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Study into personal budgets finds encouraging results

Tuesday October 23 2012

One of the liveliest debates in social care at the moment concerns how personal budgets benefit different groups of people in different ways. Investigating this issue in Essex, we found that while personal budgets nearly always contribute to a positive experience for all, there was a marked difference in the benefits derived by older people… Read More

Into the patient pathway

Thursday August 2 2012

Assessment and care planning for a healthy life after cancer is urgent. Macmillan Cancer Support with the National Cancer Survivorship Initiative have developed the concept of health and wellbeing clinics in response to this need. The clinics provide information and services for patients making the shift from treatment to life after cancer, enabling them to… 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