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Study into personal budgets finds encouraging results

Tuesday October 23 2012

One of the liveliest debates in social care at the moment concerns how personal budgets benefit different groups of people in different ways. Investigating this issue in Essex, we found that while personal budgets nearly always contribute to a positive experience for all, there was a marked difference in the benefits derived by older people… Read More

Into the patient pathway

Thursday August 2 2012

Assessment and care planning for a healthy life after cancer is urgent. Macmillan Cancer Support with the National Cancer Survivorship Initiative have developed the concept of health and wellbeing clinics in response to this need. The clinics provide information and services for patients making the shift from treatment to life after cancer, enabling them to… Read More

Comment

How to avoid being killed by the fall: managing change

Friday November 26 2010

Many organisations are developing detailed transformation programmes to achieve efficiency savings, but relatively few are spending enough time attending to the impact these are having on internal and external relationships. The danger is that we come out of these programmes with shell-shocked staff, uncertain partners and unhappy service users and communities, where relationships are so… Read More

Whose fairness is it anyway?

Thursday November 25 2010

Fairness is a word tripping off politicians’ tongues at the moment. It’s one of those words that can be embraced on all sides – everyone likes fairness and dislikes unfairness, just as everyone likes good food rather than bad food. It’s a given. But just as one person’s idea of good food might be different… Read More

Participatory budgeting 10 years on

Thursday November 18 2010

A few days ago I attended a Participatory Budgeting and the Big Society event in London.  Apparently it has been 10 years since the participatory budgeting (PB) idea was borrowed from Porto Alegre in Brazil and introduced to the UK. Several years ago I chaired an IPPR seminar to explore whether PB was something which… Read More