Through a combination of short-listing and video interviewing, the candidate pool was reduced by 80% allowing selection boards more time for value add interactions with candidates. The level of publicservice wide recruitment and selection undertaken since 2016, in particular, has only been possible due to the commitment, innovation and exceptional work ethic consistently demonstrated by PAS staff throughout this period. In 2018, 57 new staff started work in PAS. The fact that these new staff were assimilated into the PAS culture quickly and effectively while maintaining high levels of output is testimony to the PAS People Strategy, which provides for a work environment where people feel valued and are given every possible opportunity for involvement and both job and personal development.
I understand that, since the publication of the Progress Report, there has been further work undertaken by the HSE in relation to embedding a standardised system for the recording of complaints at a local level and training staff to ensure this happens in a consistent manner. In addition, two e-learning modules have been rolled out, one of which is for front line staff and the other for Complaints Officers. During 2019 audits of local compliance with all my recommendations will be conducted and fed back to the National Complaints Governance and Learning Team in the HSE. I am encouraged by this evidence of continued progress.
As the majority of us in Ireland will die in acute hospitals and residential care settings, the IHF has developed and implemented quality improvement and training programmes to optimise care and supports for end-of-life across these healthcare settings. Our Design and Dignity programme has now seen over 40 spaces in acute hospitals transform to provide oases of calm in busy hospital environments. Our Hospice Friendly Hospitals programme continues to work with acute hospitals to ensure that end-of-life, palliative and bereavement care are central to the everyday business of hospitals. These initiatives aim to enhance the quality of remaining life that patients at end-of-life experience and help to support those left bereaved. Our advocacy work in the same period has ensured that health and social policy making stays cognisant of the needs of the dying and bereaved, sometimes overlooked in a health service under
This paper reports on a unit that was developed to help address the concern: How can we better prepare pre-service teachers for issues they may face in their employment and especially in rural schools? The need for a unit to address this concern evolved as a response to the findings of two research projects in which we were involved. The Bush Tracks project –both Phase One and Two – comprised a cross discipline collective of academics who initially conducted a survey with early, mid and late career rural teachers. Following the survey, semi-structured interviews were carried out with participants who volunteered to explore the existence, or not, of particular rural pedagogies, as well as opportunities for accelerated leadership in rural schools. Bush Tracks Phase 2 followed this original study and involved the researchers visiting rural/remote schools to shadow and observe the teaching principals of small rural/remote schools while they carried out their daily work. Again, semi- structured interviews were undertaken, this time to identify the nature of teaching principals’ work, their concerns and supports. (For further detail about these research projects please refer to the Bush Tracks publication edited by Graham & Miller, 2015). Based on these research findings and the literature relating to the experiences of teachers in rural locations, a unit of study was designed to address the context, issues and possible responses with a view to equipping pre-service teachers with understandings and strategies relevant to coping with the demands of teaching in a rural context. It is expected that the description of this unit may be of value to other teacher education programs in Australia.
The Department plays a support role in the ongoing development of the Better Start Access and Inclusion Model (AIM) which was launched in June 2016 by the Department of Children and Youth Affairs (DCYA). This is a model of supports designed to ensure that children with disabilities can access the Early Childhood Care and Education (ECCE) programme. In 2018 DES/EYEPU, which sits on the cross-sectoral implementation group steering the initiative, continued to provide supports to the AIM model through participation in both the project team on developments such as AIM Inclusive Play (AIP) Resources (6,500 packs delivered to ECCE services nationally in 2018) and the Training working group which developed further training programmes in 2018. A consortium led by Mary Immaculate College, in partnership with Early Childhood Ireland and Froebel, Maynooth University, is delivering the award winning “Leadership for Inclusion (LINC) programme” http://lincprogramme.ie/ nationwide to 900 students per annum over four years to train an Inclusion Coordinator – a key role that has been identified to help support children with a disability in pre-school – to work in every early years setting. An additional capitation is paid by DCYA to services which employ an Inclusion Coordinator. The third cohort of students graduated in October 2018.
6. We said we would act so that young people feel safe in education and can achieve their potential. Our world-leading anti-homophobic, biphobic and transphobic bullying programme exceeded our public targets — having now worked with more than 1,800 schools — and we have extended it for another year to reach even more schools. We have also completed our reforms of Relationships Education and Relationships and Sex Education, making them inclusive for all children whatever their developing sexual orientation or gender identity.
