Friday, 28 October 2011

Sue Moorcroft wins prize for best romantic read

The prize, in the inaugural Romance Reader Awards, was for Sue's fourth novel, Love & Freedom, which was published by Choc Lit in June

'Against such hot competition, I honestly didn't expect the win and when the envelope was opened and my name read out, I turned to jelly. Someone had to tell me to go forward and collect the award - which is gorgeous, by the way,' she said.

The other titles shortlisted for the Best Romantic Read were: Persuade Me, Juliet Archer (Choc Lit); Swept Off Her Stilettos, Fiona Harper (Mills and Boon Riva); Wrapped Up In You, Carole Matthews (Sphere); The Hating Game, Talli Roland (Prospera Publishing).

The Reader Award for Best Historical Read was won by Perhaps Tomorrow by Jean Fullerton (Orion). The shortlisted books were: The Apothecary's Daughter, Charlotte Betts (Piatkus); Captain Corcoran's Hoyden Bride, Annie Burrows (Mills and Boon Historical Regency); The Scarlet Kimono, Christina Courtenay (Choc Lit); The Kydd Inheritance, Jan Jones (Robert Hale).

The New Talent Award for an unpublished writer was won by Henriette Gyland. The runners-up were Rosemary Dun, Sarah Callejo and Debbie White.

Carole Matthews was awarded a Hall of Fame Award for an outstanding contribution in the field of romantic fiction.

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Tickets for the Hay Festival's Winter Weekend now available

Booking is now open for the Hay Festival's twelfth Winter Festival.

The full programme reaches over 30 events, and a few highlights include: Johnny Ball throwing around puzzlers and problems from his Ball of Confusion slot on Radio 2. Carol Birch in conversation with Peter Florence on the book that led to her Man Booker Prize-nomination. Adam Hart-Davis on how philosophers, scientists and religions have tried to explain time. Francine Stock, presenter of Radio 4’s The Film Show, on how film both reflects and makes our world.

Family events... From winter wish boats & snow queens to baking spicy gingerbread & inky letter writing – the family programme is overflowing with special moments to share. Don't miss the Christmas Fayre, bursting with carols, games and treats, on Saturday from 10am in the Buttermarket, courtesy of Hay Primary School. Plus a very seasonal guest will be dropping into Richard Booth's Bookshop... (Ho! Ho! Ho!)

Into the evening... Shake your tail-feathers to the electrifying energy of five-piece Balkan swing band Gypsy Hill; book early for the screening of feature film Resistance, the adaptation of Owen Sheers’ remarkable novel, starring Michael Sheen and Andrea Riseborough; laugh your Christmas stockings off at the John Finnemore Sketch Show , as featured on Radio 4.

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Thursday, 27 October 2011

Further CQC investigations into BHRUT highlight ongoing concerns

As reported by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) this morning...

CQC's investigation into Barking, Havering and Redbridge University Hospitals NHS Trust (BHRT) has revealed major concerns throughout the entire trust.

About the investigation

The CQC inspectors began the investigation into BHRT on 4 July 2011.

The investigation focused on maternity, elective and emergency care services provided at King George Hospital and Queen’s Hospital, and looked at the governance and management systems in place at the trust.

During the investigation investigators spoke to patients about their experiences of the services and interviewed more than 200 members of staff. They also conducted interviews and received written submissions from over 100 people who had previously used the trust's services.

Key findings

Despite some signs of improvement in recent months, patients still remain at risk of poor care, particularly those receiving maternity services.

Problems found in maternity services include:

  • poor clinical care.
  • abusive and unprofessional behaviour from staff.
  • a lack of learning from maternal deaths and incidents.
  • lack of leadership from senior management.

Other areas of concern can be found below.

  • A&E services at Queen’s Hospital struggled to meet the target for admissions.
  • Staff vacancies were filled by agency, locum or bank staff which had an impact on the quality of care.
  • Lines of communication within the new structure were unclear.
  • Trust governance systems and corporate governance were weak.
  • Response to complaints was poor.

The Care Quality Commission has now made 16 key recommendations to the trust, which they will monitor through unannounced inspections.

They will then review evidence in March 2012 to determine whether it is delivering improvements or not.

Wednesday, 26 October 2011

Free employment website

The world’s first completely free-to-use employment website has just been launched in the UK. delivers more relevant and rounded candidate information to potential employers than a traditional CV ever could, and also reduces recruitment costs to zero. is an interactive fusion of online recruitment and social media. And with the innovative service being completely free-of-charge for both employers and candidates, creators Tony Wilmot and Elliot Kidd expect their latest venture to change the face of the job market.

Unlike the traditional method of posting a CV directly to employers or via a recruitment consultant, candidates on build themselves a multi-media profile that is constantly searchable and viewable by potential employers.

The enhanced profiles can include audio-visual components as well as links to social media channels, offering organisations far more insight into whether a person will be a good cultural, as well as professional, fit for a vacant post. Co-founder Tony Wilmot believes that because a wider breadth of useful information is being made accessible without cost, the concept will lead to a sea change in how recruitment is done.

Working practices to revolutionise has reported that a revolution in work that will see many employees decide when, where and how they do their jobs could be as little as a decade away.

Successful businesses will measure and reward people by results, rather than hours, and offices will shift from being nine-to-five workplaces to meeting places.

