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A bigger say in the NHS for patients

Thursday January 17 2013

A truly patient-led NHS has been an aspiration in the health service for well over a decade. The motivation is born out of the realisation that improving patient involvement could lead to better services, higher standards of care and greaterefficiency savings. Furthermore, high profile failings, such as those at Mid Staffordshire NHS trust, have highlighted just how bad patient… Read More

Harness assets to truly make savings

Friday December 21 2012

The Department for Communities & Local Government’s guide to saving money, published earlier this week, contains some tips that councils may find helpful. There is, however, little in it to signify the “change in culture” which Eric Pickles refers to in the foreword. There are some neat ideas like pop-up shops in public buildings, alongside… Read More

“Mutual and co-operative approaches to delivering local services” report published

Thursday December 6 2012

OPM was very pleased to contribute to the CLG Committee’s “Mutual and cooperative approaches to delivering local services” report, published today. The report outlines findings into the progress and development of employee owned cooperatives that can help to deliver local services. We found the committee’s recommendations to transform the “shape, responsiveness and quality of local… Read More

Comment

Social Impact Bonds: UK and comparative perspectives – Part 2

Wednesday May 27 2015

I was recently invited to Tokyo, Japan, to share learning from the UK experience of designing and implementing Social Impact Bonds (SIBs). The UK was the first country in the world to implement a SIB – the innovative model that levers private capital to fund services aimed at generating measurable social outcomes for defined target… Read More

Communicate the method as well as the madness when measuring the political pulse

Friday May 22 2015

If a week is considered a long time in politics, then the previous two will have felt like an eternity for some in the polling industry. The pollsters will be relieved to see the back of the last fortnight. Traumatised by the release of the now infamous exit poll that sent shock waves around the… Read More

Patients in control: ‘assume it’s possible’

Friday May 1 2015

Imagine walking into a GP surgery. For most of us, the first thing we normally face is a reception desk with overworked staff fielding phone calls in front of long queues of waiting patients. What would happen if you took the reception desk away? Can you picture the waiting room as a place to talk… Read More