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The NHS ‘Next Steps’ paper – and its implications for consultation and engagement

April 7, 2017 By Article, Briefing Note

The NHS in England has published its ‘Next Steps’ document, taking stock of progress against the Five Year Forward View (FYFV) and charting the way forward. It is an intimidating…

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What next for NHS Sustainability & Transformation Plans?

November 9, 2016 By Briefing Note

Sustainable & Transformation Plans (STPs) have now been prepared for 44 separate ’footprints’ in England. On 21 October they were presented to NHS England and the other agencies and this…

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Britain prepares for BREXIT – The role of Public Consultation

July 19, 2016 By Briefing Note, Briefing Paper

This paper has been written for policy-makers and officials working in the civil service. It will also be relevant to politicians, academics and public engagement professionals working in the public,…

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Bus Services Bill – Briefing

June 29, 2016 By Briefing Note

Background The Bus Services Bill was introduced into Parliament last month.  Despite generating considerably more public transport journeys than any other mode, governments rarely pay too much attention to buses. …

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English Devolution – The Democratic Deficit

November 4, 2015 Briefing Note

Introduction In a world of ever decreasing budgets and deep cuts to core services, “Devolution” is seemingly the biggest opportunity for local government. Local government is right to seek greater…

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Transforming care – the need to consult lawfully

September 11, 2015 Briefing Note

Few people now doubt that one of the biggest challenges facing our society is the need to develop a care system that is fit-for-purpose in the twenty-first century. Integrating Health…

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Transforming care – the need to consult lawfully

September 11, 2015 Briefing Note

Few people now doubt that one of the biggest challenges facing our society is the need to develop a care system that is fit-for-purpose in the twenty-first century. Integrating Health…

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The Supreme Court & the law of consultation options

November 4, 2014 By Briefing Note

When the Supreme Court rules on an important question of law, the general expectation is that it should provide a definitive settlement of disputed arguments – the last word on…

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Lessons from the Safe & Sustainable saga

June 19, 2013 By Briefing Note

It is not very often that a Government Minister has to come to Parliament to explain that a high-profile consultation “did not have the confidence of the public”. Yet after…

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Mid-Staffs Report spells engagement challenges for NHS and Councils

February 12, 2013 Briefing Note

Anyone reading Robert Francis’ massive Report into the Mid-Staffordshire Hospital Scandal(1) will surely be appalled at the widespread failures which meant that hundreds of patients suffered whilst Regulators and bureaucrats vacillated.…

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