Non-job of the week

November 07, 2012 2:39 PM

When Windsor and Maidenhead Council installed smart meter in council buildings, energy consumption fell by 15% overnight. Surrey County Council did not go down this route, and instead decided to employ an Energy team. The result: since 2009/10 energy consumption has fallen by 16%. Hardly a great return.

Now the same council wishes to expand its Energy team. It is currently advertising for an Energy Engineer who will assist the Energy Manager to ensure effective management of energy efficiency and water use.  The new post is on offer for £32,519 per annum. Remember Surrey increased Council Tax this year, and we will be keeping a close eye on them again. If councillors feel they have to create mini-departments to tackle issues other councils deal with in a more common sense way, then what else are they wasting our money on?

The West London Mental Health Trust is looking for a Diversity Adviser, paying between £34,811 - £44,508 per annum. Here's part of the job advert:
The Diversity Unit is looking for a Diversity Adviser for a fixed term period of two years, starting from January 2013.  This post-holder will take the lead in implementing patient Diversity initiatives across the Trust and will report to the Trust’s Diversity Consultant.

As Diversity Adviser, you will be the initial point of contact on patient diversity issues, providing, advice, guidance and support for staff at all levels; promoting good Diversity practice and advocating for change when necessary.

A diversity unit? How many people are working in it? What do they do all day? Everyone should be treated the same and have the same opportunities regardless of where they come from. Of course no-one should be discriminated against because of the colour of their skin, their gender, or sexual orientation, but does West London Mental Health Trust really need a Diversity Unit to ensure everyone is treated fairly?

We pay our taxes to the NHS for as much of it as possible to go to the front line. If the Trust needs to make savings, this is one of the first places they should be looking at cutting; not expanding.When Windsor and Maidenhead Council installed smart meter in council buildings, energy consumption fell by 15% overnight. Surrey County Council did not go down this route, and instead decided to employ an Energy team. The result: since 2009/10 energy consumption has fallen by 16%. Hardly a great return.

Now the same council wishes to expand its Energy team. It is currently advertising for an Energy Engineer who will assist the Energy Manager to ensure effective management of energy efficiency and water use.  The new post is on offer for £32,519 per annum. Remember Surrey increased Council Tax this year, and we will be keeping a close eye on them again. If councillors feel they have to create mini-departments to tackle issues other councils deal with in a more common sense way, then what else are they wasting our money on?

The West London Mental Health Trust is looking for a Diversity Adviser, paying between £34,811 - £44,508 per annum. Here's part of the job advert:
The Diversity Unit is looking for a Diversity Adviser for a fixed term period of two years, starting from January 2013.  This post-holder will take the lead in implementing patient Diversity initiatives across the Trust and will report to the Trust’s Diversity Consultant.

As Diversity Adviser, you will be the initial point of contact on patient diversity issues, providing, advice, guidance and support for staff at all levels; promoting good Diversity practice and advocating for change when necessary.

A diversity unit? How many people are working in it? What do they do all day? Everyone should be treated the same and have the same opportunities regardless of where they come from. Of course no-one should be discriminated against because of the colour of their skin, their gender, or sexual orientation, but does West London Mental Health Trust really need a Diversity Unit to ensure everyone is treated fairly?

We pay our taxes to the NHS for as much of it as possible to go to the front line. If the Trust needs to make savings, this is one of the first places they should be looking at cutting; not expanding.

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