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A look under the surface of a public consultation: Part 3/5 – Analysis and coding

Friday March 1 2013

Analysis of responses is a crucial stage of any consultation process, but all the more so when the subject of the consultation is potentially controversial. Consultations such as that commissioned by the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA) on new IVF-based techniques to avoid mitochondrial disease are likely to attract a significant number of responses, some concerned with… Read More

Money talks: understanding the value of talking therapies and other nursing services

Wednesday February 20 2013

The ongoing economic crisis in Europe and the tough global economic conditions pose a number of challenges for healthcare generally, and mental healthcare specifically. On the one hand, a report published by the World Health Organization (WHO, 2011) acknowledged that the economic crisis is expected to produce secondary mental health effects. Given that mental health… Read More

Health and wellbeing boards: looking beyond April 2013

Wednesday February 13 2013

As health and wellbeing boards (HWBs) move out of shadow form and prepare ‘to go live’ in April this year, they are increasingly starting to think about the strategic partnerships they will need to develop in the future. From our experience of supporting HWBs in the early stages of their development, it seems clear that… Read More

Comment

Should we beware the meritocracy?

Monday October 25 2010

Lord Browne’s review of higher education funding provoked much debate about whether young people from poorer backgrounds will now be deterred from going to university. The president of Oxford University’s Student Union said the report heralded ‘a dark day for meritocracy’. Meritocracy is a word that has become popular with politicians on all sides in… Read More

Striking the right balance between innovative and adaptive leadership

Thursday October 21 2010

The current financial and political climate calls for genuine transformation, and for leaders who are able to encourage and harness different styles of thinking. Traditional salami-slicing of budgets cannot yield the required level of savings; radical thinking is required. But where does this leave managers and leaders who naturally adopt a more adaptive style? OPM’s… Read More

How can managers keep trusting each other in tough times?

Thursday October 21 2010

Having to make 25 per cent cuts is enough to put a strain on relationships in any management team, and in this kind of situation ensuring good levels of trust between leaders is all important. In this post, OPM’s principal for local government, Sue Goss, pinpoints the key ingredients of maintaining trust within councils working… Read More