Blog posts February 2016

The NHS Five Year Forward View review of maternity services - do personal budgets go far enough?

Katharine Langford
Thursday, 25 February 2016 - 3:19pm

The NHS Five Year Forward View review of maternity services published yesterday proposed that pregnant women have access to a NHS Personal Maternity Care Budget of £3000. The idea behind this being to enable women to have greater choice, and to empower them to choose the personalised care that they need. While I support the idea in principle, I’m not sure that personal budgets goes far enough.

For personal budgets to provide real choice, there needs to be real diversity in the design and delivery the services offered. It is not simply about receiving the same traditional care within...

Normalising Design-Led Decision Making in Government

Lizzie Insall
Tuesday, 23 February 2016 - 2:10pm

Supporting disabled people and those with long term health conditions into sustainable work is a policy area where, despite significant investment in recent years, little progress has been made to understand what these people really need in order to thrive.

This is not a big surprise. Creating space in the policy landscape for longer term investment in particularly complex issues, focused on wellbeing and supporting purposeful lives is not easy; especially so in times of austerity. Which is why when I read...

What the NHS Mental Health Service Taskforce could learn from Lambeth's approach to community crisis care

Katharine Langford
Wednesday, 17 February 2016 - 10:53am

On Monday the Health Secretary announced the recommendations from the independent Mental Health Service Taskforce, setting out how services could and should be transformed over the next 10 years. This taskforce has identified that an initial £1 billion has been pledged to make these plans a reality.

From our work we know that to achieve better long-term outcomes in mental health, additional funding is not enough, we need new ways of working and new models of care that are developed and designed with the people that they aim to...