These ideas are put forward by two visiting fellows at Cass Business School, which is part of City University London, and Henley Business School in a new book, Future Work: How Businesses Can Adapt and Thrive in the New World of Work (Palgrave Macmillan), published this month.

The book, which draws on a survey of international managers and examples of companies already making the transition, argues that a radical change in working practices will help businesses boost output, cut costs, speed access to new markets, and afford employees greater freedom.

'In the 21st century, we still cling to a rigid model of fixed working time and place better suited to the industrial age,' says Maitland, a Senior Visiting Fellow at Cass Business School. 'Long hours are often required and rewarded without any measure of the productivity involved.' 'However, there is overwhelming evidence that employees are more productive if they have greater autonomy over where, when and how they work. Trusting people to manage their own work lives, individually or in teams, pays off.'

The concept could see the traditional nine to five working day disappear and be replaced with a model that rewards people by performance and results, rather than hours worked and presence in the office. Organisations that have switched to this model benefit from higher productivity, more motivated workers, better customer service and lower costs, say the authors. The key to implementing ‘future work’ is measuring output, they say. By agreeing what needs to be achieved, managers can set their employees free from the constraints of presenteeism – the belief that they must be present in the workplace, often for long hours, regardless of whether there is work to do – and allow them to work more productively.

Tuesday, 25 October 2011

The dangers associated with reading on the toilet!

A 2009 survey by Ron Shaoul, a doctor specialising in paediatric gastroenterology, investigates the health risks of reading on the loo

Our attention has been drawn to Shaoul's survey by a blog on The Guardian's website, which is illustrated by a toilet-reader armed with a copy of the broadsheet.

The survey, based on 499 questionnaires, began when Shaoul noticed the lack of scientific writing on the subject. The conclusion was that the risks to lav-readers were low. The Guardian blog, though, includes the results of a survey carried out by Val Curtis of the Hygiene Centre at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. That says that although microbes can't survive for long on absorbent surfaces (such as paper), they can last for hours on shiny plastic surfaces like those of Kindles, smartphones and iPads.

As states, there's definitely a need for "an app that does virtual handwashing".

Dylan Thomas Prize - shortlist announced

The biennial prize, in honour of Welsh poet Dylan Thomas, is for the year's best piece of writing published by an author under the age of 30.

This year's shortlist is: The Meeting Point, Lucy Caldwell (Faber); The Evolution of Bruno Littlemore, Benjamin Hale (Atlantic); Folk, Jacob Arthur Mooney (McClelland & Stewart); The Tiger's Wife, Tea Obreht (Orion), and My Sister Lives Over the Mantelpiece, Annabel Pitcher (Orion).

Three first-time novelists are included in the shortlist; Annabel Pitcher, Benjamin Hale and Tea Obreht, whose debut The Tiger's Wife has already won the Orange Prize for Fiction. Lucy Caldwell has previously been shortlisted for the Dylan Thomas Prize. Jacob Arthur Mooney is the only writer shortlisted for a poetry collection.

The winner will be announced on 9 watch this space!
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Monday, 24 October 2011

Father and son poetry team scoop prize

Philip Gross has won the CLPE Poetry Award - the UK's premier award for children's poetry - with his selected poems for children, Off Road to Everywhere, illustrated by his son Jonathan Gross.

Previous winners include Carol Ann Duffy, Jackie Kay, Roger McGough, Fiona Waters and John Agard.

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Medical devices firm creates new jobs

RTE has this morning reported that 79 jobs are to be created at a medical devices company in Carrick-on-Shannon in County Leitrim.

The medical devices company VistaMed already employs 93 people. The new jobs are part of a €7.2m investment in research and development.

Established in 1998, VistaMed designs, develops and manufactures complex catheters and other medical devices. It has two manufacturing plants, in Carrick-on-Shannon and Rooskey.

Enterprise Ireland is supporting the investment. The Minister for Jobs, Enterprise & Innovation Richard Bruton welcomed the announcement, as it came from an Irish company in a regional location.

"In order to create the jobs we so badly need we must not only deliver high levels of multi-national investment, but also create an indigenous engine of growth by driving a step-change in the performance of our domestic exporters," he said.

Minister Bruton also said there was strong interest by several parties in the acquisition of the Bank of America's MBNA credit card business in Carrick-on-Shannon. He said he was very encouraged by the calibre of those attempting to take over the firm.

Mr Bruton said it was early days in the process but it was in the Government's interest to ensure that whatever bid emerged had a commitment to Carrick-on-Shannon.

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Sunday, 23 October 2011

Publisher raffles poetry library

Salmon Books is raffling a collection of all its 2011 poetry titles, signed by the authors. The draw will take place at Salmon's 30th anniversary event in Dublin on the 1st November 2011. Raffle tickets will be priced at 5 euros for a strip of 5 tickets.

For a full list of the titles available and to enter online, go to

Clinical leadership and information governance - training events announced

Leadership for Informed Practice (LIP) is a strategic leadership programme, specifically planned to address a number of key aspects of clinical leadership and how to apply these to practice, where information and technology will have a significant impact.

All clinical leaders need to be able to respond to changes in health care in the context of a changing political, professional and technical environment. The programme will challenge leaders to think about their current approaches to leadership and how these may need to change.

Some of the challenges are familiar and some are new, but the increasing role of information and technology requires some very different ways of thinking about the future of services.

The programme is for those who can see that technology and information need to be better understood in the context of leadership skills for the future, not for those who see themselves as informaticians.

