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St Helena : Advisers Visits to St Helena
Submitted by Saint Helena Herald (Public Relations Information Office) 01.05.2010 (Article Archived on 15.05.2010)

My last general update on advisersí visits to Saint Helena was published in January. Since then, we have been keeping the public regularly informed of the work being carried out in particular by advisers on health and education.

Advisers Visits to St Helena


By Andrew Wells, Chief Secretary


 


My last general update on advisersí visits to Saint Helena was published in January. Since then, we have been keeping the public regularly informed of the work being carried out in particular by advisers on health and education.


 


Todayís brief overview covers the support we have received from key advisers across SHG during the last quarter.


 


On the Public Sector Modernisation Programme, we welcomed Dr Andrew Wyatt, Public Policy Adviser. While on the Island he worked with Councillors and officials, including the Strategic Policy Unit, and prepared materials and guidance notes on policy management.  Chris Walker, IT Adviser also visited as part of the Public Sector Modernisation Programme and worked closely with our IT Section to look at how SHG can use IT more efficiently and effectively.  At the same time, Roger Edmunds, Statistics Adviser, was on the Island to review our statistical systems. The availability of timely, relevant and accurate statistics is key in decision making across SHG.  The Statistics Section is now following up on Rogerís recommendations.


 


Alan Thompson, Finance Welfare Adviser, has been looking at our Social Security System and at how it can be improved. As we said in an earlier press release, we want to make sure that Social Security meet the needs of the Island and Alan will continue to advise us on this.


 


Andrew Weeks, Public Finance Adviser, has been working closely with senior managers in the Finance Department in readiness for a number of financial reforms, not least the introduction of Accruals Accounting. Once this is up and running, it will give a clearer picture of how money is being spent to achieve our Strategic Objectives. 


 


Dr Tony Prater, from the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds, made his third visit to St Helena. Dr Prater worked with the Agricultural and Natural Resources Department and with the National Trust on the Wirebird Project, which is aimed at protecting our Islandís most well-known endemic species.


 


A team of people visited the Public Health and Social Services Department including Dr Nicolet Hutter, the DFID Health Adviser, and Fiona Coyle and Jean Caldwell from NICO. They looked at the progress we have made with the health projects that DFID is funding and were pleased with what has been achieved. Nurse Education Coordinator Jean Nugent was also on Island, met with student nurses and reviewed the student nurse curriculum.


 


DFID is also funding our education system through a separate project and earlier this year, we welcomed David Levesque, DFID Education Adviser, who was joined by Patt Flett and John Sullivan from the Centre for International Development at the University of Wolverhampton. Their visit focussed on planning for the future, with emphasis on scholarships, distance learning and making further improvements to the curriculum on offer at Prince Andrew School.


 


It is important that the public is regularly informed of the contributions made by expert advisers which benefit the whole Island. In addition to these regular summaries, we will continue to provide details of the work of advisers as and when they visit.


 

 

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