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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

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

Behaviour change, local government and the Big Society

Monday October 11 2010

At a recent OPM learning event about building the Big Society, a senior civil servant said that the role of government was to stand back and only step in to help when it was really necessary, specifically by stepping back from mandating and regulating but still providing support. People often assume that this Big Society… Read More

Building a thinking laboratory: a new kind of local partnership

Wednesday October 6 2010

As local public services face unprecedented challenges and a brand new organisational landscape, many are considering if their current approach to working together is fit for purpose. In this post OPM’s Sue Goss describes her experience of facilitating a new kind of local partnership: Worcestershire’s ‘thinking laboratory’, the Shenstone Group. October 2010 saw the first… Read More