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As we move rapidly towards the next general election, all eyes are on ideas that will emerge to deliver good growth, reform government and public services and help lift standards of living. Our blog explores the most pressing challenges being faced in the public sector today, towards 2015 and beyond.

19 December 2014

First steps for multispecialty community providers

By Kalee Talvitie-Brown With primary care in the UK under pressure and recognition that the current approach to general practice has reached its limits, the announcement in the Five Year Forward View of the Multispecialty Community Provider (MCP) model has received positive attention. In early December, we convened a group...

Closing the leadership gap: Can the NHS grow the leaders it needs for 2015 and beyond?

By Angela Mohtashemi and David Thorpe Will the NHS of 2015 and beyond require different skills in its leaders? Where will the new leaders needed come from and how can the NHS develop them? This question hasn’t escaped the attention of the government and the NHS. On 4 December Sir...

16 December 2014

Unlocking the potential: investing in women and girls

By Bethan Grillo and Emily Coates Unlocking the potential of women and girls can bring direct economic, social and business benefits. The UK’s Department for International Development (DFID) has put this issue at the heart of its development assistance and over the past few years, a number of programmes have...

12 December 2014

Reboot required: using technology to reduce crime and reform the criminal justice system

By Scott Logan, Andy Key and Tara Macpherson How can technology be used to reduce crime and reform the criminal justice system? This was the question posed at a recent seminar as part of a series that HM Treasury is holding, hosted by the Chief Secretary, to look at some...

Good jobs: where next?

By Nick C Jones For years, many assumed that low status, low-skilled and low-paid jobs were becoming extinct as Britain moved towards a ‘knowledge economy’. However, while there has been growth in knowledge-intensive industries and occupations, almost one in four UK jobs, still require no qualifications. The reality is that...

10 December 2014

Driving forward the Five-Year View: supporting providers to deliver new models of care

By Tom Hampshire Are providers ready for a new NHS where they will be expected to collaborate, integrate care and accept population demand risk? Following the publication of the Five Year Forward View, along with Alan Milburn and Mike Farrar we convened a group of NHS hospital provider CEOs who...

09 December 2014

Impact investing – the new paradigm for international development?

By Carolin Schramm There is a growing recognition that traditional sources of development financing such as official aid and philanthropic grants are not enough to address the scale and complexity of today’s global development challenges. Impact investment is becoming a potent (if only partially understood) tool in international development and...

03 December 2014

Autumn Statement: Building our way to good growth

By Nick C Jones Today’s Autumn Statement confirmed what we all knew – that fiscal austerity will continue deep into the next Parliament. Although there is some Christmas cheer from the upgrading of the Office for Budget Responsibility’s (OBR) growth forecasts for this year, there remain strong headwinds, particularly with...

02 December 2014

The 2018 university – how ready is higher education to embrace the future?

By Caitronia McCusker and Richard Baskerville At the heart of each university lie the core aims of excellence in teaching, learning and research. But with the higher education environment changing dramatically, and with students nowadays expecting far more in return for their time and investment than in previous decades, the...

01 December 2014

Youth Unemployment: Understanding the UK challenge

By Damian Riley and James Langford As we move ever closer to the general election in May 2015, there is a sharper focus on the Government’s plans to lift living standards. In our view, addressing youth unemployment has a key role to play in tackling this challenge. Youth unemployment has...