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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

The NHS financial crisis: E-QIPP-ing the nursing workforce with the skills to drive quality and efficiency improvements

Tuesday February 3 2015

It seems that not a week goes by without some form of media headline trumpeting the scale of the financial crisis confronting the NHS. NHS finances is a major issue requiring urgent and sustainable solutions. In the past few years, the National Audit Office repeatedly questioned the sustainability of savings made to date. The easiest… Read More

Towards a hate crime care pathway: lessons from Leicestershire

Friday January 30 2015

It is Hate Crime Awareness Week, and I would like to take the opportunity to assert the importance of reframing hate crime beyond its narrow criminal justice focus. In a blog for the International Network for Hate Studies last year, I argued that health and social care agencies can play three critical roles in relation… Read More

Pharmacies: a healthy dose of listening to users

Friday January 23 2015

It’s a busy time for pharmacies. Many of us are turning to pharmacies for something to fight off seasonal sniffles, or to help with New Year’s resolutions, like losing weight or quitting smoking. But it’s also an interesting time for the community pharmacy landscape in general, with debates currently underway about the future role of… Read More