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Audit committees – scrutiny and the system

May 6, 2021
The move to the integrated care model for the NHS makes the role of the audit committee more important than…
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The value of primary care

May 5, 2021
GPs and primary care are crucial in delivering integrated care services. With the legislation currently falling short on defining their…
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Integration and collaboration on an international scale

May 4, 2021
GGI has partnered with universities in Belgium and the US to explore the impact of COVID-19 on health and social…
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A mindset of ambition – the quantum leap we need

May 1, 2021
As we move towards the adoption of a new model of health and social care, is the scale of our…
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Protecting the NHS from the dangers of misinformation

April 28, 2021
Anti-institutionalism and social media have combined to put the reputation of the NHS at risk. What can boards do about…
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Practical solutions for managing NHS system burnout

April 27, 2021
Much like long-COVID syndrome, burnout is a ramification of the pandemic that needs attention and management. There can be little…
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Social housing and COVID-19

April 24, 2021
The pandemic has highlighted the crucial role of social housing. The sector has managed the crisis well but must now…
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Good governance and the Sustainable Development Goals

April 22, 2021
Achieving the UN’s 17 Sustainable Development Goals will require strong political leadership, a willingness to change and good, outcomes-based governance….
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Young people in governance: how boards can improve age diversity

April 21, 2021
Diverse boards are better boards. But how do you encourage more young people to get involved? The first step is…
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End-of-life care in the age of integrated systems

April 20, 2021
The UK hospice sector already does its difficult and hugely important job very well. How can we improve the efficiency…
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An artistic approach to healthcare delivery

April 17, 2021
The power of the arts to improve many mental and physical illnesses is well known – we look at two…
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The evolution of mental health commissioning: what boards need to know

April 15, 2021
With health and social care in a period of significant reform, amidst all of the change mental health trusts are…
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What’s next for CQC?

April 14, 2021
The Care Quality Commission’s strategy consultation contains some good ideas about system regulation and digital technology, among other things. Now…
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Integrated care systems – three priorities for governors and NEDs

April 13, 2021
Feeling sidelined or failing to fully engage with the planning for integrated care are the wrong moves; now is the…
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Maintaining the digital momentum

April 10, 2021
COVID-19 has forced rapid change across the NHS – nowhere more so than in digital technology. How can NHS boards…
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Provider collaboratives – time to build

April 8, 2021
Provider collaboratives will play an important part in the success of integrated care as our essential guide explains. While we…
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Climate emergency: the NHS responses required

April 7, 2021
Climate change continues to be the biggest threat facing the world, yet the NHS is one of the UK’s biggest…
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Decoding the reformation of the Mental Health Act

April 6, 2021
The government is consulting on a white paper containing sweeping reforms of the Mental Health Act – some of the…
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Planning guidance offers a glimpse of dawn

April 1, 2021
NHSE/I’s planning guidance for 2021/22 offers clarity on five key priority areas for the NHS. Critical to its success will…
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Growing pains: integrated care lessons from Scotland and Wales

March 31, 2021
With the ink still drying on the health and care white paper, there is now real momentum building behind integrated…
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How Should a Government Be?

March 30, 2021
Jaideep Prabhu’s third book How Should a Government Be? explores some of the lessons in innovative governance that the private…
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Integrated care jargon buster

March 27, 2021
Do you know your PHM from your HWB? The GGI integrated care jargon buster is here to help. The journey…
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Public sector regulation at a crossroads

March 25, 2021
The pandemic has underlined the need for a new approach to public sector regulation – one that better embraces system…
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The precautionary principle in action

March 24, 2021
The precautionary principle is an approach that urges caution about innovations that have the potential to cause harm when knowledge…
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Competing priorities for NHS leadership

March 23, 2021
Last week the government announced £6.6bn in extra funding for the NHS over the next six months to support its…
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Learning from the German long game on social care

March 20, 2021
When Germany won the football World Cup in 2014, much was written about the seeds of the team’s success having…
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Population health – paying the bill for austerity

March 18, 2021
We have a population that is getting fatter, older and sicker. The model of care outlined in the health and…
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The ICS case for the Buurtzorg nursing community care model

March 17, 2021
Dutch historian Rutger Bregman, who famously disrupted the World Economic Forum in 2019 by criticising wealthy countries for not cracking…
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Funding English social care

March 16, 2021
The social care sector in England is in a precarious position. At last count there were approximately 122,000 staff vacancies,…
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The long road to sustainability

March 13, 2021
When 3M delivers PPE to a hospital it does so in trucks assembled in Germany made from steel mined in…
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Connecting place with purpose

