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Reflections from an NHS Providers Workshop: Encouraging the Spread of New Models of Care

David Albury
Tuesday, 9 February 2016 - 2:20pm

‘Just how do we encourage the spread of new models of care?’

This was the probing question that shaped a recent workshop jointly hosted by Chris Hopson from NHS Providers and Samantha Jones, from the New Models of Care team in NHS England. Speaking to over 90 attendees - ranging from foundation trust senior managers, to representatives from local authorities, patient groups, regulatory bodies and commissioners -...

"I don’t even know what community capacity building is anymore..."

Cath Dillon
Tuesday, 2 February 2016 - 11:40am

“I don’t even know what community capacity building is anymore. What difference does it really make?”

...a rhetorical question from a local councillor keen to understand how to make real the all-too-familiar early intervention and prevention buzzwords applicable to individuals and communities: from ‘unlocking assets’, to ‘self help’, to ‘social capital’, and ‘building resilience.’ The five year forward view makes it clear that new care models are only achievable only by fundamentally changing the relationship that the NHS and social care have with patients, people and...

Teaching - It’s Risky Business at High Tech High

Cara Littlefield
Monday, 18 January 2016 - 2:07pm

Teachers at High Tech High in San Diego, California are not part of teacher's unions. They do not have long term contracts. If staff do not perform, they are not re-hired. They do not receive high pay (I personally took an almost $10,000 pay cut just to work at High Tech). And there certainly isn’t a lack of accountability; High Tech High teachers have people in their classrooms on a regular basis. In a typical month you may have parents, principals, school founders, board members and/or visitors from around the world popping into your room. These visits often come with little to no...