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Changing Times with Professor Chris Drinkwater, President of the NHS Alliance

Friday May 10 2013

In today’s Changing Times interview we hear from Professor Chris Drinkwater CBE, a GP in Newcastle for 23 years and now emeritus Professor of Primary Care Development at Northumbria University and the President and Public Health Lead for the NHS Alliance.   If you compare today’s society and the society into which you were born: what’s… Read More

Shared decision making won’t happen by magic

Wednesday May 1 2013

A recent OPM evaluation of the Health Foundation’s Magic (Making Good Decisions in Collaboration) programme identified important lessons about how clinical teams can take the practical steps needed to implement shared decision making. Shared decision-making is a process where patients and clinicians work together to come to an agreement on a particular course of action, ensuring health… Read More

An ideas farm: getting local people involved in decision making

Monday April 29 2013

Councils have become much better at consultation and public engagement. Residents now have a stronger voice in local decision making and a sense that their views can make a difference. Typically, those processes whir into life in support of specific topics – changing the library service, building a new school, or closing a community centre… Read More


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