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Back to the future? The challenge of modern contracting and commissioning.
20 February 2019
Emmet Regan argues that the rise of complexity in our lives and in our public services has made traditional approaches to outsourcing contracts ineffective at best, redundant at worse. Today, sees the launch of the Government’s Outsourcing Playbook. This was borne out of the collapse of Carillion and a new desire to do things differently….
Watch our new video on the benefits of alternative delivery models in the NHS
7 February 2019
How could alternative delivery models could help you improve your services, make them more sustainable, and meet your obligations under the NHS Long Term Plan? The NHS Long Term Plan sets the direction towards more integrated care, and the expectation of new ways of working. However, the choice for NHS services is wrongly presented as…
A bow to the inevitable, a dose of common sense, and a streak of the radical – our comment on the NHS Ten Year Plan
11 January 2019
Earlier this week saw the publication of the long-awaited NHS ten year plan. Originally due in the autumn, it picks up the torch from the 2014 Five Year Forward View and explains how the NHS will change over the next decade. This includes how it will use the extra £20bn a year of investment committed…
Engaging clinicians is pivotal to NHS transformation
9 January 2019
As the NHS publishes its long-awaited ten year plan, MV consultant Umar Majid argues that change is only possible with the support and buy-in of clinical staff. The NHS is changing and it is clinicians who hold the key to ensuring that this change is successful and sustainable. As patients’ needs are becoming more complex,…
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:…