Remind me - what is it that you do? Setting out the impact we hope and expect to have in 2017

Julie Temperley
Monday, 6 February 2017 - 3:12pm

Ever had that sinking feeling at a social event when someone looks directly at you and asks the dreaded question, "Remind me — what is it that you do?"

At Innovation Unit we are social innovators. Trying to explain what a social innovator does to anyone who isn't also a social innovator — and sometimes even if they are — is much harder than it ought to be. There's always that moment, usually when you think you're at your most insightful and interesting, when your companion's eyes glaze over and they realise precisely why they have no idea what you do for a living.


From Being in Motion to Taking Action: Why we need to go beyond plans and define a radical approach to changing systems of care

Katharine Langford
Thursday, 26 January 2017 - 2:20pm
Katharine Langford — Health and Social Care Lead & Sarah Dew — Intern share a blog to launch a series about the opportunities for transformation in Sustainability and Transformation Plans (STPs).

Since the year began, headlines and frontline staff have been telling us that the NHS is in crisis. The system’s ability to cope with demand has reached tipping point. In the background of this escalating and immediate need, senior leaders across the country are...

Our Collective Mental Health Is Getting Worse  -  But Why?

Nick Webb
Thursday, 12 January 2017 - 4:35pm

The case for open-mindedness, curiosity and multidisciplinary collaboration

Nick Webb, who joins Innovation Unit as lead for mental health, reflects on contemporary explanations for our worsening mental health, and the need for new solutions.

Theresa May's speech this week announced greater national focus on and increased funding for mental health services. It's the latest response to a broader national anxiety about our worsening collective mental health. How do we explain our mental ill...