Tag Archives: commissioning

MEETING PEOPLE IS EASY

At BDO we know that user involvement is a key part of any commissioning process or service redesign.  Nonetheless I recently had a unique experience working with patients as part of a review of an integrated care programme.  This engagement was particularly challenging as many of the patients were frail, elderly or had complex health […]

GUEST BLOG: GETTING BETTER ALL THE TIME

The Better Care Fund is a pooled fund that will be issued to CCGs and Local Councils. It is money which must be spent on implementing integrated health and social care and the tagline is that it will provide an opportunity to transform local services whilst providing people with better integrated care and support. I […]

ALL I WANT FOR CHRISTMAS IS YOU

2014: The year of new partnerships 2014 will be the year where we redefine what local service provision means to us.  As councils move away from providing non statutory services and we see an increased variety of private and 3rd sector partners based across the UK delivering our services, we need to consider what is […]

DOCTOR FEELGOOD

We’re approaching the six month milestone of Public Health officially moving back to Local Government and the launch of Health and Wellbeing Boards. Here at BDO, we’re lucky enough to have a fantastic Healthcare Advisory practice which sits alongside our Local Government team and together we have been exploring the impact of the changes to […]

ALL THIS AGGRAVATION AINT SATISFACTIONING ME

Working closely with local government as I do, I had to come to terms a long time ago with the acute (and sometimes frustrating) impact that public opinion can have on policy making. The big areas of responsibility for local authorities are those which can spark the most emotional and personal community responses – schools, […]

GUEST BLOG: IS PUBLIC HEALTH COMING HOME?

Today, after months of integration, public health officially becomes the responsibility of local government once again. Many of those working in local government see this as “public health coming back home.”  To understand the weight behind this statement it is important to question why public health moved from its ‘home’ originally. To understand this question […]

AIN’T WHAT YOU DO

In the past few weeks MPs have been criticizing the seemingly slow progress of the Work Programme, and laying some of the blame at the door of its Payment by Results model. Margaret Hodge, Chairwoman of the Public Accounts Committee has said that the mechanisms which were supposed to prevent providers from concentrating on the […]

SKILLS TO PAY THE BILLS

This week Norfolk County Council announced that their Chief Executive, David White, will be standing aside in April 2013 to make space for a successor with the different skill sets needed to fulfil the Council’s corporate plan.  This change in the Council’s most senior management appears quite amicable and has been described by Mr White […]

AND I BELIEVE IN A PROMISED LAND

Yesterday I read in my local newspaper that Bradford Council is proposing to bring grounds maintenance services for parks and cemeteries, which have been outsourced for almost 20 years, back in house when the current contract expires next year. The driver for the proposal is not cost, although the Council is expecting a marginal saving, […]

SO WHAT DIFFERENCE DOES IT MAKE?

This week figures were released for the Work Programme, the best known outcomes based commissioning programme in the UK. It has widely been reported that these figures represent failure. In the thirteen months between June 2011 and July 2012 a total of 837,000 people were referred to the programme. Of these, providers have achieved “successful […]

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