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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


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