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  • Defence in the Media: 24 February 2016

    Posted on: - On blog: Defence in the media

    A wide range of Defence stories feature in today’s news, including military support transferring nurse Pauline Cafferkey, Syria and the Deepcut inquest. EBOLA  All papers carry the story on British nurse Pauline Cafferkey, who contracted ebola in Sierra Leone, being …

  • Meet our customers - SkillsPlanner

    Posted on: - On blog: Innovate UK

    Skills shortages are hampering today’s construction projects across the UK, and forecasts in the key industry reports suggest the problem will persist will into the next decade without concerted action. It is timely, therefore, that the Ethos-led and Innovate UK-funded …

  • Response to BMA's strike announcement

    Posted on: - On blog: Department of Health Media Centre

    The British Medical Association has today announced new dates for strike action by junior doctors.

  • Copy, write

    Posted on: - On blog: Intellectual Property Office blog

    I don’t consider myself an author by any means, but I often contribute blogs or articles for our website.

  • Smart planning and marking to focus on learning - not paper pushing

    Posted on: - On blog: Teaching

    By Lesley Allwood, Headteacher, Winteringham Primary School, Lincolnshire Winteringham Primary School in rural Lincolnshire has introduced smart paperless planning and “write, reflect, mark" sequences during lessons to help reduce task-duplication, improve learning and help teachers have a better work-life balance.

  • Defra’s approach to digital content

    Posted on: - On blog: Defra digital

    How Defra designs content so it's legally accurate, easy to find and easy to read.

  • Life in DVLA's Contact Centre

    Posted on: - On blog: Inside DVLA

    DVLA’s Contact Centre is the interface between us, the organisation and you, the customer.  There’s loads of really useful information on GOV.UK  and most people will be able to find what they’re looking for there.  But every year we still …

  • A legacy

    Posted on: - On blog: Inside Healthcare UK

    The last three years since Healthcare UK was launched at Arab Health in January 2013 have been a whirlwind of activities, missions and events in all our priority markets. It is pleasing to see that the total amount of international business …

  • DVSA publishes new guidance on fitting vehicle side guards

    Posted on: - On blog: Moving On

    The Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) has published new guidance on fitting side guards, which are also known as lateral protection devices (LPDs).

  • GOV.UK Verify: Technical delivery update, 23 February 2016

    Posted on: - On blog: GOV.UK Verify

    This blog post is for anyone interested in the technical development of GOV.UK Verify. In our first technical delivery update we explained that there are 3 parts to GOV.UK Verify and the delivery team is responsible for building and maintaining …

  • The new Five Year Forward View for mental health: opportunities for prevention and improving outcomes

    Posted on: - On blog: Public health matters

    A week ago we welcomed the independent report from the Mental Health Taskforce, setting out how national bodies, including health agencies and government departments, should work together over the next five years to improve mental health. One in four of …

  • A whole new marking system

    Posted on: - On blog: Teaching

    Shaw Primary Academy in Thurrock has implemented a new marking system that allows teachers to check every book quickly and efficiently.

  • Trialling new marking strategies

    Posted on: - On blog: Teaching

    Plantsbrook School in the West Midlands has recently piloted a new marking strategy to help ensure that students are given high quality feedback. Deputy Headteacher Emma Thom explains how the new strategy is helping support teachers’ work-life balance.

  • RAF Gibraltar Runway Renovations Complete

    Posted on: - On blog: Inside DIO

    Hi, I’m John Williams and as you may remember if you read my earlier blog, I’m a DIO Project Delivery Manager currently working on overseas projects. These include the runway renovations at RAF Akrotiri in Cyprus and RAF Gibraltar. Project …

  • BPS 2016 online applications can start from first week in March

    Posted on: - On blog: Rural payments

    Applicants in England for Basic Payment Scheme (BPS) 2016 will be able to start their online claim from the first week of March, the Rural Payments Agency (RPA) has announced. The agency is encouraging farmers and agents who are planning …

  • Defence in the Media: 23 February 2016

    Posted on: - On blog: Defence in the media

    This morning’s broadcast headlines are dominated by continued reporting of the EU referendum, as hundreds of business leaders, including more than a third of FTSE 100 leaders, have signed a letter saying that leaving the EU would risk jobs and …

  • Writing content for everyone

    Posted on: - On blog: Government Digital Service

    I work as a content designer on the Digital Marketplace and for over a year now, I’ve also been working as a volunteer in adult literacy classes.

