News and Comment


Evaluation of National Citizen Service (NCS)

Thursday September 5 2013

OPM has recently completed an evaluation of National Citizen Service (NCS), one of the Coalition Government’s flagship initiatives for building a bigger, stronger society. NCS aims to provide young people with teamwork and leadership skills, experience of their local community, an opportunity to mix with other young people outside their friendship groups and to support their overall… Read More

The rationing of care: Valuing public services is not, and should never be, an exercise in accountancy

Wednesday August 7 2013

A recent paper published in the BMJ Quality & Safety reported on compelling evidence to show that lower nurse staffing levels in hospitals are associated with worse patient outcomes. The researchers hypothesised that this may be due to the omission of necessary nursing care – or ‘missed care’ as they put it – caused by time pressure. 86%… Read More

Even though crime levels are falling, why don’t we feel safer?

Thursday August 1 2013

There’s a popular weather website I’ve consulted to check the extent of the soaring temperatures. It says things like “sunny, 27 degrees, feels like 24 degrees”, which is curious, as you might expect it to feel as warm as it actually is – but you’d be wrong. When I saw the latest crime survey for England and… Read More


Evaluation of the Essex County Council’s Family Innovation Fund

Thursday December 21 2017

Increasing financial pressures on Local Authorities have seen Early Intervention services deprioritised and under-funded. This has left a gap in service for those families who do not qualify for statutory or specialist services but who do need support. There is now a body of evidence to support the argument that meeting the needs of these… Read More

Lucy Farrow has been named as Employee Owner of the Year

Tuesday November 28 2017

News release Tuesday November 28 Lucy Farrow has been named as Employee Owner of the Year Lucy Farrow of OPM Group is delighted to be announced as winner in the Employee Owner of the Year category in the UK Employee Ownership Awards. The awards run by the EOA and sponsored by Baxendale were held at… Read More

Proactive Data: Developing NMC’s Allegations Code Framework

Wednesday October 18 2017

The NMC (Nursing and Midwifery Council) recently published their annual report for 2016-2017. It refers to a project led by OPM Group to design and develop a new allegations code frame to help the NMC to better understand the allegations being brought against nurses and midwives. As the NMC explains: “This will enable us to… Read More