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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

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25th anniversary guest blog series: Public and private sectors must learn from each other post General Election

Monday January 5 2015

As we approach the General Election and (closer to home) my retirement, I am regularly being asked what the future may hold for public services. Most obviously, whatever is the political make-up of the new Government, the need to reduce the deficit will remain.  In round numbers, this has to be brought down by £100… Read More

Does digital still have the potential to change local participation?

Thursday December 18 2014

  As soon as our scene setter Dr Andy Williamson challenged his fellow panelists to think about whether digital has lived up to the potential he saw, over a decade ago, for it to radically change local participation, it was clear that the promise still exists and remains unfulfilled. Speaking at the Kai Rudat Memorial Breakfast… Read More

Plays as communication in dialogues

Thursday December 18 2014

We all have our signature pieces for dialogues, our go-to techniques which we know will help stimulate debate or communicate information to participants. Plays in dialogues have become mine. There are many ways that plays can be used in dialogues, with a range of methods to help stimulate debate and act out roles. In this… Read More