When my dad was dying, they forgot to ask him how he wanted to live
Professionals arrived to do the job they were sent to do – take bloods, give drugs, request a hospital bed at home. They didn’t take the time to understand that what Dad wanted most was to be outside, to feel the sun, wind and rain on his face.
3 Ideas for Fostering
This Foster Care Fortnight, we celebrate three fantastic examples of work happening across England, Scotland, and Wales.
Enough conversation. Let’s do death differently.
It’s Dying Matters Awareness Week: A time when we are all encouraged to talk about death, in the hope that it will help us to ‘die better’ than we would in silence.
Today we launch Innovation Unit Australia. Time to feel proud.
Today we launch Innovation Unit Australia. On both sides of the world, we are seriously proud and excited to have got to this point.
Innovation Unit spins out Australian organisation
Innovation Unit Australia will offer disciplined approaches to social innovation aimed at tackling the increasing inequality experienced across Australia and further strengthening our international capacity.
How to have a better death
Recently the Economist published a lead article entitled ‘How to have a better death‘. This is becoming one of the most crucial problems of our time, but one we rarely talk about. We’ve been talking to patients, their families, doctors and community services in Lambeth & Southwark to see how our health service can better deal with death. Here’s what we found out:
Scale and innovation in early years – roundtable discussion
On Thursday 25th May 2017 we’ll be holding a roundtable event in London for a select group of early years leaders, innovators and experts.
To Intervene or Not to Intervene?
How local authorities can reduce parental conflict to improve outcomes for children.
City and Hackney CCG Innovation Fund wins major patient experience award
City and Hackney CCG Innovation Fund wins major patient experience award Innovative commissioning programme celebrated for working directly with local communities to transform health and wellbeing outcomes.
Why relationships are key to good social work
Positive interactions between social workers and families are essential, but too often policies and practices act as a barrier.
Social innovation is a serious business. Seriously.
Social innovators from around the globe came together to explore how social innovation can have even greater positive social impact in the coming decade.
Named social worker — what we’re learning from local authorities
Having a named social worker means having the opportunity to develop relationships that really work.
From Finland to Italy and…Torbay — 3 Inspirational Mental Health Innovations
Three examples of great mental health innovations that I find personally inspiring.
Remind me — what is it that you do?
Innovation Unit creates new solutions for thriving societies. To be clear about what this means we need to be clear about the impact we hope and expect to see in the world.
Trapped on site: the problems of scaling new practices in Australian schools
We take a closer look at our experience on the ground in Australia in designing and developing school models that are fit for the future, and what we can learn about education around the world.
From Being in Motion to Taking Action
If we agree that we’re facing adaptive challenges, and therefore need new approaches for tackling them, what does this mean for STPs and those who are required to deliver them?
Our Collective Mental Health Is Getting Worse — But Why?
The case for open-mindedness, curiosity and multidisciplinary collaboration.
Better Endings: creating new solutions for end of life care
Everybody deserves great support for themselves and for their families at the end of life. We know that at the moment this doesn’t always happen.
Is the UK in Need of a Micro School Revolution?
Thinking about new solutions for how we ‘do’ education, schools and learning has never been more important, but neither has it been more difficult.
Now more than ever
If it wasn’t already clear that we’re in the midst of a major, global upheaval of norms and values that we have taken for granted as the aspirations of Western democracies, then it is now. We must create serious, sustainable impact with and for those communities that have been left behind.
Education Endowment Fund report published today
This EEF evaluation is an important contribution to the knowledge base about what it takes to implement new practices in English secondary schools.
Why the UK needs to understand when and how Project Based Learning really ‘works’
The education sector is still not as close as it would like to be in really understanding when and how PBL has an impact on student learning
Strong relationships as the golden thread in thriving societies
We all know that relationships matter. We are social beings. Our quality of life, indeed our happiness, is directly related to the degree to which we feel connected to others, we share experiences and can rely on people who care about us for support.
Most Likely to Succeed? Not currently.
What should the future of schooling in England look like and how can we make it happen?
Our Education System Needs More Architects — of School Redesign
To go beyond improvement and begin the process of reimagining and redesigning ‘school’, a certain kind of leadership will be required.
Thriving families need thriving communities – lessons from ‘Troubled Families’
We believe that the Troubled Families programme failed to recognise and respond the important evidence of relationships within communities, as well as families.
Beyond more doctors: new roles must drive a health system for the future
Delivering high quality care in the future will require radical changes to who is in the workforce and how health services are delivered.
Yes, let’s protect the radical blueprint for the NHS, but let’s not forget about the bigger picture
The NHS cannot deliver transformation alone. It must reach out and work in partnership with patients themselves, and with colleagues in social care, housing, policing, education and beyond to tackle challenges as complex as childhood obesity and mental ill health.
Social Prescribing: Making it Happen
Social prescribing is a way of linking primary care patients to sources of appropriate, non-clinical support in the community (Kinsella, 2015). This webinar explores how three different models of social prescribing work in practice.
Sarah Gillinson Interviews Paul Miller – Bethnal Green Ventures
An interview with Paul Miller today who leads strategy and partnerships at Bethnal Green Ventures – an accelerator programme for people who want to change the world using technology.
An open letter to the Prime Minister, Theresa May
Build a better future for all: create great public services that build agency and enable communities to thrive