It is supported by the Chief Nursing Officer and is delivered by the Clinical Division of the Department of Health Informatics Directorate and hosted in different venues across the country.

The events run from October 2011 to March 2012. To find out more information, or to book on to available courses, visit the LIPS section of the connecting for health website.

N3 connection upgraded to improve service to health care providers and patients

N3, the NHS's internet gateway provided together with BT, has more than doubled its capacity after two phases of upgrading.

Having already boosted performance from 1.82Gbps to 3Gbps earlier this spring, the N3 capacity has now been increased to 5Gbps and a number of enhanced functionalities have been introduced, such as the prioritisation of traffic according to clinical and business need.

The increased capacity enables the N3 connection to provide faster access to the internet, as well as national healthcare IT applications, for the one million healthcare staff that use it every day.

The gateway, which is Europe's largest virtual private network, carries more than 250 terabytes of data a month, equivalent to nearly 55,000 standard DVDs worth of data.

Len Chard, N3's senior programme manager, said: "N3 is crucial to the NHS delivering standards of care that are among the best in the world.

"We have, therefore, worked closely with BT to ensure that the service is continually enhanced to provide healthcare staff with the most effective and efficient network possible.

"The improved capacity of N3 means that NHS healthcare IT systems and applications can now be accessed more reliably, and at much greater speeds, providing significant benefits to patients and staff alike."

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Poetry for the over 60s

It is never to late to start writing! And now there has never been a better time for women over the age of 60 to pursue the publication of their own creative outputs. Grey Hen is a small independent press based in West Yorkshire. The company aims to publish poetry by women over the age of 60.

The company have already produced several books of poems including A Twist of Malice and Get me out of here.

The owner of Grey Hen says; 'We want to collect and share some of today's exciting new work by older women; work that is perhaps not being taken up by mainstream publishers. For older women, especially those who have reached their sixties before realising their writing potential, it's often the case that it is difficult to build up a publishing history in the expected way. Time is not on our side.'
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Thursday, 20 October 2011

Universities considering a drop in tuition fees

As published on earlier today...

More than one-fifth of universities and colleges in England are considering reducing their tuition fees for next autumn to an average of under £7,500.

Twenty-eight institutions have expressed an interest in changing their fees, the Office for Fair Access (Offa) – the government watchdog on access – has said.

Hundreds of thousands of students are currently in the process of applying to start university in 2012, and the news means some will be doing so without a clear idea of the fees proposed by their chosen institutions.

In July the watchdog announced that the estimated average annual fee across all universities and colleges was £8,393, but this dropped to £8,161 when fee waivers for less well-off students were included.

At the time 47 universities said they intended to charge the maximum – £9,000 – as their standard fee.

However, universities have been reconsidering their sums after the government gave them incentives to charge less than £7,500 shortly after the watchdog made its announcement.

In a white paper this summer ministers told universities they could bid for a share of 20,000 full-time undergraduate places next year if they charged less than £7,500. The business secretary, Vince Cable, has said the figure of 20,000 will increase in the future.

The white paper was published after universities decided on their fees for next year.

Every institution seeking to charge above £6,000 a year has had to set out how it intends to ensure disadvantaged students are not put off applying through financial packages of bursaries, scholarships and fee waivers. Universities and colleges have had to have these plans approved by the watchdog.

Now institutions that intend to change their fees must resubmit their plans to the watchdog by 4 November. It has said it will re-approve them by 30 November.

An Offa spokeswoman said students had already started to apply for university courses for autumn 2012, and admitted applicants applying to universities now could find the access agreements would change later.

Offa said universities and colleges that changed their fees and access plans would have to contact all students who had already applied to let them know of the changes.

They must also give students who have applied for courses such as medicine and dentistry, which have an early deadline, the choice of staying with the financial package that was on offer when they applied or switching to the revised deal.

Andy Westwood, the chief executive officer of GuildHE, which represents 23 modern and specialist universities and university colleges, said institutions that decided to change their fees would be likely to do so by substituting fee waivers for bursaries in order to bring their average fee to below £7,500.

The Higher Education Funding Council for England, which distributes funds to universities and colleges on behalf of the government, confirmed earlier this week that 20,000 undergraduate places would be removed from universities for next year.

Universities will be able to bid for these places only if they are charging net fees of less than £7,500.

Pam Tatlow, the chief executive of Mmillion+, which represents universities established since 1992, said the coalition "appeared determined to incentivise a market in higher education by changing the rules of the game".

She added: "It is unsurprising that universities have responded by seeking to change their access agreements."

Toni Pearce, the NUS vice-president, said: "Tens of thousands of applicants now face an anxious wait at an already stressful time.

"Students looking to assess and compare what support will be available to them will be facing weeks of uncertainty and many will find that vital bursaries have been replaced with tokenistic fee waivers."

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CQC gets ready for HealthWatch England

Next month sees a major step in the setting up of HealthWatch England, with the start of the recruitment of its Chair.

HealthWatch England will be the national consumer champion that will give a voice to collective views of the people who use NHS and social care services in England.

Patrick Vernon, Chair of the HealthWatch advisory group said: “HealthWatch England’s Chair will have a pivotal role in providing leadership and establishing it as the new consumer champion for health and social care in England.

“The Chair will voice the views of people who use health and social care services to those responsible for services locally and nationally and be able to use those views to influence national policy.”

The Chair is expected to take up the post in April 2012 (as Chair designate until the Health and Social Care Bill receives Royal Assent).

