, they will extend the biscuit brand’s Everyday Treats portfolio, and will roll out to major retailers and selected independents from late August.McVitie’s said it hoped the launch would attract young shoppers.“We’re seeing a huge opportunity to encourage shoppers looking to make snack-time a little bit special to trade up. But at present, shoppers on the look-out for special biscuits are likely to have to spend up to 200% more than they do on everyday treats,” said Stowers.“We’re setting the rrp for VIBs very competitively – providing even more incentive to trade up, at the same time as making them affordable enough to enjoy on a regular basis, while still feeling premium.”The new biscuits will be kicking off across social media with a ‘Very Important Biscuits, Very Hard to Describe’ campaign, whereby shoppers will be encouraged to describe the biscuits on their social channels, said the firm.“Our vision is for [the VIBs] to become a best-selling range in the biscuit aisle within its first few years on shelves, and we will be supporting it with PR and social activity, out-of-home advertising, digital and radio, as well as shopper marketing.”last_img read more

Jans Ingber’s Funk Fellowship To Bring Expert Musicians To The Bay Area

first_imgBeloved singer Jans Ingber continues his Funk Foundation domination, as he’s assembled yet another glorious musical crew to throw it down in New Orleans. Just after revealing plans for a throwdown in Brooklyn, Ingber has just announced a glorious New Orleans Funk Foundation that includes so many talented artists.Jans Ingber Rocks New Funk Fellowship Band With Members of Vulfpeck & The Main Squeeze [Watch]Ingber’s lineup includes Marc Broussard (vocals), New Mastersounds’ Eddie Roberts (guitar), Wil Blades (keys), Reinhardt Melz (drums). Victor Little (bass), Mike Olmos (trumpet), Daniel Cesares (sax), and Omega Rae (vocals). Ingber will, of course, be contributing his usual blend of percussion and vocals throughout the performance.It’s all going down at The New Parish in Oakland, CA on June 10th! For more information about the show, you can head here.last_img read more

China strips license from second lawyer for HK activists

first_imgTAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — A second Chinese lawyer who represented a Hong Kong pro-democracy activist has been stripped of his license as Beijing attempts to crush opposition to its tighter control over the territory. Ren Quanniu, who represented one of 12 Hong Kong activists who tried to flee to Taiwan, said he had his license revoked by provincial judicial authorities. Ten of the 12 activists caught at sea in August were sentenced in December to prison terms ranging from seven months to three years for crossing the border illegally and organizing the crossings. The two other activists are minors. Two weeks ago, judicial officials revoked the license of another lawyer involved in the case.last_img read more

As Opioid Epidemic Continues, Steps to Curb It Multiply

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York By Charles Ornstein ProPublicaThe overdose death toll from opioids, both prescription drugs and heroin, has almost quadrupled since 1999. In 2014 alone, 28,000 people died of opioid overdoses, more than half from prescription drugs.Just last month, public awareness of the opioid epidemic reached a new level when Prince was found dead with prescription narcotics on him and authorities began to investigate their role in his demise. In recent weeks, lawmakers and regulators have moved to augment treatment options for addiction and to require more education for doctors who prescribe opioids. The U.S. House of Representatives is voting on a package of bills this week; the Senate passed its own bill in March.Also in that span, the Los Angeles Times has published an investigation of Purdue Pharma, the maker of the blockbuster pain pill OxyContin, and CNN held a town hall meeting on the consequences of addiction to narcotics. Dr. David A. Kessler, former commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration, wrote an op-ed in the New York Times, calling the embrace of opioids “one of the biggest mistakes in modern medicine.”Last week, ProPublica added warnings labels to the pages of narcotic drugs in our Prescriber Checkup news app, prompted by indications that some readers are using the tool to find doctors who will prescribe these drugs with few or no questions asked (See our editor’s note).The effectiveness of any of these steps remains to be seen. There is broad consensus on the need for more treatment options, more education, more careful prescribing by doctors. But there’s still much debate about the details—and funding–for each of those steps.What’s clear is that in recent months there has been an increasing emphasis on the role of health providers and the agencies that oversee them to stem access to widely abused prescription drugs:In March, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released guidelines on prescribing of opioids for chronic pain, defined as pain that lasts for more than three months (excluding pain related to cancer, end-of-life and palliative care.) The guidelines call on doctors to choose therapies other than opioids as their preferred option; to use the lowest possible doses; and to monitor all patients closely.That same month, the FDA announced tougher warning labels on immediate-release opioids, such as fentanyl, hydrocodone, and oxycodone, to note the “serious risks of misuse, abuse, addiction, overdose and death.”Nonprofit groups and medical experts in April asked the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to remove questions about pain control from a survey of hospital patients’ satisfaction to remove any incentive to overtreat pain. And they asked The Joint Commission, which accredits health facilities, to revise its standards to deemphasize “unnecessary, unhelpful and unsafe pain treatments.” The commission pushed back, saying its standards do no such thing.Just yesterday, Dr. Steven J. Stack, president of the American Medical Association, called on doctors to do more. He encouraged doctors to use their state’s Prescription Drug Monitoring Program to ensure their patients aren’t shopping for multiple doctors to prescribe them drugs. He called on them to co-prescribe a rescue drug, naloxone, to patients at risk of overdose. And he told them to generally avoid starting opioids for new patients with chronic, non-cancer pain.“As physicians, we are on the front lines of an opioid epidemic that is crippling communities across the country,” Stack wrote in a statement, published on the Huffington Post. “We must accept and embrace our professional responsibility to treat our patients’ pain without worsening the current crisis. These are actions we must take as physicians individually and collectively to do our part to end this epidemic.”ProPublica is a Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative newsroom. Sign up for their newsletter.last_img read more

Eagle Bulk Bondholders Approve Scrubber Amendments

first_imgNasdaq-listed Eagle Bulk Shipping saw a majority of investors vote to approve amendments to the Eagle Bulk ShipCo bond terms to finance more scrubber retrofits.Namely, the company informed that the holders of the USD 200 million in aggregate principal amount of 8.250% Senior Secured Bonds, due in November 2022, approved amendments to the bond terms at a meeting on November 6.Of the bondholders represented at the meeting, at which a quorum was present, 85.36 per cent voted in favor of the amendments, which was a qualified majority, Eagle Bulk Shipping informed.The amendment to the bond terms would allow for the use of proceeds from the sale of security vessels, up to a proposed USD 25 million for the partial financing of scrubbers. This would finance four exhaust gas cleaning systems to be retrofitted to the company’s fleet of vessels and options to purchase 18 additional scrubbers, the company earlier said.In early September 2018, Eagle Bulk signed a series of agreements to purchase of up to 37 scrubbers. The contracts include firm orders for 19 scrubbers and up to an additional 18 units. The projected cost, including installation, is approximately USD 2 million per scrubber system.Eagle Bulk separately released its financial report for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2018, in which it cited a rise in net revenues and TCE revenue.The company delivered net revenues of USD 69.1 million in the third quarter of the year, representing an increase of 10% compared to the same period in 2017, while TCE revenue for the quarter equated to USD 46.5 million, surging by 31% year-on-year.Net income for the period stood at USD 2.6 million, compared to a net loss of USD 10.3 million for the comparable quarter in 2017.“The third quarter marks the seventh consecutive quarter where we have outperformed the benchmark Baltic Supramax Index; a significant accomplishment in what has been a steadily rising market,” Gary Vogel, Eagle Bulk’s CEO, said.last_img read more