Blogs

The future of education: are we ready for 2030?

Lou Thomas
Thursday, 19 May 2016 - 11:06am

With the heated academisation debate, the pressing need for school places and the Government’s pledge to build 500 new schools before the end of parliament, foundations are being laid for a different kind of education system in England. Even so, it appears that many are not asking a vital question; what will the world be like for young people leaving school in 2030 - that is, those starting school this September? T

he truth is, we don’t know. Trends lead us to believe that it is unlikely to be anything like the past. Therefore, equipping our young people with the qualities they need...

The future of our public services: from vision to reality

Lou Thomas
Friday, 8 April 2016 - 12:00pm

Away from the resignations and political point-scoring that followed the recent budget, many local authorities are embracing new ways to secure quality outcomes for citizens against a backdrop of continued financial pressures. We have been working with some of them.

These authorities are pioneers in making the transition to different, better, lower cost public services: in making the leap from delivering services to people, to delivering services with people; from working inside service boundaries, to a holistic approach to working with each person; from an individualised approach to...

The NHS Five Year Forward View review of maternity services - do personal budgets go far enough?

Katharine Langford
Thursday, 25 February 2016 - 3:19pm

The NHS Five Year Forward View review of maternity services published yesterday proposed that pregnant women have access to a NHS Personal Maternity Care Budget of £3000. The idea behind this being to enable women to have greater choice, and to empower them to choose the personalised care that they need. While I support the idea in principle, I’m not sure that personal budgets goes far enough.

For personal budgets to provide real choice, there needs to be real diversity in the design and delivery the services offered. It is not simply about receiving the same traditional care within...