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September 27, 2016 Article

Yesterday we held the Institute’s Health Special Interest Group (SIG) session in Birmingham. It took place against a background of intense engagement activity in the 44 ‘footprint’ areas. Here are…

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STP Engagement and Consultation for NHS and Local Authorities

September 20, 2016 By Article

No-one now doubts that these plans will have an important impact upon the ability of the NHS to meet the challenges of its Five Year Plan. But as our selected…

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Temporary engagement bypass in the NHS

September 19, 2016 By Article

The NHS is undoubtedly under pressure. Barely a day goes by without national headlines proclaiming failures in one part or another of our health and care system. Much of the…

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The STP debate

September 15, 2016 By Article

Yesterday there was a full scale debate in the House of Commons on STPs. MPs took this issue very seriously and 50 of them took part. We have prepared a slidedeck containing…

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Arnstein Ladder versus Gunning Principles?

September 15, 2016 By Article

Imagine. A group of consultation professionals have spent the day debating the trickiest aspects of their trade. They are tired and looking forward to a relaxed dinner. Someone brightly suggests…

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Toolkits – how useful are they?

September 12, 2016 By Article

Not a week goes by without someone asking us if we know of some good examples of a consultation toolkit. Now it is true that there are a lot of…

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Theresa May commits the NHS to listening to local people

September 8, 2016 By Article

At PM’s Question Time yesterday, a Conservative backbench MP drew from the Prime Minister the clearest commitment yet that local NHS Sustainability & Transformation plans (STPs) will take account of…

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Disability Consultation ‘discriminatory and unacceptable’ – Gerry Adams

September 5, 2016 Article

Sinn Féin TD for Louth, Gerry Adams, has described the decision by the Department of Justice and Equality to limit direct engagement opportunities on the new Disability Inclusion Strategy 2016-2020,…

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Is Consultation really an extreme sport? Otherwise called customer service?

September 1, 2016 By Article

In my years working for tCI I’ve often said that I must be part of a ‘hard to reach minority group’ as I’m very rarely consulted about ANYTHING! I have…

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How to consult children & young people

August 24, 2016 By Article

Parents of a pupil in Wales launched a legal challenge against their council who wanted to scrap all free bus services for secondary school aged children residing more than two…

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