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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

Public deliberation in the dock: reflections of a juror

Friday March 6 2015

It was not without a hint of anxiety that I arrived at my local crown court in mid-February having received a stern looking summons two months before requesting my appearance in court. It was my time to carry out the civic duty of sitting for two weeks as a juror. And certainly there was a… Read More

Top tips for transitioning to employee ownership from Inspire EO 2015

Friday February 13 2015

I’m Harjap Roopray, part of OPM Group’s ICT team. I’m also an elected Trustee on the Group’s Employee Shared Ownership Trust (ESOT), which means I act as a critical friend to the board of directors, keeping them updated on staff views on a range of issues. Earlier this month I attended Inspire EO, an event… Read More

Youth volunteers can breathe new life into Britain’s public libraries

Friday February 6 2015

National Libraries Day on Saturday is the perfect opportunity to recognise the role of young volunteers in shaping the modern library service The long summer holidays are nearly over and in a seaside town in Lancashire, a small branch library is preparing for an event to celebrate the end of the Summer Reading Challenge. Families… Read More