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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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Making It Better: Manchester’s reconfiguration of maternity, neonatal and paediatric services holds essential lessons about how to lead successful change

Friday December 12 2014

2014 has been another year of attempts to future proof the NHS. Policy proposals within The ‘NHS Five Year Forward Review’ were welcomed by many, and the recently released Dalton Review on the future of hospitals further challenges NHS leaders to think differently about how healthcare services are organised and delivered. Throughout the past year,… Read More

25th anniversary guest blog series: The case for SIBs

Monday December 8 2014

Rough sleepers in London. Newly-released prisoners in New York. Foster kids in Manchester and unemployed immigrants in Belgium. Four very different social issues, but with one important thing in common: they’re all the subject of new interventions funded by social impact bonds. For the uninitiated, the basic principle behind social impact bonds is that rather… Read More

Social impact bonds: a little less theory, a little more practise

Monday December 1 2014

A few weeks ago OPM played host to a delegation of senior academics from Meiji University, Tokyo, as part of a research project funded by the Japanese Government into social impact bonds (SIBs). The purpose of their visit was to conduct empirical studies of social impact investments, especially SIBs, already implemented in the UK and… Read More