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Violence Reduction Units and Family Hubs – an opportunity for joint working

MV’s Ed Stroud reflects on how Violence Reduction Units and Family Hubs can collaborate to create ‘end to end’ support for young people. COVID-19 has demonstrated the ability of an epidemic to move rapidly between people who come into contact with one another. It would be easy to think that there is little similarity with…

Innovation is only as good as the system in which it operates – reflections on the 2020 Intelligent Health conference

MV’s Umar Majid reflects on February’s Intelligent Health Conference in London – asking what we can learn from the best innovations in AI technology being implemented in the NHS. Technology driven innovations are the supposed gateway to more effective models of care. But there’s a problem. It seems we’ve become really good at the ‘making…

Time for towns to grab their own reins

MV’s Jamie McMahon reflects on his experience of East Midlands towns and how communities across the UK have the chance to seize the initiative and shape their own futures. “Welcome to [insert name here]” reads the road sign of a typical Midlands coalfield town. The kind of town that has a train station served once…

In praise of local government

Maligning local government will get us nowhere, even if it is our democratic right to do so. This is a letter of appreciation to perhaps the most taken-for-granted of all British institutions. Often maligned and little-understood, they touch a large part of all of our lives. They do as much as any to make where…

Becoming trauma-informed – a recommendation for the future of the Troubled Families Programme

MV’s Ed Stroud argues that new government investment in Family Hubs presents an opportunity to improve outcomes by adopting a trauma-informed model of care. Trauma-informed models of care have a history of improving outcomes while reducing cost. Although not the norm for UK public services there is a clear demand for this kind of approach…

Primary Care at scale isn’t just about size – it is about the ‘right’ size

John Copps looks at what it means to provide primary care services ‘at scale’ and the implications for the existing landscape of organisations. ‘Primary care at scale’ is a phrase that has crept into NHS management jargon over the last decade in response to a system under pressure. Burgeoning patient demand, squeezed budgets and an…

Family Hubs – a manifesto promise that could be the future of public services

The following article was published on the MJ website on the 6th January: During the election campaign, the focus was on Brexit and spending on public services. Now that the election is over and the Conservative Party has won a majority, we need to look at the next level of detail in the manifesto and…

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