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16th February 2018

Reform submission: Health Select Committee inquiry on “Sustainability and Transformation Partnerships”

NHS England has ambitious plans to reform healthcare. It wants to deliver more care in the community, in a timelier and more effective manner for patients. Key vehicles for achieving this are Sustainability and Transformation Partnerships (STPs), which are designed to bring together healthcare commissioners to coordinate local care plans.

27th November 2017

The future of public service identity: blockchain

Today’s report, The future of public service identity: blockchain, demonstrates how blockchain technology could be used for identity management, shifting the ownership of personal data from government to citizens. This paper is the seventh in a series, in partnership with Accenture, looking at the role technology can play in the future delivery of public services.

1st November 2017

Vive la devolution: devolved public-services commissioning

The way public services are commissioned is fundamental to their success. Commissioning is the design, procurement (where there is a purchaser-provider split) and evaluation of public services. In many cases, in healthcare, employment services and offender-management programmes, this split exists, but the commissioning structures are not in place to achieve value for money for the over £335 billion spent each year on public services.

5th September 2017

Joining the elite: how top universities can enhance social mobility

Recent increases in the number of students going to university have been celebrated widely, and are a sign that more opportunities are becoming available to young people from less advantaged backgrounds. Still, large gaps remain between socioeconomic groups, and have shown no signs of decreasing. The gaps only grow when looking at the most selective universities