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Being heard properly in a public consultation – Are you hearing me? How often are consultees unsure who has been listening to them?

September 13, 2016 By Tuesday Topic

Janice Turner is a respected columnist for ‘The Times’ and last week she turned her fire on Keith Vaz MP. Her criticism was not his personal behaviour per se but…

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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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NHS Procurement Consultation Requirements and Brexit

September 7, 2016 By Advice from Associates

I guess procurement colleagues are excited/appalled in equal measure regarding the implications of BREXIT on procurement practice. But that aside (and I know that’s a big ask) I’m interested in…

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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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New insights for the interpretation of conflicting consultation responses

August 30, 2016 By Tuesday Topic

The recent Tobacco industry Judicial Review helps us to handle battles between the ‘experts’. Many public consultations revolve around matters of strong professional disagreements, and one of the biggest challenges…

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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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Engagement from abroad – a different perspective

August 23, 2016 By Article

Taking a break from the world of consultation, this year I visited the beautiful African country of Namibia with my husband, Alistair. We both greatly enjoy watching wildlife and relished…

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