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Guest blogpost: ‘Trust is the basis from which people make the leap of faith from the old to the new’

This is a guest blogpost written by Rob Mitchell, Adult Principle Social Worker, Bradford Council. Like many local authorities, Bradford is going through a period of change. We are listening more carefully to people who invite social care into their lives, and focusing more on enabling them to live life how they choose to live it. I reflect on the challenges involved.

April 9, 2019

How to turbocharge the commissioning cycle

To date councils have mainly focused on managing demand at the front door through strengths-based conversations with clients. While this has an impact, the extent of it may be limited unless it is accompanied by a focus on commissioning the local market in a way which promotes independence.

February 21, 2019

5 tips for getting the most from Technology Enabled Care

This blogpost was co-authored by Hannah Gordon and Josepha Reynolds. Technology Enabled Care (TEC) has long been touted as something…

November 9, 2018

Reflections on my year as a Deputy Director of Children’s Services: Exploring how our own decision-making can generate demand

I have found it both cathartic and helpful to reflect on what it is like to work on the frontline of local government to support children and families.

September 4, 2018

Public sector innovation: Lessons from science

Einstein said “To raise new questions, new possibilities, to regard old problems from a new angle, requires creative imagination and…

April 6, 2016

Lessons on experimental government

Given the current and – following George Osbourne’s budget tomorrow – future financial challenge facing the public sector, Nesta’s seminar on…

March 15, 2016

A time to get back to basics

In the last few days we have seen this Government embark upon a renewed initiative to slash the cost of…

July 23, 2015

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