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Coach training course delivered by OPM receives award from leading professional body

Thursday October 1 2015

OPM’s Institute for Leadership (ILM) Level 7 Certificate in Executive Coaching and Mentoring course has received an Accredited Award in Coach Training status by the Association for Coaching (AC). Dedicated to promoting ‘promoting excellence & ethics in coaching’ worldwide, the Association remarked that the programme: “Exceeds the number of hours required for this level of AC Coach Training Accreditation… Read More

OPM continues social impact bonds knowledge sharing relationship with Japanese universities

Monday September 21 2015

Earlier this month we were delighted to welcome an SIB research delegation led by Meiji University back to OPM. The visit is the latest development in the partnership supporting a 5 year empirical study funded by the Japanese Government into how social impact investments, especially SIBs, affect governments, social service providers, service users, and the standard of social services in… Read More

OPM research into SEND pathfinder programme published by the DfE

Tuesday August 11 2015

The final report from the evaluation of the special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) pathfinder programme, featuring qualitative research conducted by OPM, has been published by the Department for Education. The DfE commissioned a consortium led by SQW to undertake the evaluation. The team drew together a wide range of complementary experience as shown in the… Read More

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OPM Group is part of an exciting three year project to develop connected driverless vehicles in the UK for an ageing society

Tuesday June 6 2017

FLOURISH is a three year government funded project which aims to advance the successful implementation of connected driverless vehicles in the UK. The project is worth 5.5 million and is being delivered by a multi-sector consortium.   It is anticipated that older adults with ageing-related impairments and people with mobility needs will be particular beneficiaries… Read More

Social Impact Bonds and their implications for service providers

Friday May 12 2017

During my recent visit to Japan, I heard about the early steps taken in the Yokohama City Social Impact Bond (SIB) pilot. I was struck by how radical the idea of outcomes-based commissioning and delivery is in Japan. The current interest in SIBs in Japan can be seen as an attempt to refocus public services… Read More

Bake My Day!

Friday May 12 2017

I recently discovered a new facilitation tool. Bread making. When in doubt, if you’ve got a tricky subject matter, or disparate group of people, bake a loaf. As part of Marmalade 2017, Arts at the Old Fire Station, Camerados, and Mayday Trust hosted a workshop called Bread and Butter Services. This workshop intended to explore… Read More