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Local communities can provide councils with a way out of a crisis

Thursday November 8 2012

The question raised by Lord Heseltine’s growth report is how much councils can improve their own performance. One answer is staring them in the face: councils need to rethink their concept of resources to encompass their own communities. That isn’t a euphemism for press-ganging volunteers into doing everything. But when councils redesign services, they should take into… Read More

Study into personal budgets finds encouraging results

Tuesday October 23 2012

One of the liveliest debates in social care at the moment concerns how personal budgets benefit different groups of people in different ways. Investigating this issue in Essex, we found that while personal budgets nearly always contribute to a positive experience for all, there was a marked difference in the benefits derived by older people… Read More

Into the patient pathway

Thursday August 2 2012

Assessment and care planning for a healthy life after cancer is urgent. Macmillan Cancer Support with the National Cancer Survivorship Initiative have developed the concept of health and wellbeing clinics in response to this need. The clinics provide information and services for patients making the shift from treatment to life after cancer, enabling them to… Read More

Comment

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

A radical proposition for changing the way we design SIBs – A service provider perspective

Thursday July 20 2017

We have both written, previously, with energy and enthusiasm for SIBs; about the benefits they can bring. We still believe that to be true but we also believe that it is important not to lose sight of the potential challenges and downsides. From a service provider point of view, there is a risk that we… Read More