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KIDS launches resources designed to support families with disabled children using personal budgets

Wednesday February 13 2013

OPM has supported disabled children’s charity KIDS in the creation of a free suite of resources that support the families and carers of disabled children in using personal budgets. The resources, released yesterday, form part of the Department for Education sponsored ‘Making it Personal’ initiative. OPM worked alongside KIDS, Disability Rights UK, In Control, NAFIS and the Daycare Trust… Read More

OPM ‘Toolkit for Change’ Workshops: Helping councils adapt for the future, now

Tuesday February 12 2013

‘Toolkit for Change’ Workshops: Helping councils adapt for the future, now from OPM on Vimeo. Whilst local government is highly adaptable, the pace of economic and legislative changes and the scale of challenges councils now face mean things must be done differently. Our Toolkit for Change ‘challenge and creativity’ workshops are specially designed to teach council managers the skills required to meet the… Read More

Police commissioners need to change, and councils can show them how

Thursday February 7 2013

Last week Alan Travis, the Guardian’s home affairs editor, was scathing about the recent elections for police and crime commissioners (PCCs). His article quoted an Electoral Reform Society (ERS) report stating that the elections failed both candidates and voters: “Voters were left in the dark about who they could vote for, while candidates were kept away by huge deposits,… Read More


Person-centred care: measuring impact

Tuesday April 7 2015

A key concern within integrated, personalised care is demonstrating the changes or impacts achieved. The aims are long term, reshaping the way that care is delivered (and received) and will take time to embed and filter through to improved health outcomes for patients. So what evidence can commissioners, and others, show in the short term… Read More

Systems leadership – now we need to bank the learning…

Tuesday March 31 2015

As the election campaigns kick off I’ve been looking back over the past five years and wondering what will happen over the next five. Since 2010, most of my work has been supporting systems leadership – working with leaders who are collaborating across organisations to achieve difficult outcomes with shrinking resources. And despite (or because… Read More

Person-centred care: putting patients in control

Tuesday March 31 2015

In England, more than 15 million people have a long term condition. Improving the treatment and management of long term conditions (LTCs) is one of the most important challenges facing the NHS. This requires a shift towards models that are proactive, holistic and preventive where people with LTCs are encouraged to play a central role… Read More