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A bigger say in the NHS for patients

Thursday January 17 2013

A truly patient-led NHS has been an aspiration in the health service for well over a decade. The motivation is born out of the realisation that improving patient involvement could lead to better services, higher standards of care and greaterefficiency savings. Furthermore, high profile failings, such as those at Mid Staffordshire NHS trust, have highlighted just how bad patient… Read More

Harness assets to truly make savings

Friday December 21 2012

The Department for Communities & Local Government’s guide to saving money, published earlier this week, contains some tips that councils may find helpful. There is, however, little in it to signify the “change in culture” which Eric Pickles refers to in the foreword. There are some neat ideas like pop-up shops in public buildings, alongside… Read More

“Mutual and co-operative approaches to delivering local services” report published

Thursday December 6 2012

OPM was very pleased to contribute to the CLG Committee’s “Mutual and cooperative approaches to delivering local services” report, published today. The report outlines findings into the progress and development of employee owned cooperatives that can help to deliver local services. We found the committee’s recommendations to transform the “shape, responsiveness and quality of local… Read More


Participatory budgeting 10 years on

Thursday November 18 2010

A few days ago I attended a Participatory Budgeting and the Big Society event in London.  Apparently it has been 10 years since the participatory budgeting (PB) idea was borrowed from Porto Alegre in Brazil and introduced to the UK. Several years ago I chaired an IPPR seminar to explore whether PB was something which… Read More

Greater Manchester Police’s 24-hour Twitter experiment brings public service work to life

Wednesday November 17 2010

I recently attended a social media breakfast event where I got the chance to learn about Greater Manchester Police’s (GMP) 24-hour Twitter experiment where the force committed to tweeting – in real time – all 3,205 incidents that they handled over 24 hours. Kevin Hoy, head of web strategy at GMP, discussed the experiment in… Read More

Why it’s vital to remember that all communities share ‘British’ values

Tuesday November 16 2010

Anyone who heard or read about Home Office Secretary, Theresa May’s announcement of the official review of the Prevent strategy is sure to have picked up on the Government’s emphasis on the role of integration and British values in ‘defeating extremism’ and ‘stopping radicalisation’. We’re definitely expecting to hear more about ‘integration’ and ‘British values’… Read More