It is also crucial to understand what the trends are in closing the disadvantaged gap – an objective shared by almost all policymakers and education commentators. Over recent years, and contrary to the perceptions of some, there has been a closing of the gap on most measures. This closure has taken place over a period of 20 years during which education and social policy has had a strong focus on improving opportunities and reducing the inequalities in social outcomes. A concern from this year’s report is the apparent significant slowdown in the rate of gap closure, against a background of rising child poverty and financial pressures on many of the services which vulnerable children
The Office typically deals with a substantial volume of media queries annually . Whilst the Office is mindful of the important role that the media can play in informing the debate on company law, compliance and governance issues generally, and strives where possible to assist the media in dealing with general queries, it must equally take great care in how it does so . The Office is precluded under its governing legislation from making any public comment on the conduct of investigations, except in respect of information which is already in the public domain . In addition, the Office is mindful of the rights of individuals and other persons coming before the Courts, and, as such, it does not issue progress reports or any other information on its enforcement activity if to do so could potentially prejudice any future legal actions .
Our new organisation, the PublicAppointmentsService, must live up to the strong tradition of the past. We have already embarked on a period of dramatic change, with time and cost becoming enormous drivers for increased use of technology. However, I am confident of success. During 2004 we demonstrated that we have the expertise, the professionalism and, above all, the enthusiasm we need to meet our many challenges; our ultimate aim being to provide cost-effective, high quality services to our clients. I look forward to working closely with our new Board and its Chairman Mr. Frank Murray to ensure that the strong tradition and standards of the Office of the Civil Service and Local Appointments Commissioners live on in the new entity of the PublicAppointmentsService as we enter a new and challenging public sector recruitment environment.
During 2017, our commitment to enhance PAS processes and systems to improve operational excellence has seen the ongoing development of our online testing capacity to enhance management of the large volume of PAS job applications. Candidate and assessor feedback on the use of asynchronous video- based assessment has been positive, and this approach will be further developed in 2018. PAS also completed a remote proctoring pilot project in 2017 and testing under competition conditions will now proceed. The initial phase of Project Nova, which will replace our STAR IT Recruitment Platform in the light of changing recruitment requirements and technology advances, is underway. The rollout of our own e-learning interview modules was a highlight for 2017, and can provide assurance as to the quality of selection boards for all types of competitions run by PAS.
The Standards Commission has reported in previous annual reports on its investigation of alleged contraventions of the Ethical Framework for the Local Government Service by two members of Killarney Town Council, one of whom was found to have contravened those provisions in a number of respects. In the annualreport for 2008, it reported that following an investigation hearing in 2007, it referred a report to the Director of Public Prosecutions about alleged breaches of the Local Government Ethical Framework by Councillor Patrick O’Donoghue. He was subsequently charged with offences under the Local Government Act 2001 and at a hearing in the Circuit Criminal Court in Tralee on 12 March 2009, Councillor O’Donoghue pleaded guilty to a charge that he “being a member of Killarney Town Council and being a person with actual knowledge of his beneficial interest in certain lands at Killarney on dates between January 1, 2006 and March 6, 2006, at Killarney - sought to influence a decision of Killarney Town Council in respect of a matter regarding the performance by that authority of its functions under the Planning Act 2000, namely the rezoning of those lands”. A charge that he failed to withdraw from the Council meeting on the night of 6 March 2006, when the motion was considered, was withdrawn.
Large-scale and systemic state capture, which is the root of widespread corruption, is acquiring such proportions in Serbia that it may undermine the success of its transition. This phenomenon of state capture has to be differentiated from the corrupt actions of giving and receiving bribery (‘administrative corruption’) and connected with the institutional and legal weaknesses of the social system. Recent literature 1 defines state capture as the ‘seizure’ of laws to the advantage of corporate business via influential political links in the parliament and government. When the state is captured in this manner, the whole legal system becomes the opposite of what it should be, because it works to the advantage of illegal interests that are dressed up in a legal form. 2 For the purpose of this policy paper, I have defined ‘state capture’ as any group or social strata, external to the state, that exercises decisive influence over state institutions and policies for its own interests against the public good. I will show that in Serbia, political parties are the main agents being used to appropriate state and public assets. They are systematically expanding their political and financial power, influence and ability to employ their relatives and party cronies, and promote the personal and corporate interests of the political and economic elites in control behind the scene. The appropriation of state institutions and functions by the political party leadership is being carried out by the use of a variety of mechanisms, which I will explain using my research data. How the citizens of Serbia perceive the role of the parties in state capture and corruption will be presented using a survey of public opinion conducted specifically for this paper. I will conclude by presenting a list of policies that should be applied to reduce or neutralise the captured state phenomenon.
etc. Moyamba district has 55% General Service Index (GSI) for all categories of health facilities assessed during this research. Readiness scores in preventive curative, antenatal care service and malaria services are above 90% in the district, while all other readiness scores are below 90%. The least readiness score is High-level diagnostic equipment with 1%.
Around 200 Year 12 and 13 students from five schools had the opportunity to tour UC’s Electrical and Computer Engineering facilities in July 2018. They learnt about Tesla coils, PV cells, EVs, induction and magnetic levitation motors, helping inform their physics studies.