Dame Jo Williams, CQC Chair, said: "This is an exciting opportunity for us. HeathWatch England’s work will complement and strengthen CQC’s existing activity. CQC will provide HealthWatch England with a strong foundation. HealthWatch England will have clear routes to raise concerns about services, swiftly and effectively."

The Care Quality Commission (CQC) has also set out other important landmarks in the development of HealthWatch England including:

  • appointing staff (senior staff to be in place by June 2012).
  • developing information and briefings for local HealthWatch organisations by June 2012.
  • developing a work plan for the new organisation by summer 2012.
  • agreeing the budget with the Department of Health by summer 2012.
  • agreeing how the relationship between HealthWatch England and CQC will work by summer 2012.
  • agreeing the composition of and appointing the HealthWatch England committee(which will take up its role in October 2012).
  • developing the HealthWatch England web site to launch in October 2012.

While these developments are taking place, CQC and the Department of Health will be talking to a wide range of organisations and individuals with an interest in HealthWatch and helping local HealthWatch organisations to develop.

Baddie created for Children's Book Week

The winning entries in the Create a Baddie for Children's Book Week mini-comp are by RainbowLou and Phot's Moll

To celebrate Children's Book Week earlier this month, Writing Magazine's editor asked members of their online forum Talkback to create the perfect kid's book baddie. They came up trumps with such an impressive collection of spooky, creepy, fiendishly fabulous characters that it was difficult for the team to pick a winner - and in the end, there were two: RainbowLou, with Inker, and Phot's Moll, with Shadow.

Keep an eye on the stories appearing on because the team are hoping that RainbowLou and Phot's Moll will write up their characters into stories for us to post on the website.

Wednesday, 19 October 2011

Excellence Award for social care has been abandoned

The health minister, Paul Burstow, has confirmed that the Care Quality Commission (CQC) will not be proceeding with the adult social care excellence award, following the feedback received during a recent consultation exercise.

The consultation illustrated that although there was enthusiasm for the concept of an award, there was not support for the details of how it would be implemented.

CQC was clear from the outset that any award needed to be supported by the sector, and without support the award should not proceed. The consultation confirmed a lack of support and CQC wrote to the minister to seek further guidance.

Although the award will not be proceeding, the CQC are keen to make sure that the feedback they received during the consultation exercise is taken forwards and they are already in discussions with the Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE) about how they can make sure that this valuable information can still be used.

Imelda Redmond, Chief Executive of Carers UK, is leading a review of quality and the workforce as part of the Department of Health’s listening exercise around the future of care and support, which will feed into a white paper due to be published next year. Cynthia Bower, the CQC's Chief Executive, is part of this group, making sure CQC’s views and expertise are reflected in these discussions. reveals drop in job adverts

As reported on

The Jobs Index for the third quarter 2011 reveals that the total number of jobs advertised online is down from the previous quarter by almost 10 per cent.

Worst affected sectors include Call Centres (-7 per cent), Marketing (-22 per cent), and Security, Trades and General Services (-48 per cent), perhaps due to seasonal changes in demand for labour.

However the number of jobs advertised online are up year on year in Q3 2011 compared with Q3 2010. The Jobs Index measures jobs advertised online across the main recruitment websites in Ireland and is analysed by Dr Stephen Kinsella who lectures in Economics at the University of Limerick.

Construction continues its long term decline (-23 per cent) in addition to Security, Trades and General Services. The service sectors encountered a quelling of the revival seen in the report of the last quarter, arguing for a seasonal shift in the types of jobs being made available, according to Dr Stephen Kinsella, author of report.

Dr Stephen Kinsella, comments: “Although the figures are down for new job vacancies, compared with the same quarter last year, things are looking a bit better for the Irish labour market. Across the main jobs sectors, the Jobs Index tells us that the picture is improved overall signaling a rebound in certain sectors.”

Changes evident from the same quarter last year, which are a better measure of the health of the labour market, and less prone to seasonal issues, show a marked improvement in General Management (+38 per cent), HR (+53 per cent), Sales (+28 per cent), and Telecoms (+42 per cent). The difference from the depths of the recession, the second quarter of 2009, is pronounced. At the close of 2010 into the first and second quarters of this year there was an upward trend with online job vacancies growing steadily.

The report is based on company advertisements from July to September 2011. The number of new jobs for this period (versus replacement jobs) is 78 per cent showing real growth in the economy.

Spotlight: Waterford – where to now?
Recent months have seen Waterford in the headlines as major employers moved away from the area. The report looks at the jobs available in Waterford by job type, but also in surrounding counties. Clearly IT, sales, science, and pharmaceuticals are all in demand, whilst construction, customer service, and banking jobs are not in such high demand. Future reports will return to this area.

Spotlight: Call Centres
The call centre industry has been in the news recently, much of the news being negative. The data shows that call centre jobs have been plentiful throughout the crisis, with demand for new jobs only recently dropping off.

Salary Expectations Jobs Indices for Q1 and Q2 this year uncovered a striking trend in relation to salary expectations. The Q2 2011 report revealed that younger workers seem to be expecting more than older workers and this coincided with the findings in Q1 2011 which showed an increase in salary expectations by an average of 3000 euro relative to the first quarter last year.

