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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


Localism – a new opportunity for local government to take the lead through strategic commissioning

Tuesday November 2 2010

Whilst much is still uncertain about the direction of local government there is undoubtedly one window of opportunity. This is for local authority leaders to take a lead locally, relatively unfettered by central and regional government. The coalition government has made it clear that central government will not be telling local authorities what to do… Read More

Local authority leaders need to make radical change to our children’s and adult systems

Friday October 29 2010

A major strategic challenge in public services is redefining and renegotiating the relationships between individuals, communities and public services by replacing ‘doing unto’ with ‘doing with’, replacing ‘one-size-fits-all’ with individual budgets and personalisation and replacing  outmoded universal services with the co-production and support that friends, family and community can provide. Without a major shift in… Read More

What are the keys to success for free schools?

Tuesday October 26 2010

With the passing of the Academies Act in July, and the first 16 new free schools announced last month, attention has again focused on the coalition Government’s agenda for educational reform. OPM’s experience of community capacity building for the previous Government’s new schools competitions provides some important insights for this agenda that should not be… Read More