Public sector news in brief

NEWCASTLE The Arts Council’s Newcastle branch is on the hunt for a head of communications. The newly created position will report to external relations director Jane Robinson. It was created after a comms review concluded the Newcastle branch should take a more campaign-based approach to its activities.

HAVERING: The London Borough of Havering has begun a fresh drive to find a head of communications to replace Liz Kite, who left to move to Southampton City Council last June (PRWeek, 4 June 2004). Interim head is assistant chief executive for strategy and communications Jonathan Owen.

GLASGOW: NHS Greater Glasgow has introduced touch-screen technology systems to enable patients to access information on cancer prevention more easily. Gorbals Health Centre, Govanhill Health Centre and Moss Pharmacy are offering access to information on healthy eating, sport, alcohol, stopping smoking and sun protection. The schemes were funded by a £125,000 Lottery grant.

HEALTH: The Mental Health Foundation has appointed Spencer du Bois to redesign its brand. The rebrand coincides with the foundation’s move to offices on the Thames and will be unveiled in April.

WESTMINSTER: The Office of the Deputy Prime Minister’s housing and planning minister Keith Hill is to address a Local Government Association Conference on how local authorities can use public-private partnerships to deliver development as part of the Sustainable Communities Plan. The conference is on 2 March.

LONDON: The Rambert Dance Company has staged a mini-ballet performance on the London Underground to promote the city’s dance, opera and ballet offering for 2005. Commissioned by VisitLondon, 14 dancers from the Rambert Dance Company performed extracts from one of their forthcoming productions last week.

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