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Changing Times with Professor Chris Drinkwater, President of the NHS Alliance

Friday May 10 2013

In today’s Changing Times interview we hear from Professor Chris Drinkwater CBE, a GP in Newcastle for 23 years and now emeritus Professor of Primary Care Development at Northumbria University and the President and Public Health Lead for the NHS Alliance.   If you compare today’s society and the society into which you were born: what’s… Read More

Shared decision making won’t happen by magic

Wednesday May 1 2013

A recent OPM evaluation of the Health Foundation’s Magic (Making Good Decisions in Collaboration) programme identified important lessons about how clinical teams can take the practical steps needed to implement shared decision making. Shared decision-making is a process where patients and clinicians work together to come to an agreement on a particular course of action, ensuring health… Read More

An ideas farm: getting local people involved in decision making

Monday April 29 2013

Councils have become much better at consultation and public engagement. Residents now have a stronger voice in local decision making and a sense that their views can make a difference. Typically, those processes whir into life in support of specific topics – changing the library service, building a new school, or closing a community centre… Read More


The Council of the Future – Making all of us into designers

Tuesday February 13 2018

Participation in design is one of the ways that councils of the future can really empower people, but how? Every council wants to be empowering. They want to empower their staff to be innovative and to make decisions; they want to empower their community groups to make more impact; they want to empower residents to… Read More

The Council of the Future – innovating in community support

Friday February 9 2018

OPM Group Associate, David Newton, writes about innovations in community support on the Isle of Wight. Last year I was fortunate enough to chair a committee to design an innovative and entirely integrated health and social care system on the Isle of Wight. It was a huge learning curve! At the core of our new… Read More

NSIP Event 2018

Wednesday February 7 2018

One of our Principals, Lucy Farrow, will be talking at the Nationally Significant Infrastructure Projects event today. She is discussing how Dialogue by Design (part of OPM Group) became the UK’s leading provider for Consultation and Engagement for infrastructure projects. We have worked on some of the UK’s highest profile projects and have delivered over… Read More