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Moving from the sprint to the heptathlon

Moving from the sprint to the heptathlon

Local authority areas need to become expert at the seven-event heptathlon they now face

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Consulting Excellence: IMPOWER’s commitment

Consulting Excellence: IMPOWER’s commitment

As a member of the Management Consultancies Association (MCA), early this year IMPOWER formally committed to Consulting Excellence – a…

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HSJ Commissioning Summit: Seizing the STP Opportunity

HSJ Commissioning Summit: Seizing the STP Opportunity

Last week the IMPOWER health team attended the HSJ Commissioning Summit. As ever, the agenda was packed with plenty of…

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Reflections from CIPFA Conference: We have to make Brexit work

Reflections from CIPFA Conference: We have to make Brexit…

Last week my colleagues and I attended CIPFA’s annual conference. Unsurprisingly, Brexit shaped the agenda and framed the discussions. However,…

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Crucial but not easy: Partnership building in local health economies

Crucial but not easy: Partnership building in local health…

This year’s annual NHS Planning guidance for the first time requires NHS leaders to produce two separate but connected plans:…

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‘The doorstep narrative’ to reinventing local government

‘The doorstep narrative’ to reinventing local…

Last week, Jon Ainger and I ran a session at the MJ Future Forum on the Target Demand Model –…

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Public sector innovation: Lessons from science

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…

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Mind the Gap: Are you ready for Sustainability and Transformation Planning?

Mind the Gap: Are you ready for Sustainability and…

Thinking back to my time as a Special Advisor, first for Tony Blair then later for the Secretary of State…

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The fundamental efficacy of human interaction

The fundamental efficacy of human interaction

Heading home last Tuesday on the train I read a fascinating article in the Evening Standard that I thought I…

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If change is to happen, we still need to ask the killer questions

If change is to happen, we still need to ask the killer…

Reflecting on my first six months with IMPOWER and I’m tempted to quote The Tempest (“Oh brave new world, that has such…

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The Spending Review: Tough choices to make

The Spending Review: Tough choices to make

The social care council tax precept is good politics for George Osborne and bad politics for local government. He’s devolving…

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The Peril of Public Service Oligopoly

The Peril of Public Service Oligopoly

This article comes with a health warning: Share price is not a completely accurate reflection of the real value or…

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