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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


Karen Shackleton on, ‘Pension Funds and Social Investments – The Optimum Path to a Meeting of Minds’

Tuesday October 17 2017

Introduction to Karen Shackleton’s Guest Blog By: Sheila Pardoe Last February, I had the great privilege of meeting and working with Karen Shackleton during a 2-day social investment event, The Gathering. Throughout the event, I supported Karen’s ground-breaking conversations on how pension funds can unlock capital in the UK’s social investment space. This was alongside… Read More

Macmillan Coffee Morning at OPM Group

Friday September 29 2017

At OPM Group all our activities include a focus on improving the social infrastructure around us. And we like cake! We also have also done a significant amount of work with Macmillan Cancer Support, and we wanted to back up their activities by participating in the coffee morning. Over a dozen OPM staff intrepidly prepared… Read More

Participation, data, and impact: Ofwat’s engagement methodology for Price Review 2019

Wednesday August 16 2017

One thing our team enjoy doing is figuring out how to make complicated subjects accessible (and fun!) to members of the public so that they can share their opinions. Working with the water industry regularly provides these opportunities (How do you get customers to weigh up and give opinions on water resource options? How do… Read More