Published by Eleonora Harwich on 11 November 2016
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- The Reformer Blog
18 November 2016
On Thursday, Michael Gove echoed Liz Truss’ recent Reform speech in calling on the Government to do better in collecting data and evidence on prison performanc and to, “if necessary, change course as a result of what the data shows.”
Andrew Haldenby, Director
The POA, whose members returned to negotiation after an unlawful strike on Tuesday.
On Tuesday, the FT reported that, by mid-2017, MPs will gain the chance to debate and vote on the NHS budget, followed by those of other departments.
On Saturday, the New England Journal of Medicine reported that a UK pilot study of personal health budgets had saved £3,100 per patient, on average, for those with higher levels of need. Patients and caregivers had enjoyed improved quality of life.
On Friday, the Times reported that a trial video link between care home residents and nurses in Yorkshire had reduced ambulance callouts by about 30 per cent and GP referrals by around 40 per cent.
On Monday, the Public Accounts Committee found that the Cambridge and Peterborough NHS Clinical Commissioning Group’s management of a contract for community services had been substandard: “The procurement exercise was undermined from the start by poor commercial expertise, a lack of realistic pricing, and weak oversight.”
… and on Tuesday, the National Audit Office came to a similar conclusion in regard to the Ministry of Defence’s organisation of a contract to manage its estate and infrastructure: “Roles and responsibilities are unclear, governance arrangements are confused and the Defence Infrastructure Organisation still does not have the skills and capabilities it needs.”
On Thursday, Michael Gove supported Liz Truss’ prison reforms and called for further devolution of criminal justice decision-making covering policing, probation, courts and local government.
“Patients with personal budgets used fewer acute care services than their counterparts, instead increasing their personal expenditures on such social and well-being services as help from more flexible support workers, information technology, mobility equipment, physical activities, leisure, training and education. The evaluation was not designed to explain the observed relative reduction in acute care use, but the evaluators speculated that it might be attributable to a change in the mix of services and to patients’ increased control over their use.”
Report in the New England Journal of Medicine on Saturday.
“The lack of business sense on the part of the NHS ‘would embarrass a child in a sweet shop’, said Meg Hillier, the chair of the committee, adding that there had been ‘serious consequences’ from the failure. ‘It beggars belief that a contract of such vital importance to patients should be handled with such incompetence.’”
Meg Hillier, Chair of the Public Accounts Committee, quoted in the FT on Wednesday
“If we give local areas a specific police, crime and justice budget and allow them to divide it as appropriate between community policing, youth services, social work, youth offending teams, probation, community sentencing, courts and custody then we could see communities make mature decisions about spending more on effective crime prevention measures that would reduce the need for expensive provision of more and more prison places.”
Michael Gove, speaking on Thursday
On Thursday, Reform published four blogs by speakers in the conference panel “Social Security in a changing labour market: big challenges, big opportunities”.
–Charlotte Pickles Deputy Director and Head of Research at Reform
–Jeremy Moore, Director General, Strategy, Policy and Analysis, Department for Work and Pensions
–Iain Gravestock, Head of Human Services, KPMG
–Will Tuckley, Chief Executive, Tower Hamlets Council
On Friday, Reform published four blogs by speakers in the conference panel “Digital welfare: transformation through technology”.
–William Mosseri-Marlio, Researcher at Reform
–Neil Couling, Director General for the Universal Credit Programme, Department for Work and Pensions
–Dr Tiina Likki, Senior Advisor, The Behavioural Insights Team
–Bea Karol Burks, Director of Delivery, Tinder Foundation
On Monday, Emilie Sundorph, Researcher at Reform, argued that increasing autonomy and teacher job satisfaction will help close the attainment gap more efficiently than allocating teachers with high qualifications to underperforming schools.
On Monday, Andrew Haldenby, Director at Reform, suggested that the NHS is in need of a “top down structural reorganization”.
On Tuesday, Elaine Fischer, Research Assistant at Reform, proposed possible solutions to cut social care costs, inspired by Dutch private care provider Buurtzorg.
On Wednesday, Reform is hosting a policy dinner on the theme of “challenges and opportunities for growth after Brexit” led by Crispin Blunt MP, Chair of the House of Commons Foreign Affairs Committee.