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A look under the surface of a public consultation: Part 3/5 – Analysis and coding

Friday March 1 2013

Analysis of responses is a crucial stage of any consultation process, but all the more so when the subject of the consultation is potentially controversial. Consultations such as that commissioned by the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA) on new IVF-based techniques to avoid mitochondrial disease are likely to attract a significant number of responses, some concerned with… Read More

Money talks: understanding the value of talking therapies and other nursing services

Wednesday February 20 2013

The ongoing economic crisis in Europe and the tough global economic conditions pose a number of challenges for healthcare generally, and mental healthcare specifically. On the one hand, a report published by the World Health Organization (WHO, 2011) acknowledged that the economic crisis is expected to produce secondary mental health effects. Given that mental health… Read More

Health and wellbeing boards: looking beyond April 2013

Wednesday February 13 2013

As health and wellbeing boards (HWBs) move out of shadow form and prepare ‘to go live’ in April this year, they are increasingly starting to think about the strategic partnerships they will need to develop in the future. From our experience of supporting HWBs in the early stages of their development, it seems clear that… Read More

Comment

Asking the right questions for local government commissioning

Thursday September 23 2010

While much is uncertain about the coalition government’s policies there is undoubtedly a window of opportunity for local government to take the lead relatively unfettered by central and regional government. The coalition government’s spending review framework published in June invites decision makers in local government to ask the following nine questions: Is the activity essential… Read More

Big Society and community cohesion – Ideas from Europe

Tuesday September 21 2010

The Council of Europe asked me to speak recently in Ohrid, Macedonia about inter-cultural dialogue at their 2010 Exchange on the religious dimension of intercultural dialogue. Based in Strasbourg, France and with 47 member countries, the Council of Europe aims ‘to develop throughout Europe common and democratic principles based on the European Convention on Human… Read More

Saving what works from Prevent

Friday September 3 2010

Aligning successful Prevent projects to the Big Society and integration agenda There is no certainty over the future of the Prevent agenda. There is a fair amount of agreement that the Prevent strategy will be radically revised and that for some areas, funding will be reduced. It is critical that local authorities, who have received… Read More