Holding the providers of health and social care services accountable

…involves finding out about them in our fragmented system of local government I’ve written numerous articles following my December 2021 stays in hospital. On public transport and healthcare staff On improving local council links with doctors’ surgeries On loneliness as a public health and public policy issue On weak institutional links with local government OnContinue reading “Holding the providers of health and social care services accountable”

How can Cambridge’s employers support civic society in improving our city and county?

This blogpost looks at practical actions that don’t simply involve handing over money to the causes that have the highest profiles and the loudest voices – but instead looks at longer term partnerships where everyone can benefit At the Supersize Cambridge event in July 2016, the late Allan Brigham, the local historian gave this hard-hittingContinue reading “How can Cambridge’s employers support civic society in improving our city and county?”

Cambridge University’s future strategies must be created in partnership with Cambridge town and surrounding villages

Cambridge University’s Strategic Framework hardly mentions the interests of the city which both hosts, and gives the name to the University. Looking out for the people of Cambridge is something that former Vice Chancellor Sir Ivor Jennings QC said the Dons should never forget. (Image from the Cambridgeshire Collection – an investigation by the FTContinue reading “Cambridge University’s future strategies must be created in partnership with Cambridge town and surrounding villages”

Germany seems to have learnt from its history, but have UK ministers?

This blogpost is not about comparing the unprecedented and horrific persecution of Jewish people and the many other victims of the nazis and of fascism. This is about asking whether major decision-makers of today have learnt the lessons from history and from decisions taken by their ministerial and political predecessors. The book above was co-authoredContinue reading “Germany seems to have learnt from its history, but have UK ministers?”

More on fragmented public service delivery in and around Cambridge

Surely we can do better than this collectively? By now many of you will be bored of the diagram above. But it’s still there. And as you know it doesn’t include our underfunded health services. I wrote about the weak institutional links between the local NHS and local councils earlier here. Furthermore I wrote aboutContinue reading “More on fragmented public service delivery in and around Cambridge”

What can localgov learn from this powerful speech to Kensington & Chelsea Full Council from 2019?

Looking at where Cambridgeshire might be going wrong, while noting what others are learning – in particular in the aftermath of Grenfell – and this video in particular: Have a listen to this speech from 23 Jan 2019 at the Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea. Above – from 33mins 25 seconds in. One ofContinue reading “What can localgov learn from this powerful speech to Kensington & Chelsea Full Council from 2019?”

Cambridgeshire has no post-graduate course providers meeting local needs on transport planning

Which is why we need to think about how both Anglia Ruskin University in Cambridge, and the new University of Peterborough, are developed over the next quarter of a century. I’ve very deliberately excluded the University of Cambridge from this piece simply because it is a global institution that draws its talent from all overContinue reading “Cambridgeshire has no post-graduate course providers meeting local needs on transport planning”

The Police & Crime Commissioner for Cambridgeshire & Peterborough must overhaul his consultation process

Pictured: Puffles the Dragon Fairy at an emergency services open day in Cherry Hinton 2013 Even accounting for the Covid Restrictions, the minuscule number and percentage of responses from teenagers and young adults is a huge concern “Of note is the response from those in the 18-24 band, with only six responses, less than oneContinue reading “The Police & Crime Commissioner for Cambridgeshire & Peterborough must overhaul his consultation process”