Civitas – Third Sector and Social Enterprise in Health

February 25, 2009

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THIRD SECTOR AND SOCIAL ENTERPRISE IN HEALTH – THE WAY FORWARD?

“Indeed, ‘set us free’ was the overwhelming message from delegates. Lord Mawson provided the following observations:

* Drill into the detail of consequences. I thought I’d find religion in churches, but I found them in the NHS – it’s full of talk of health inequalities, making everything equal and fair, but it’s the patients that pay the price.

* Create cultures that back success. Many people spring up who are very good at what they do, yet systems too often undermine their work. We need to reward them.

* Take a long-term view. It’s about listening to people to make things work and above all about learning-by-doing.

* Grow together. Public vs. private and voluntary sector vs. private sector is an out-dated concept.

* Create an enterprise culture. Children need to breathe in the entrepreneurial traditions aged 6, not 16.

* Beware of politicians from all parties; the ‘johnny-come-latelies’ and the political culture based on ‘come and go’. Five years is a very short time.

* Be a lot more radical. We have to move this on and think about how to cut out the bureaucracy, to get hold of problems and really learn and try to apply a solution.

* Quality leadership. We need to back people before structures.

* Recognise that health is not an illness service. People are healthier when they are empowered.

* Prove that you are better. Measurement will have limitations in terms of integrated, holistic responses to human problems, but we need to show how money’s been saved and how much quality we’re providing. “

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Civitas – Clinical leadership – lost or at a new dawn?

February 25, 2009

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CLINICAL LEADERSHIP

“Quality’, wrote Lord Darzi in his recent Next Stage Review of the NHS, ‘is improved by empowered patients and empowered professionals. There must be a stronger role for clinical leadership and management throughout the NHS’.

As the report acknowledged, compared to leading healthcare organisations such as Kaiser Permanente in the US, the NHS has very few clinicians in leadership roles – a fact fast being seen as a rate-limiting step to achieving quality of care. A raft of measures to encourage its development has been proposed, but will they be effective? Is this a new dawn, or merely a false beginning?”

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Think Tanks – Civitas

February 24, 2009

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WIKI – CIVITAS

“The stated underlying purpose of Civitas is to deepen public understanding of the legal, institutional and moral framework that makes a free and democratic society possible.

They state that what they do is:

* Discover solutions to social problems.
* Implement pioneering projects to demonstrate what can be accomplished.
* Supply schools with teaching materials and guest speakers.
* Support informed public debate and encourage consensus by:
o Providing accurate factual information on today’s social issues.
o Publishing informed comment and analysis.
o Bringing together leading protagonists in open discussion.”

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CIVITAS – THINK TANK AND CHARITY

“Director of the Civitas Health Unit: James Gubb

James Gubb joined Civitas in 2005, originally to work on EU issues. He is now the Director of the Health Unit. Prior to joining the institute he worked briefly in criminal law and was a Mathematics teacher at a secondary school in Kenya. He is a regular contributor to print and broadcast media.”

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THE ROMAN POLITICAL CONCEPT OF CIVITAS

‘n the history of the Roman Empire, the Latin term civitas (plural civitates) referred to the condition of Roman citizenship. It was also used to describe a type of settlement.

As the empire grew, inhabitants of the outlying Roman provinces would either be classed as dediticii, meaning “capitulants,” or be treated as client kingdoms with some independence guaranteed through treaties. The latter group were known as civitates foederate and were exempt from paying tribute or the rule of Roman law.”

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CIVITAS – The Third Sector and Social Enterprise in Health

January 9, 2009

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THE THIRD SECTOR AND SOCIAL ENTERPRISE IN HEALTH: THE WAY FORWARD? HOUSE OF COMMONS, 13 MAY 2008

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