  • Newborn blood spot (NBS) screening celebrates the first anniversary of programme expansion

    Posted on: - On blog: PHE screening

    It’s been a year since the NHS newborn blood spot screening programme expanded screening for an additional 4 inherited metabolic diseases (IMDs): maple syrup urine disease (MSUD) isovaleric acidaemia (IVA) glutaric aciduria type 1 (GA1) homocystinuria (pyridoxine unresponsive) (HCU) We …

  • Getting the balance right: mapping users on the digital inclusion scale

    Posted on: - On blog: Assisted digital

    Ana Cecilia Santos, a user researcher working on redesigning the Ministry of Justice's Help with fees service, talks about how the team is capturing it's users online skills and access and mapping these across the Digital Inclusion scale.

  • Sensible email security

    Posted on: - On blog: Government technology

    In December we told you how we are trying to make technology work for government. To discover how best to solve our common issues, the technical team have been working with our colleagues across government and suppliers.

  • Digital Outcomes and Specialists: when users will be able to buy and sell services

    Posted on: - On blog: Digital Marketplace

    Digital Outcomes and Specialists opened for applications in December. Back then, we estimated that users would be able to buy and sell Digital Outcomes and Specialists services on the Digital Marketplace at the end of February. We now expect this …

  • Three months on: How the FCO has been taking on the Spending Review challenge

    Posted on: - On blog: Civil Service

    Sir Simon McDonald looks at how the FCO are rising to the challenges and opportunities the recent Spending Review presents.

  • Defence in the Media: 22 February 2016

    Posted on: - On blog: Defence in the media

    A number of Defence related stories feature in the news this morning, including the security implications of the EU referendum debate, the on-going conflict in Syria, and continued reporting of the 2008 Apache crash

  • An agile intranet

    Posted on: - On blog: Digital health

    We designed our intranet to be continuously improved, and over recent weeks have been doing just that. Since the intranet’s launch last year we have gathered data and done extensive research to deepen our insights into our users’ behaviour. This is enabling …

  • New Winterbourne View report reflects on progress made and challenges ahead

    Posted on: - On blog: Social care

    Sir Stephen Bubb, tasked with leading the work into establishing stronger safeguards and support for adults with learning difficulties after the scandal of abuse at Winterbourne View, has published his latest and final report: Time for change: the challenge ahead. …

  • A traveller’s tale – working in Ethiopia

    Posted on: - On blog: Civil Service Fast Stream

    Clare, a statistics fast streamer shares her experiences working abroad at the Ethiopian Ministry of Education.

  • One Minute Monday: predicting the shape of the UK labour market

    Posted on: - On blog: UK Commission for Employment and Skills

    In these quick weekly posts we offer you bite-sized findings from our world-leading labour market research. Our labour market forecasts show that while demand for high skilled jobs are due to increase over the next decade, middle skilled jobs are …

  • Investing in prevention: the need to make the case now

    Posted on: - On blog: Public health matters

    This is the first in a series of four blogs, by PHE Chief Economist Brian Ferguson, looking at health economics and the case for investing in prevention initiatives: I've recently been running a series of workshops here at PHE to …

  • Do your clients sell alcohol?

    Posted on: - On blog: HMRC working with tax agents

    If yes then I want to tell you why your clients need to act now if they are an alcohol wholesaler. The Alcohol Wholesaler Registration Scheme (AWRS) was introduced on 1 January 2016 to tackle alcohol duty fraud. HMRC estimates …

  • Creative destruction

    Posted on: - On blog: Innovate UK

    Kevin Baughan talks about the role of disruptive change in driving the fourth industrial revolution.  Joseph Schumpeter You could be forgiven for thinking that “Creative Destruction” is a paradox, juxtaposing as it does, the unpalatable connotations of destruction with the inspirational emotions …