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Data opt-out rights could be changing

Following the Care Quality Commission’s new security standards imposed on General Practice last year, the government has set out new proposals to scrap the ‘type 1 opt-out’ rights for patient data. This currently gives patients the right to opt-out of having their confidential data shared outside of their GP practice for purposes beyond their direct care.   A single national opt-out system is to be implemented from March 2018 following the national guardian data review into data protection ...

Author: Rob Muddiman
Published: 20 Jul 2017

Why you should always give candidates feedback after an interview

Job interviews can be a nerve wracking experience for many people and the days or even weeks, waiting to hear feedback can be an agonising period. When candidates finally do hear back from an organisation, it can be a weight off their shoulders. Best-case scenario, the candidate is successful and is chosen for the role in question. However, for every candidate that is successful there will also be at least five or six others that weren’t. The best practice for the remaining candidates is...

Author: Matt Adams
Published: 17 Jul 2017

Curveball interview questions and why you should be using them

Imagine you interview two good candidates for a job; they both have the right qualifications, are equally skilled for the role and answer competency questions well. So how do you distinguish who is the best candidate for the job? More employers are using curveball interview questions for this reason; they are designed to see how the applicant thinks on their feet and answers a question they haven’t prepared for. There is no right or wrong answer to these questions, it’s about the candidat...

Author: Glen Manners
Published: 17 Jul 2017

Why do charities struggle to recruit Trustees?

Recent research revealed by the Third Sector publication echoes the regular struggles and frustrations we hear about from our clients, repeatedly. It’s difficult to find Trustees who can give enough time and it can be onerous finding people with the skills your charity needs. Getting on Board’s recent report suggests a staggering 74% of charities find it difficult to recruit Trustees. The prime issue is becoming too reliant on using their existing network. It is time to step away from your n...

Author: Brigitte Stundner
Published: 23 Jun 2017

What’s next on the cards for the NHS?

The current state of the NHS and what will happen over the next four years is uncertain as pressure mounts on the treatment of the NHS and its staff. Staff pay and ward closures are just a few of the many ongoing issues that the current government will face, as well as the knock-on effects on other areas within the NHS such as general practice and pressures on junior doctors. Over the next five years the Conservatives have promised an extra £8bn for the health service. Policy analysts have ...

Author: Rob Muddiman
Published: 22 Jun 2017

Hot under the collar? Tips to prevent your staff wilting in the heat

We do like to moan about the weather in the UK. It’s always too hot, too cold, the   wrong kind of rain. ​I personally like the heat, but preferably when I am sat beside a pool and don’t have to move! Unfortunately in the UK, public transport and offices often don’t cope well with the heat, trains come to a halt and air conditioning systems that have worked during the coldest months fail. We can’t all take our laptop down to the beach to work for the day, so we have put together our top tips...

Author: Jo Hodge
Published: 22 Jun 2017

10 interview questions you should always ask your candidates

Interviews are designed to let you find out more about the person behind the CV; revealing their personality, level of experience and knowledge and strengths and weaknesses. While you should always include questions tailored to the individual position, the questions below work for roles across all sectors. We’ve included a mix of questions; some of which will allow you to make sure the candidate has done their preparation and researched the role and organisation, and some will help you t...

Author: Sophie Butler
Published: 17 Jun 2017

Three top tips for a successful telephone interview

Not all interviews are face to face and more organisations are conducting telephone interviews as part of the initial recruitment process. In many ways, they are no different to a face to face interview, but it can be more difficult to build a rapport with someone when they can’t see you and feed off each other’s body language, which can result in awkward silences. Here we have put together our top tips to consider and what to avoid! Prior to the call As with any interview, ensure you ...

Author: Jo Hodge
Published: 14 Jun 2017

Supporting carers in the workplace

According to employers for carers, 1 in 9 people in your workforce will be caring for someone who is older, disabled or seriously ill and with an ageing population and people living longer, more people in the workplace are going to have caring responsibilities. Yet the CIPD reported that only a third of employers currently support working carers.  Clearly showing you support carers can help attract staff that may not have otherwise applied and will benefit retention. It can also reduce stre...

Author: Phil Garcia
Published: 14 Jun 2017

TPP Recruitment: Higher Education Quality Breakfast Forum

On Wednesday 7th June, as part of our successful Higher Education Quality series of seminars, we hosted a breakfast roundtable on Changes in Quality. This particular forum was held to give Higher Education Quality Managers and Academic Registrars the opportunity to network, share best practice and find solutions to prevailing problems. We were delighted to be joined by Karen Harris, Head of Quality at the London Business School, who also chaired the meeting. Karen opened the discussion wi...

Author: Samantha Johnston
Published: 09 Jun 2017

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