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How CCGs can build leadership capacity

Tuesday November 20 2012

The traditional NHS model of top-down, hierarchical leadership is ill suited to the complex challenges facing new leaders in the reformed health service. Those leading clinical commissioning groups in both clinical and managerial roles increasingly recognise that leadership in today’s NHS is first and foremost about helping others to lead: from GP colleagues and practice… Read More

Cutting the cost of care through connections

Monday November 19 2012

We know we are facing a demographic time bomb. The number of people in the UK aged over 85 has doubled since 1985. By 2021, there will be one million people with dementia, rising to 1.7 million in 2050. The ‘Barnet graph of doom’ makes local authorities across the country tremble. What will happen if… Read More

Local communities can provide councils with a way out of a crisis

Thursday November 8 2012

The question raised by Lord Heseltine’s growth report is how much councils can improve their own performance. One answer is staring them in the face: councils need to rethink their concept of resources to encompass their own communities. That isn’t a euphemism for press-ganging volunteers into doing everything. But when councils redesign services, they should take into… Read More


Localism – a new opportunity for local government to take the lead through strategic commissioning

Tuesday November 2 2010

Whilst much is still uncertain about the direction of local government there is undoubtedly one window of opportunity. This is for local authority leaders to take a lead locally, relatively unfettered by central and regional government. The coalition government has made it clear that central government will not be telling local authorities what to do… Read More

Local authority leaders need to make radical change to our children’s and adult systems

Friday October 29 2010

A major strategic challenge in public services is redefining and renegotiating the relationships between individuals, communities and public services by replacing ‘doing unto’ with ‘doing with’, replacing ‘one-size-fits-all’ with individual budgets and personalisation and replacing  outmoded universal services with the co-production and support that friends, family and community can provide. Without a major shift in… Read More

What are the keys to success for free schools?

Tuesday October 26 2010

With the passing of the Academies Act in July, and the first 16 new free schools announced last month, attention has again focused on the coalition Government’s agenda for educational reform. OPM’s experience of community capacity building for the previous Government’s new schools competitions provides some important insights for this agenda that should not be… Read More