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Strengths-based approaches to tackling loneliness

Strengths-based approaches to tackling loneliness

Addressing loneliness through strengths-based approaches, such as social prescribing, independent travel training and befriending services, empower individuals to improve their wellbeing, and become less reliant on health and social care interventions.

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There is no ‘right’ model of intermediate care: Start with an honest assessment of your system

There is no ‘right’ model of intermediate care: Start…

Whilst centralised systems enable effective reporting and can build consistency, there are factors that need to be in place to make it work.

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Empowering staff should be a top priority for health system leaders

Empowering staff should be a top priority for health system…

Healthcare staff have shown resilience and flexibility during the most challenging of times. However, they need support from leaders to enable them to continue to deliver this work, and implement innovative strategies that will improve services.

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How to make change stick – the ADKAR approach

How to make change stick – the ADKAR approach

A change management tool to enable sustainable change.

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Local Government and the Rugby World Cup

Local Government and the Rugby World Cup

Those of you who know me well will remember that I was a pretty good footballer in my youth. These…

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Performance anxiety

Performance anxiety

I’m really looking forward to attending the LGA conference this week in Bournemouth, I’m particularly looking forward to debates on sector performance. I share my three key learnings about productivity in the public sector.

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Central government finally recognises that service design goes beyond digital…or does it?

Central government finally recognises that service design…

While the word 'digital' has been dropped to reflect a new perspective, changes to the new Service Design Standard haven't gone far enough.

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ADASS Spring Seminar: 300+ attendees, 6 clear themes

ADASS Spring Seminar: 300+ attendees, 6 clear themes

This week’s sixth annual ADASS Spring Seminar is definitely a highlight of the year so far. I reflect on the six themes that ran through the conference.

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IMPOWER @ ADASS Spring Seminar: what we exposed

IMPOWER @ ADASS Spring Seminar: what we exposed

Our research into what is driving poorer outcomes at the health and care interface has been featured as the cover story in today's MJ.

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Introducing our Valuing Independence and Valuing Children Campaigns

Introducing our Valuing Independence and Valuing Children…

IMPOWER exists to increase the quality of people’s lives by making meaningful and measurable improvements to local public services. Drawing on 20 years of insight and impact, we have introduced two new campaigns with ambitious goals to help us align our purpose with our work in adult social care and children’s services.

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5 reflections on NLGN’s (excellent) Annual Conference

5 reflections on NLGN’s (excellent) Annual Conference

Yesterday I attended the New Local Government Network (NLGN) Annual Conference at the Guildhall in the City of London. The venue may have been old, but the emphasis was decisively on the new.

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Why local government needs to increase its understanding of domestic abuse

Why local government needs to increase its understanding of…

Domestic abuse has major implications for council services, but currently the sector isn't able to understand the scale of the problem

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