Labour may ditch flagship National Care Service name
Labour may ditch the name of its flagship National Care Service policy, the party’s shadow minister for social care has revealed.
Health and care reform challenge 'greatest since welfare state creation'
Health and social care face the ‘greatest reform challenge since the creation of the welfare state,’ the chief executive of the NHS Confederation has said.
Early intervention: What good looks like
Evaluating service transformation to boost early intervention is complex. Tom McBride says the Early Intervention Foundation wants to help local areas identify who’s doing it well and what others can learn from these successes.
Reorganisation hopefuls should focus on place over structure
Delays to announcements about the future of local government reorganisation have left councils frustrated, but Jonathan House argues structural changes alone are not the answer.
We can be the solution, not the problem
As the Convention of Scottish Local Authorities’ meets for its Annual Conference in Crieff this week, Les Sharp and Archie Dryburgh identify the three biggest challenges facing local authorities in Scotland and consider how to adapt for the future.
Care across the border: embracing the shared challenges
Dr Stephen Moir looks at the social care approaches across England and Scotland and argues there are shared challenges to tackle that both countries can learn from.
Selbie: To convene and influence is the USP of local government
Public Health England chief executive Duncan Selbie believes local government has a unique role in convening and leading places to tackle mental ill health. Sam Clayden reports.
Friction rises as council leaders warn over Whitehall’s threats to withhold bed-blocking cash.
A culture shock for Aylesbury Vale
As part of its transformation programme, Aylesbury Vale DC asked all its staff to reapply for newly designed job roles in the pursuit of a single vision. Andrew Grant explains why.
A framework for change
As organisations start to change their shape and operating models to respond to future corporate ambitions, it’s really important to get a framework in place which identifies what you are looking for in your future leaders.
Health and care 'pretending' they are fully integrated system
A senior health figure has warned that fundamental barriers to integration remain amid warnings the NHS is gearing up for its most severe winter yet.
Don't let the Government divide and rule health and care
NHS Providers' Saffron Cordery calls for unity between health and social care as the Government seeks to drive a wedge between the two sectors.
Commissioning for the future
Celebrating Barnet LBC’s recent successes through partnership working its chief executive, John Hooton, explains why councils must always keep their focus on high-quality service delivery.
Place-based planning for the future
Henry Kippin gives his thoughts on how local organisations can produce a place-based plan and how local authorities are tackling this challenge.
Connecting the dots in Notts
David Pearson discusses how a Nottingham-based partnership has shown the way health bodies and local government need to work together in order to maximise services and minimise costs.
East Ayrshire’s big journey
Fiona Lees charts the progress of East Ayrshire Council’s award-winning transformation strategy, which has not only maintained vital services, but forged new relationships with the community.
Building a new vision for 21st century libraries
Chris Cotton explains the need to radically transform the way library services are delivered.
Griffin replaces retiring Rickards
Sedgemoor DC has approved a new interim chief executive.
Kingston leads a new chapter for libraries
Joanne Moulton shares her experience of transforming libraries and preparing the service for a smarter future.
Creating community solutions
Barking & Dagenham LBC’s measures to develop physical and social infrastructure is not just the bottom line in terms of GDP but aim for a society where people can live more sustainable, independent lives. Chris Naylor explains.