The Public Sector Week

Skills Development Scotland (SDS) has been running a tender for an agency to support its internal and external comms. The tender, which closed this week, is for a comms and engagement strategy, with key components being internal engagement, customer experience and supporting the transformation of SDS' services.

Transformation: Scottish skills
Transformation: Scottish skills

English Heritage is seeking a PR agency to support its work in the North East and Cumbria. English Heritage is the Government's statutory adviser on the historic environment and is sponsored by the Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS). English Heritage has issued a pre-qualification questionnaire for interested agencies - the deadline is Monday 3 August.

NHS Westminster has appointed Nick Samuels to act as interim director of communications and engagement. Samuels joins from Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust where he was director of comms. He has just completed an assignment as director of communications and engagement at NHS Haringey. He replaces Mark Palin, who takes up the role of interim director of communications and engagement for the North West London Commissioning Partnership.

Cornwall County Council is scrapping its free monthly newspaper after spending almost £700,000 on it in the past 11 months. The council said it was important to accept what was and was not working after Your Cornwall magazine ran £250,000 over budget, according to a report on Thisisdevon.co.uk.

The University Hospital of South Manchester staged a Great Hospital Hand Wash event last Friday as part of its 'Infection prevention - it's everyone's responsibility' campaign. One thousand people performed the motions of the seven-point NHS hand-hygiene code to the strains of the classic Black Lace song Superman, which was retitled Superhands for the event and given new lyrics.

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