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Transforming care by improving support services – how can we enable the enablers?
23 November 2018
MV’s Jamie McMahon argues the importance of prioritising support services and asks how we can enable the enablers? Alongside excellent clinical care, support services are the foundation of an effective health service. Without hospital porters, cleaners, building managers and procurement officers doing their job, patients would not get the care that they need. These support…
End of austerity? Not yet for public services
31 October 2018
MV’s Andrew Laird argues that we must bring public services closer together to keep future demand under control. This week, the Chancellor confirmed that the public finances are improving. But with Brexit fast approaching and businesses crying out for government support to deal the impact, public services are unlikely to see the financial floodgates opening…
New models of General Practice must tackle the increasing strain on GPs, as well as improve the offer to patients
22 October 2018
John Copps argues that if new approaches to General Practice are to be successful, they must work for both patients and the workforce “If General Practice fails, the NHS fails.” That is the stark warning from the NHS’s Five Year Forward View. It is difficult to understate the importance of General Practice to the NHS:…
More Government funding available to support new delivery models
10 June 2018
Tracey Crouch – Minister for Sport and Civil Society has announced a further £1 million in funding for the Mutuals Support Programme which supports organisations looking to either become or grow as Public Service Mutuals (see definition below). This is in addition to the £1.7 million already allocated to the overall programme when it launched…
Are you brave enough to cede control of services?
19 March 2018
Emmet Regan argues that public service bodies need to cede individual organisational control in order to ensure greater collective control over the services they provide within the wider public service system. A version of this article appeared in the MJ on 13 March – click here. The fallacy of public sector control is that although…
Perfecting Accountable Care Organisations must not delay progress on integration
19 February 2018
NHS England has announced plans for a 12-week consultation on the contracting arrangements for Accountable Care Organisations (ACOs). Mutual Ventures Senior Consultant Jamie McMahon argues that whilst ACOs offer an important vehicle for joined-up care, other initiatives that promote integration must continue in the meantime. The development of integrated care is a universally agreed priority…
Who is best placed to lead the integration of public services?
14 February 2018
As public services seek to become more joined up, who is best-placed to take the ‘integration leadership’ role? In an article published in the MJ, MV’s John Copps looks at the case for local authorities, the NHS and housing providers, and what we can learn from devolution in Greater Manchester. NHS England has recently announced…