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22 12 Best-Practice Best Practice


  • Starting early to tackle obesity

    By Jonathan Gribbin | August 13, 2019

    Jonathan Gribbin outlines how Nottinghamshire CC will use its inclusion in the Childhood Obesity Trailblazer programme to help the very youngest children develop healthy eating patterns before they start school.

  • Working with you, for you

    By Diane Booth | August 12, 2019

    By engaging with and seeking the guidance of its young people, Blackpool Council has been able to secure both funds and a new co-production ethic to improve the lives of its residents. Diane Booth explains

  • How do you close down a council?

    August 1, 2019

    Two new unitaries – Dorset Council and BCP Council – came into being on 1 April this year. Mike Harries looks at how to successfully close down a council, focusing mainly on the journey taken by Dorset CC as it planned for its own demise

  • How to get the most from a strengths-based approach

    By Clare Harding | July 26, 2019

    Clare Harding outlines the key factors that enable councils to gain the greatest impact from strengths-based approaches to adult social care and says those who do not go beyond a process or practice framework have gained less impact.

  • A truly cooperative council

    By Tudor Evans | July 25, 2019

    Tudor Evans outlines how communities in Plymouth have crowdfunded the money they need for around 60 projects, with the council backing the funds raised with up to double the amount. The council is now on the final shortlist for a global award.

  • Collaboration is the default way in Herts

    By Scott Crudgington and Jeff Stack | July 25, 2019

    Broxbourne BC and Hertfordshire CC are moving towards final approval process on a £400m scheme to create a new town centre at Brookfield Riverside. Scott Crudgington and Jeff Stack discuss the key elements of the close collaboration.

  • How London delivers safeguarding

    By Dawn Wakeling | July 16, 2019

    London’s adult safeguarding partnership was set up to unite a plethora of agencies in the capital to develop a single policy and set of procedures and drive learning and improvement. Dawn Wakeling explains,

  • Promoting healthy minds for children

    By John Pearce | July 11, 2019

    Following a successful partnership bid to NHS England for funding to improve children’s mental health provision, South Tyneside is now a trailblazer site, says John Pearce, enabling the area to enter a ‘new and exciting’ phase.

  • Enabling a single version of the truth

    By Samantha Fitzgerald | July 4, 2019

    Samantha Fitzgerald describes how Northamptonshire’s real time health and social care capacity tool is integrating system data to reduce pressure on accident and emergency departments and help manage capacity within adult social care.

  • ‘Nothing like Tracey Beaker’

    By Amber James | July 4, 2019

    Amber James describes how Hampshire CC’s holistic approach to what is best for young people in its care has resulted in a £7m investment in residential care

  • The risks and value of the care home market in Torbay

    By Ann McGauran | June 26, 2019

    Torbay Council wants to influence the size and make-up of its residential care home market for older people. Ann McGauran summarises a case study included in the Local Government Association’s Productivity Experts Programme

  • Knowing when to ‘nudge’

    By Jim McManus | June 25, 2019

    Jim McManus outlines how to navigate ‘that nudge thing’ – behavioural economics, insights and science to apply the right solution and avoid wasting time and money