In Brief
Total number of jobs advertised online are up year on year although figures have fallen by 10 per cent in third quarter this year compared with the previous quarter

Drop in the number of jobs advertised online for Security (-48 per cent) and Marketing (-22 per cent) in Q3 2011 compared with Q2 2011

Marked improvement in Q3 2011 for General Management (+38 per cent), HR (+53 per cent), Sales (+28 per cent), and Telecoms (+42 per cent) compared with Q3 2010.

Ask the Author Button is adding a new feature to Kindle that will allow readers to ask authors questions directly via the ebook device. How cool!

Several US authors, including the well-known thriller author Brad Meltzer, are testing the new service @author in a beta release. Readers simply click an 'Ask a question' button to send queries limited to 100 characters.

Country Music People celebrate!

The independent magazine Country Music People is celebrating its 500th issue! Back in 1970 it launched issue No 1...with Johnny Cash featured on the cover.

The former editor of the magazine, Bob Powell, admits that the early days were a struggle; "At one point in the 70s I had to write all the articles myself because we couldn't afford writers."

The current editor of the magazine, Duncan Warwick, attributes the longevity of the magazine to the fact that the people involved have always been big country fans.

Craft magazine launched

Origin Publishing has launched a new monthly magazine titled 'Craftseller'.

The magazine introduces readers to new crafts and provides expert advice on how they can make money from their hobby. Each issue of the magazine will feature ideas and projects, all of which can be made to sell, as well as articles that will explain how to price and package projects, sell work online and donate items to a good cause.

The magazine costs £4.99.

More details can be found at

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Friday, 14 October 2011

Accountancy is the way forward! reported today that the top four accountancy firms — Deloitte, Ernst & Young, KPMG and PwC — are set to create more than 1,000 jobs over the coming year following Ernst & Young’s announcement that it is to recruit 300 employees.

Yesterday, Ernst & Young said it is hiring more than 300 people in Ireland over the next 12 months, in what it said is a response to growing client demand for the firm’s existing and newly launched business consultancy and accountancy services. Recruitment will take place across Ernst & Young’s offices in the Dublin, Cork, Limerick, Waterford and Belfast.

The firm also launched three new dedicated business units covering healthcare, transport, and cleantech sectors — with specialist recruitment taking place across all three new units as well as further recruitment to enhance the firm’s Aviation sector team.

In November 2010, Ernst & Young disclosed plans to fill 300 positions over 18 months but these vacancies have be filled six months ahead of schedule with a further 300 now required to meet rising client demand, the company said. Managing partner, (Ireland), Mike McKerr, said: "We are recruiting professionals at all levels, from graduates to partner, with the type of sector specific experience which will allow us to provide clients with the insight and advice they need to grow their own businesses".

Rival PwC is planning to take on close to 300 people — 250 graduates for all areas of its business.

Meanwhile, KPMG intends to take on 290 graduates for 2012.

Deloitte said it is to take on 215 graduates at its offices in Cork, Limerick and Dublin. So it is all happening in the world of accountancy!

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IT Alliance Group announces jobs

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IT Alliance Group announced today it is recruiting for 110 positions, having just launched a new technology staff resourcing division for the Irish and UK business markets.

The new division, IT Alliance Resourcing Services, will provide temporary contractors, permanent placements, consulting and executive search for hard-to-fill executive positions, ranging from project managers to CIO/CTOs.

The company is primarily looking to recruit project management specialists, .NET and Java developers.

“Due to our capabilities in technology sector resourcing and recruitment, coupled with the current booming demand for IT people, we felt it was an appropriate time to make this service available to the business and public sector market,” said Philip Maguire, CEO, IT Alliance Group.

According to the company, the new resourcing venture is a standalone entity within IT Alliance Group, which is mainly involved in selling and delivering IT managed services, IT consultancy and IT services exclusively through outsourcers.

“We are one of the largest IT services companies in Ireland, not an agency, so we speak the language and believe we are best placed to source the right IT people,” said Maguire. “We put forward tried and tested people, vetted by our internal experts and can leverage 14 years’ experience in the resourcing market – it is a compelling proposition.”

Maguire said the growth in the market was being driven by the need to control costs, restrict fixed headcount combined with the flexibility to source specialist skills across new technologies.

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Irish Country Meats are looking for employees!

Irish Country Meats is the specialist sheepmeat division of Slaney Foods Group with operational locations in Ireland at Camolin, Co. Wexford & Navan, Co. Meath, in addition to a recently acquired business in Liege, Belgium. The Group has established market positions in Ireland, U.K. and mainland Europe, servicing retail, foodservice, wholesale and manufacturing customers within our market range.

Log onto to see details of the job opportunities available at this company. The organisation is currently looking for individuals to fill vacancies in positions such as skilled boners, process and product development, and sales executive roles.
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CQC publishes its national dignity and nutrition report

Over the spring / summer of 2011, the Care Quality Commission undertook a review of 100 hopsitals. The aim of the review was to see whether or not older people were treated with respect when they were admitted to hospital, and to see whether or not they were able to have access to the food and drink that met their needs.

The Care Quality Commission found that:

Of the 100 hospitals they inspected:

  • 45 hospitals met both standards (they were ‘fully compliant’).
  • 35 met both standards but needed to improve in one or both (they were ‘fully compliant, with improvements suggested’).
  • 20 hospitals did not meet one or both standards (they were ‘non-compliant, with improvements required’).

