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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

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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