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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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Back to the Future: The Great Exhibition and NESTA’s FutureFest

Friday March 27 2015

NESTA’s FutureFest earlier this month was in some ways a very old fashioned affair. For all its future-gazing, it felt very much in the tradition of the 1851 Great Exhibition, with its mix of wonderment sideshows and learned talks by politicians, innovators, academics and journalists, including Green Party Leader Natalie Bennett and author of ‘The… Read More

Spending the 1%: The potential for participatory budgeting on a national scale

Thursday March 26 2015

The label ‘the 1%’ usually carries connotations of elitism and exclusion when mentioned in a political context, conjuring up images of a super-rich elite lording it over what they might refer to as the ‘hoi polloi’. However, a very different 1% was discussed at a recent event organised by the UK Open Government Civil Society… Read More

25th anniversary guest blog series: A digital future for local government must be shaped by the communities we serve

Tuesday March 17 2015

I recently got into a mini spat on Twitter with a Member of Parliament who sits on the Speaker’s Digital Democracy Commission (DDC) before giving evidence at the House of Commons on the changing nature of representation in a digital age. The MP in question had proudly tweeted: ‘Debate on @digidemocracyuk tomorrow! First time public… Read More