Where they did find problems, some of the important issues were:

  • Patients’ privacy not being respected – for example, curtains and screens not being closed properly.
  • Call bells being put out of patients’ reach, or not answered soon enough.
  • Staff speaking to patients in a dismissive or disrespectful way.
  • Patients not being given the help they needed to eat.
  • Patients being interrupted during meals and having to leave their food unfinished.
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Wednesday, 12 October 2011

Job boost in Newry

UTV reported this morning that a multi million pound development plan for The Quays Shopping Centre in Newry will create 500 jobs.

The new £35m, 150,000sq ft of retail and restaurant space, with an additional 600 space multi-storey car park, looks set to receive the go-ahead from planners.

The new phase subject to final approval is expected to commence in 2012 with completion late 2013.

It is hoped the project will create in the region of 200 jobs during construction and 300 full and part time retail and associated jobs on completion.

Dr Gerard O'Hare, owner of The Quays, said: "I am delighted that the application is to be recommended for approval by the Department. This will allow The Quays to offer a further new and exciting phase to its customers.

"Of course it will remain difficult to deliver these plans in current market conditions and impossible without certainty of demand but I am delighted to announce that with half of the space already reserved we have very good reason to be optimistic".

The development of the phase at the complex will be situated on the existing site at the centre and will be linked to the present mall via a glass covered bridge.

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24hr Care Services Ltd is looking for nurses

24hr Care Services is a service provider to the Health Care Sector servicing Hospitals, Nursing Homes, Residential Services for Disabilities, PA mentoring services, Home Help amongst other areas in the Care Sector. The company is currently looking for a number of individuals to fulfil vacancies in the following nursing roles:

- Intellectual Disability Nurses

- Psychiatric Nurses

- Registered General Nurses

Roles are available in Dublin and Meath.

24hr Care Services Ltd are an approved vendor with the HSE and they strive to give their Clients the best possible service at the lowest possible cost. One of their most successful services is their availability ‘24hours/365 days a year’ to both our Clients and Staff. The company provides Nursing Staff, Care Assistants and Social Care Workers for short or long term contracts or on a call out basis.

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Tuesday, 11 October 2011

Route Publishing competition winner announced

Route Publishing's inaugural competition to find the best novel by a Yorkshire-based writer between the ages of 18 and 30 has been won by Sophie Coulombeau.

Rites, the winning novel from 27-year-old Sophie, who lives in York, will be published next year.

Rites is about a group of teenagers who make a pact to lose their virginity.

Route editor Ian Daley said: 'We are thrilled to be publishing this book and to be working with Sophie. She's a great talent, with an exciting future in front of her. The book manages to have that rare combination of being both richly complex and a riveting read. The pages simply turn themselves.

'I'm confident that this is the first of many great books that Sophie will produce.'

Software company creates jobs in Belfast reported on Thursday that more than 80 jobs are to be created over the next three years at an IT solutions company in Belfast.

Kainos, a Northern Irish company, is expanding its headquarters in the city.

82 new roles are being created. The positions will be in sales, software engineering and project management.

Kainos has offices in Dublin, London and Gdansk in Poland, but its headquarters are in Belfast where it employs 180 people.

It is one of Northern Ireland's largest locally-owned, high-tech companies.

It provides IT consultancy services to a range of industries, including the public sector and financial services firms.

The expansion is being supported by Invest Northern Ireland.

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Monday, 10 October 2011

Double jobs boost for Dublin

As reported on today...

Almost 170 new jobs are to be provided at an international health insurance company and an opticians in Dublin.

Allianz Worldwide Care have said 130 new positions will be based at the company's headquarters in Park West.

The firm is looking to fill a variety of roles relating to claims, helplines, client services, finance, marketing and project management.

The Dublin-based opticians, Opticks, also announced that they are to generate 40 jobs as part of an expansion programme.

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Equality and Rights documentation produced for CQC inspectors

The CQC has produced guidance on the equality and human rights aspects of the essential standards of quality and safety.

The guidance, produced jointly with the Equality and Human Rights Commission, will help inspectors to:

  • check how best to include the equality and human rights aspects of the regulations and essential standards in compliance monitoring work.
  • know the steps to take if they are concerned that a provider may be in breach of equality or human rights laws.

The guidance will also state how equality and human rights applies to us and health and social care providers. The full guidance documentation can be downloaded from

Sunday, 9 October 2011

Biography of Steve Jobs tops charts

Walter Isaacson's authorised biography of the Apple chief, who died last week, is the bestselling title on Amazon.

Steve Jobs: The Exclusive Biography was due to have been published on 21 November, but has been brought forward to 24 October by publishers Simon & Schuster. The book incorporates more than 40 candid interviews with Jobs on his professional and personal life.

Apple co-founder Jobs died at 56 on Wednesday from a rare form of panceatic cancer.

Belfast sees jobs boost

According to, more than 80 jobs are to be created over the next three years at an IT solutions company in Belfast.

Kainos, a Northern Irish company, is expanding its headquarters in the city.

82 new roles are being created. The positions will be in sales, software engineering and project management.

Kainos has offices in Dublin, London and Gdansk in Poland, but its headquarters are in Belfast where it employs 180 people.

It is one of Northern Ireland's largest locally-owned, high-tech companies.

It provides IT consultancy services to a range of industries, including the public sector and financial services firms.

The expansion is being supported by Invest Northern Ireland.

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Wednesday, 5 October 2011

Modern languages are becoming less and less popular in schools

As reported by the on Thursday 6th October

Modern languages are close to extinction in British schools, a leading educationalist is to warn teachers.