March 11, 2021
The purpose of integrated care systems is to fulfil the ambition of place. So said Mike Bell, Chair of Croydon…
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Marmot review eleven years on – opportunities

March 10, 2021
Eleven years ago, Professor Sir Michael Marmot, by invitation from the Secretary of State for Health, chaired an independent review…
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Place the emphasis on outcomes

March 9, 2021
At the core of NHS England’s Integration and Innovation white paper is the notion of ‘place’, perhaps the least described…
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Three new leadership priorities for NHS CEOs

March 6, 2021
As we close in on the end of the 2020/21 financial year NHS chief executives will be thinking about the…
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Two that you are and one that you’re not

March 4, 2021
Effective boards feature a congruous mixture of styles. To help identify your board member style types, GGI has developed a…
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Symbiotic relationships

March 3, 2021
The Department of Health and Social Care’s White Paper, which sets out its legislative proposals for a new 2021 Health…
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New commissioning powers for mental health trusts

March 2, 2021
As part of the New Care Model (NCM) initiative to improve the delivery of a range of specialist mental health…
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Voluntary, community and social enterprise mental health services

February 27, 2021
The voluntary, community and social enterprise (VCSE) sector is an important partner for health and social care agencies and makes…
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Addressing the risk of moral injury

February 25, 2021
King’s College London recently published the findings of a study examining the impact of the COVID-19 crisis on frontline intensive…
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Risk management is a necessary part of every mission

February 24, 2021
“There are risks and costs to action. But they are far less than the long range risks of comfortable inaction.”…
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Seeking clarity on system-level risk

February 23, 2021
The government’s white paper on the future of integrated care was clear about its intention to foster greater collaboration between…
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LGA briefing: Health and Social Care Bill White Paper

February 20, 2021
This week the Local Government Association (LGA) published a detailed and thoughtful response to the government’s health and social care…
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Creative communication drives improvement

February 18, 2021
There are many ways governance can drive the improvement of quality of care for patients. Often colleagues in an organisation…
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All change or no change – governors and systems

February 17, 2021
NHS foundation trusts are required to develop a membership of people reflecting the communities they serve. In turn, these members…
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Putting the citizen at the heart of the NHS

February 16, 2021
The NHS has suffered arguably its toughest year since its inception in 1948. Through this difficult time, what has been…
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NHS waiting times still matter

February 13, 2021
Waiting times for planned hospital care matter to patients because living in pain and discomfort can have a serious impact…
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Integration for the sake of it won’t be enough

February 11, 2021
The NHS Long Term Plan set out an ambition for all of England to be covered by integrated care systems…
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A meeting of innocence and experience

February 10, 2021
Over the past week the tragicomic video of a Handforth Parish Council meeting has gone viral. Amid the hilarity, there…
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Now is the time for courage and vision

February 9, 2021
We find ourselves in a form of integrated care limbo. The NHS remains at full stretch meeting the extraordinary demands…
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The governance of EDI

February 6, 2021
In our bulletin series last year we noted that the death of George Floyd in the US had reignited the…
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Partnering for success

February 4, 2021
The move to turn integrated care systems into some form of statutory entities has been largely welcomed. In the last…
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The integration funding challenge

February 3, 2021
One of the thorniest issues facing those charged with establishing integrated care systems is getting the funding model right. In…
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Waking up to bias

February 2, 2021
Given the recent government decision to scrap implicit (or unconscious) bias training for civil servants in England, you may be…
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The language of leadership

January 30, 2021
President Joe Biden’s inauguration speech was a great lesson in the careful choice of words – the language of leadership….
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Time to prioritise homelessness

January 28, 2021
‘People who are homeless are not social inadequates. They are people without homes.’ So said the late Scottish trade unionist,…
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Building public confidence in COVID-19 vaccines

January 27, 2021
The COVID-19 pandemic has been a time of great uncertainty and tragedy. Last year there were more excess deaths in…
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Caring for the carers

January 26, 2021
In 2017, GGI and Care England jointly published a paper, System transformation and care homes, that explored the extent to…
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Plan for hope

January 23, 2021
Just a fortnight after the riots that marked such an ignominious end to Donald Trump’s four years in office, the…
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A breath of love…the power of social prescribing

January 21, 2021
The power and healing qualities of breath have been brought to the fore during the coronavirus pandemic as people have…
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NHS 3.0 Can a local, integrated care system deliver better outcomes for patients?

January 20, 2021
Integrated care systems were relatively new ideas that emerged from the NHS Long Term Plan. In the last few months,…
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False news and COVID denial – board responsibilities

January 16, 2021
Boards are stewards of their organisations’ assets. In this bulletin we discuss the duties of NHS boards when faced with…
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