News and Comment


Empowering the public services workforce to demonstrate their impact: Lessons from the nursing profession

Friday July 5 2013

“We have to get better at working as a business; to prove why we are needed and the difference we make. It’s not enough to feel you’re doing a good job”, said Poole Hospital’s Caroline Chandler earlier this month. Speaking at a seminar on how to prove the value of nursing, the Lead MS Nurse… Read More

What’s really going on in the minds of NIMBYs?

Thursday June 20 2013

Numerous studies tell us that many, if not the majority of people support the construction of onshore wind farms. Yet when specific schemes are proposed, they often meet with considerable opposition from local people. This discrepancy is often explained by use of the acronym NIMBY (Not in My Back Yard), to describe those who oppose… Read More

Cutting leadership development in children’s services could prove a false economy

Wednesday June 5 2013

In our leadership work with directors and assistant directors of children’s services, we are seeing a noticeable trend towards councils promoting from within, often at the same time as restructuring. While this is an understandable response to exceptionally high levels of staff turnover, with the average tenure of a director of children’s services (DCS) now under three… Read More


The South West London Sustainability and Transformation Plan (STP)

Thursday March 15 2018

Public engagement on the South West London Sustainability and Transformation Plan  The NHS in south west London, working with local councils, is in the process of developing a long-term plan for local health services, called the Five Year Forward Plan, or a Sustainability and Transformation Plan (STP). This work is being carried out by six… Read More

The council of the future: starting with a simple conversation

Monday March 12 2018

By Sophia Looney (OPM Group Associate – @sophialooney) The world around us is shifting, fast. The (relatively) predictable, safe relationships that councils have enjoyed with their local people are no longer the same. The power of movements, fuelled by dissatisfaction, digital platforms and disjointed expectations is changing relationships; the conversation with local people is having… Read More

Greater London Authority – Stepping Stones Evaluation

Thursday March 1 2018

The transition from primary to secondary school is a period of significant change in the lives of young people. Many children embrace and adapt to this change, particularly when they are well supported by parents, families and school.  There is, however, a significant minority of students who experience uncertainty, risk, and anxiety around transition, or… Read More