How do we meet families’ aspirations for good housing and a good home?

Response to the Labour Party Housing Policy Review and its commitment to look across the housing system in its search for policy solutions.

How bureaucracy is derailing personalisation

Article that asks why bureaucracy is derailing personalisation and what can be done to rescue the policy.

Telecare ready: creating a universal entitlement to telecare

Policymakers remain concerned about the future cost that long-term care will impose on society. There is a clear imperative to explore ways to reduce demand (need) for care, and to reduce the costs of care provision to the state and families. In this context, increasing attention over the last decade has focused on the potential of telecare.

Learning Exchange collection policy

As the name suggests, the Learning Exchange is based on the notion of collaboration. Third party organisations - Learning Exchange Contributing Organisations – which have specific subject expertise are invited to contribute resources to a designated collection within the Learning Exchange. The purpose of these collections is to provide a way for organisations with subject expertise to collect, organise and share resources.

Breaking the habit: why the state should stop dealing drugs and start doing rehab

Report that examines the current drug policy - prescribing methadone to drug addicts in the hope that this would replace use of street drugs, reduce street crime and cut criminal justice costs.

Low-income neighbourhoods in Britain: the gap between policy ideas and residents’ realities

Report that examines some of the principles and assumptions behind policies concerned with place, poverty and welfare introduced by the Coalition Government, and considers how they connect with the perceptions of residents.

GP budget holding: lessons from across the pond and from the NHS (Policy paper 7)

Paper which draws on evidence from the US as well as on previous experience in the NHS of GP commissioning in different forms, to identify lessons for policy makers as they take this policy forward.

While the government is on the right lines in promoting GP budget holding, the paper suggests that there is a need for caution in promoting budget holding as a universal solution without regard to the capabilities of practices to manage a budget and the safeguards that need to be put in place to avoid the downside risks.

All in this together?: making best use of health and social care resources in an era of austerity (Policy paper 9)

Policy paper which seeks to contribute to an ongoing debate about how best to use health and social care resources to achieve the best possible outcomes in difficult financial circumstances.

The vanguard of integration or a lost tribe?: care trusts ten years on (Policy paper 10)

The description of care trusts as either the ‘vanguard’ of integrated organisations or a ‘lost tribe’ was made by the former Chief Executive of a care trust at an HSMC learning event soon after their creation. It nicely captures the mixed views of care trusts as either the cutting edge of integration between health and social care or as a band of individuals and organisations that have happened upon a clumsy structural solution as a way of shielding themselves from other agendas.