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The influence of journalists in public consultations

March 3, 2017 By Article

Late last week I was listening to an excellent Radio 4 show on the Morality of Fake News featuring guests including editors and journalists of different media outlets discussing the current…

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Institute comments on NHS England’s new patient care test for hospital bed closures

March 3, 2017 By Article

Rhion Jones comments on NHS England’s new bed closure rules: “Simon Stevens has introduced 3 important new tests before hospital reconfigurations will be approved. This is in addition to the…

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Court access on Environmental issues – UK still back-peddling

March 3, 2017 By Article

Far away from the news headlines a BREXIT-like tussle is taking place as the British Government tries to escape its obligations on environmental law. It concerns the all-important right of…

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Institute commentary on King’s Fund STP Implementation Report

February 24, 2017 By Article

Whenever the King’s Fund publishes one of their Reports, people take note. It’s not just that the Radio Four TODAY programme always mentions it. Key NHS Managers, Health stakeholders and…

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The worst consultation question of 2017?

February 24, 2017 By Article

At the Consultation Institute, we are familiar with thousands of public consultations and are frequently exasperated by the standard of survey and questionnaire design.  Some are perfectly acceptable, and where…

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Does politics damage consultation on health service changes?

February 24, 2017 By Article

Local. Politicians. Back. NHS. Changes. They are five words you don’t often expect to see together. Bringing them together in a local newspaper headline would, in most areas, be an…

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Devolution for Warrington – which way to turn?

February 16, 2017 By Article

Residents of Warrington look at least three different ways. To Manchester, Liverpool, and south to Cheshire. English Devolution obliges Councils to figure out whose organisation to join… and it is not…

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Beware a wholly inadequate definition of ‘consultation’

February 16, 2017 By Article

If you are among the couple of thousand public engagement professionals in the UK, wrestling with a serious public consultation from time to time, you may well be intrigued –…

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Failure to consult Councils a key argument in today’s ‘Help Refugees’ Court challenge

February 10, 2017 By Article

Rhion Jones comments: “The Dubs amendment controversy goes to the High Court. Following the Home Secretary’s announcement that the number of unaccompanied refugee children will be lower than expected, attention switches…

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What do a GP consultation and a public consultation have in common?

February 8, 2017 By Article

Regular listeners to Radio 4’s TODAY programme on Tuesday morning may have heard an interview with Professor Helen Stokes Lampard of The Royal College of General Practitioners. She claimed that…

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