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How CCGs can build leadership capacity

Tuesday November 20 2012

The traditional NHS model of top-down, hierarchical leadership is ill suited to the complex challenges facing new leaders in the reformed health service. Those leading clinical commissioning groups in both clinical and managerial roles increasingly recognise that leadership in today’s NHS is first and foremost about helping others to lead: from GP colleagues and practice… Read More

Cutting the cost of care through connections

Monday November 19 2012

We know we are facing a demographic time bomb. The number of people in the UK aged over 85 has doubled since 1985. By 2021, there will be one million people with dementia, rising to 1.7 million in 2050. The ‘Barnet graph of doom’ makes local authorities across the country tremble. What will happen if… Read More

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


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