Anthony Seldon, a pioneer of innovative teaching and the headteacher of Wellington College, will tell language teachers that their subject is deeper trouble than it has been for a century.

Learning French, German or Spanish is becoming a minority pursuit, similar to learning Latin or ancient Greek, he will tell a conference convened by the Schools Network – an association of 5,500 schools from the UK and overseas – at Warwick University. He will warn that, despite being more multicultural than ever, the UK has a "little Britain" attitude, which threatens international competitiveness and overseas partnerships.

The number of pupils taking French and German GCSE has more than halved in the last 16 years. This summer, 154,221 pupils took French, while in 1995, 350,027 did. Some 60,887 students took German GCSE this summer, compared with 129,386 in 1995. The number of pupils taking A-levels in French and German almost halved between 1996 and 2010. Even the take-up of Chinese has fallen in this period, from 2,234 pupils to 2,104.

Seldon, who is also Tony Blair's biographer, will say that no one is prepared to take responsibility for the decline: "Government is looking to schools for the solution. Schools tell exam boards the subjects are too difficult and exam boards say the government should sort it out. If we leave it much longer, without drastic action, we will have gone beyond the tipping point."

Earlier this month, Michael Gove, the education secretary, told the Guardian he wanted children to start learning a foreign language from the age of five. Labour tried to make foreign languages compulsory from the age of seven early last year, but the legislation did not pass because parliament was dissolved ahead of the general election.

Seldon will urge teachers to expand the range of languages to include Arabic, Mandarin and Urdu. He will argue for languages to be taught within other subjects and will suggest schools invite business people, in particular those involved in exports, to make the case for language learning to pupils.

"Our record in language learning is uniquely bad in the developed world," he will say. "We cannot simply assume the rest of the world will learn English to accommodate us. This is a problem for society as much as an issue simply for schools."

He will argue that there is a widespread perception in schools that it is more difficult to gain good grades in languages than in other subjects.

"We need to change this urgently. We risk becoming deeply insular and cut off from abroad … Great Britain is rapidly becoming little Britain."

John Newton, headteacher of Taunton school, a public school in Somerset, said the proportion of pupils achieving A*s in languages at GCSE and A-level was much smaller than it was in other subjects. "Children are growing up thinking that Britannia rules the waves – what a mistake that is."

Meanwhile, top grades at A-level and GCSE do not necessarily indicate intelligence, the philosopher AC Grayling, who has set up a controversial private university college, has said.

Grayling's New College of the Humanities will offer degrees for £18,000 – double the maximum for other universities – from next year.

He told the annual conference of the Headmasters' and Headmistresses' Conference, an association of 250 public and independent schools, that it was only through interviewing students that colleges could decide which to accept.

There are students with a raft of A*s who are "no brighter" than others who look "less brilliant" on paper, he said. He said he had interviewed two girls, one with two As and a B at A-level and another with all A*s and As.

"The girl with two As and a B was a much more interesting and lively candidate, much more thoughtful," he said, though the other girl had been "extremely well taught".

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Man on run wins literary price

Escaped prisoner Joseba Sarrionandia has been awarded a top Basque literary prize but he can only claim the prize if he gives himself up.

Sarrionandia escaped in 1985 from the San Sebastian jail where he had been imprisoned from belonging to militant Basque separatist group ETA . He has been on the run since then.

He was awarded the £15,500 prize in a competition for essays in the Basque language sponsored by the Basque regional government, who are withholding the prize until he 'regularises his legal situation.'

Whilst living in secret, Sarrionandia has written and published novels and books of poetry and short stories. Much of his writing is concerned with topics of exile and banishment. He has won other, non-government-sponsored, literary prizes.

FeedARead publishing site launched

Backed by major publishes Orion and Random House, the new site, FeedARead, enables authors to publish their books in paperback for free!

Every three months, the FeedARead authors whose books sell the most copies will receive feedback on their opening chapters from Random House and Orion editors.

FeedARead authors can upload their books to the site, where they are guided through the necessary steps to prepare and submit their manuscript and design a cover. This service is free. Authors set their own book price, and receive royalties. There is also a paid-for option for authors who wish their books to be made available to order through Amazon, Waterstone's and WH Smith.

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CQC announce regulatory fee consultation

The Care Quality Commission (CQC) have launched a consultation on the changes they propose to make to the fees that providers of health and social care services should pay in 2012/13.

These fees will be used to cover their work to register and monitor providers’ compliance with government standards of quality and safety.

The consultation sets out to:

  • extend the scheme to include providers of primary care out-of-hours services entering the registration system from 1 April 2012.
  • reduce the fees in the middle bandings for providers of dental and independent ambulance services.
  • reduce the fee in the lowest level banding for providers of adult social care services without accommodation.

This consultation will also ask for responses to the CQC's ideas about the topics that they should consider as part of our longer term fees policy. The full consultation document can be found on the CQC's website.

MyResourcer helps Bullhorn users unlock the value of their database

MyResourcer, the easy-to-use online job lead generation system for the global recruitment market, announced today the complete integration with Bullhorn’s applicant tracking and customer relationship management software.

As a Bullhorn Marketplace Partner, MyResourcer’s technology enables Bullhorn users to unlock the value hidden within their client/prospect database, by automating the job search to develop new business contacts. The partnership between MyResourcer and Bullhorn is part of Bullhorn Marketplace, the first cloud-based recruitment agencies application and services marketplace available to the industry. The Marketplace provides best-of-breed solutions that are tightly integrated with Bullhorn and gives recruitment firms the ability to leverage appropriate technology for their unique business needs.

