Phil Swann is executive chair of Shared Intelligence
While the transfer of public health to local government is on course, many NHS staff remain sceptical.
The current tension in France shows what can happen when it stops turning.
Do the preferred solutions to the social care funding crisis mean nothing will be done to overhaul council funding for another decade?
The public expenditure landscape may be changing but the need for public service reform and the barriers to it are as constant as ever
Debate is raging over external auditors’ perceived failure to prevent prominent failings
I am told the chief executive of one of the new mayoral combined authorities recently shouted at a group of colleagues from constituent councils: “You are the most difficult group of chief executives I have ever had to work with.”
When I was director of strategy and communications at the Local Government Association, we were criticised for “cautiously welcoming” most government announcements.
“This feels like a public service board”.
The resignations of former council leader Nicholas Paget-Brown and chief executive Nicholas Holgate following the tragic fire at Grenfell Tower had a depressing inevitability to them.
The most effective health and wellbeing boards are acting as anchors of place in a sea of sustainability and transformation partnerships, health and care integration and new models of care.