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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

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Big questions for The Big Society: What role for local government?

Tuesday July 27 2010

In the preceding months and weeks, many discussions about the Big Society have been taking place at OPM.   Early indications from central government – particularly the promise of a general power of competence for local authorities – point to a need for local councils to articulate their role in developing the Big Society.  It seems… Read More