MyResourcer uses artificial intelligence and dynamic search technology to provide recruiters with the quickest and simplest mechanism for automated tracking of new jobs, as and when they appear on company websites. Instead of having to trawl through websites on a daily basis, recruiters are equipped with new jobs, even from organisations they may not have already dealt with.
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Marketing recruitment awards - finalists announced!

The finalists of the Marketing & Advertising Recruitment Awards 2011 have been announced, as excitement about the industry’s showcase event of the year increases.

With more than 10,000 votes cast across 100 entrants, the Awards, the only one of its kind specifically tailored to the marketing & advertising recruitment sector, look set to supersede last year’s inaugural event, which was endorsed and headlined by industry magnate, James Caan. At the awards ceremony finalists will be competing in 15 categories including: Best Social Media Strategy; Best Company Website; Recruitment Innovation; Best Client Service; and Best Newcomer. Individual awards have been established for Recruitment Consultant of the Year and Best Recruitment Boss.

The Awards ceremony takes place on 23rd November 2011 at the Park Plaza Hotel in Westminster, London. A list of all MARA finalists can be found via the official MARA website:

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Sunday, 2 October 2011

Rivacre House to improve services

The Care Quality Commission (CQC) released the following press release on Friday (30th Sept 11):

The Care Quality Commission (CQC) has told the charity Making Space that it must take action to meet government standards of quality and safety at Rivacre House care home at Ellesmere Port.

Inspectors who visited the home in Seymour Drive during July found that it was not complying with seven of the essential standards. Providers of care services have a legal responsibility to make sure they are meeting all the essential standards of quality and safety.

The report, published on the CQC website, highlights the inspectors’ main concerns in four areas.

Care and welfare

Inspectors were concerned that outdated care planning and assessments put people at risk of not being provided with appropriate care and support to meet their individual needs and requests


People’s needs were not being met because there were not enough staff.

Assessing and monitoring the quality of service

Inspectors found that the home does not have appropriate systems in place to help ensure the quality and safety of care and the support needed and to show ongoing compliance for all outcomes.

Registered manager

The service was not being managed by a person who is registered by CQC.

Sue McMillan, Regional Director for CQC in the North West said: “The care at Rivacre House has fallen far short of the standards people have a right to expect.

“It is a real concern that there were not enough staff on duty, and no registered manager in place. We have met with the provider and they have submitted a plan which shows how they will address these issues. We will continue to monitor this service closely to ensure these improvements are made and sustained.

“The law says these are the standards that everyone should be able to expect when they receive care. Our inspectors will return to this care home, and if we find that it is not making progress we will consider further action."

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Hertfordshire nursing home fails to protect safety of residents

The Care Quality Commission (CQC) released the following press release on Friday:

Glendaph Nursing Home, in Leominster, not meeting 11 essential standards.

The Care Quality Commission (CQC) has told the owners of Glendaph Nursing Home, in Leominster, that they must make improvements to comply with the essential standards of quality and safety.

Inspectors have found that the home, in North Road, Kingsland, has failed to protect the safety and welfare of its residents.

A report published by CQC says that the provider, Geoshine Limited, was not meeting 11 of the 12 essential standards inspectors looked at.

Providers of care services have a legal responsibility to make sure they are meeting all the essential standards of quality and safety.

The inspection at Glendaph Nursing Home, which provides nursing care for adults, took place in August 2011 to check whether improvements had been made in relation to concerns raised by CQC in an earlier inspection.

When inspectors visited the home they found the care provided is falling short of standards people should be able to expect and improvements are needed.

Areas of concern can be found below.

Care and welfare of people who use the services

While the home had worked hard to make improvements to the standard of nursing care, people had still been put at risk of not receiving safe and appropriate care and treatment.

Safeguarding people who use services

Although some safeguarding alerts were raised appropriately by the home, inspectors found this was not always the case and people who use the service had been put at risk of abuse or neglect and of not having their rights respected or upheld.

Safety and suitability of premises

The people who use the service had been put at risk because their home had not been maintained in a safe and suitable manner.

Safety, availability and suitability of equipment

Some improvements had been made in relation to the level of suitable equipment in the home but people using the service had been put at risk when equipment had not been used correctly or well maintained.

Supporting staff

The people who use the service had been put at risk of not always having their needs met by staff who were fully trained and well supported.

Assessing and monitoring the quality of service provision

Inspectors found that due to ineffective decision making, monitoring and management of the service, people had been put at risk.


Records kept in the home were not always accurate and complete.

Andrea Gordon, Regional Director of CQC in the West Midlands and East Midlands, said: “The failings at Glendaph Nursing Home are a real concern and improvements need to be made.

“The provider needs to ensure that staff are properly trained, that the premises and equipment are well maintained and that safeguarding matters are reported appropriately in order to guard against such incidents reoccurring.

“CQC has been working closely with Herefordshire Council and Wye Valley NHS Trust to ensure the safety and wellbeing of the residents and we have told the provider where they need to improve.

“Where improvements are not made we have a range of enforcement powers which can be used, including prosecution, closure, or restriction of services. “

Any regulatory decision that CQC takes is open to challenge by a registered person through a variety of internal and external appeal processes.