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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


Systems Leadership in Complex Cities

Monday July 27 2015

How OPM recently worked with Vietnamese civil servants to explore the role of systems leadership in complex city challenges. With a population centre of more than 10 million people, London is the UK’s one and only megacity. Whilst the city plays a dominant global role, there is no doubting that its sheer volume of people, communities… Read More

Employee ownership is no country for old men

Friday July 3 2015

There’s something distinctive and special about leadership in employee owned companies and it’s central to the sector’s success Today is Employee Ownership Day, when businesses up and down the country will celebrate the benefits of working without having to answer to external shareholders, usually with cake. Employee ownership is a big deal at the moment…. Read More

We all want to grow community capacity – but are we trying to do it in the wrong place?

Monday June 8 2015

How do we grow more engaged communities? How do we utilise the ideas, the skills and energy in our towns, villages and neighbourhoods in ways that make people’s lives better – and which enable our limited public finances to stretch that bit further? How do we open up different sorts of conversations and relationships between… Read More