Public Eye - Winter 2015/2016

The pressing political agenda to improve services with less funding is central to every area of public sector management.

The pressing political agenda to improve services with less funding is central to every area of public sector management with numerous innovators across a wide variety of public bodies delivering new, more cost-effective service models.

In this issue, we are particularly thankful to external contributors Stuart Cowley, of Wigan Borough Council, and Karen James at Tameside Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, for sharing their enlightening and often uplifting insights into the human and budgetary benefits of integrated health and social care services.

Following the Chancellor’s Autumn Statement and Spending Review, we also examine the wideranging implications for public sector organisations in a new political and fiscal landscape.

Another key element of the Chancellor’s programme this parliament is the ongoing development of the Northern Powerhouse. Graeme Creer explains how this new initiative, embraced by many Labour leaders of big city councils, could drive regional growth and rebalance Britain.

A radically different approach to healthcare delivery is equally integral to policy, but how will this work on the ground? Following the Vanguard GP schemes, Edwina Farrell discusses a further initiative to place larger, more comprehensive GP practices at the heart of NHS reform.

Elsewhere in this issue, Patricia Grinyer explains why universities managing public sector loan funds for small firms are under pressure, while Nathan East discusses the options and challenges of introducing single emergency service organisations.

Meanwhile, Vincent King discusses the fundraising potential of enterprising public bodies and Emlyn Williams reveals some of the problems – and solutions – faced by employers involved in organisational change.

We hope you enjoy the read. If you have any questions or comments about these articles, or requests for information on topics we have not been able to include in this issue, please don’t hesitate to let us know.

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