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I write major reports for the public and private sectors and think tanks. I
help organisations frame what they want to achieve with a report, work with
experts in the field to compile the evidence and then write the report itself,
working through drafts with the commissioners to ensure the final
document reflects the organisation's objectives.
I write in a clear, fluent, accessible and enticing style that ensures the
document is as widely read as possible, and meet demanding deadlines to
ensure it is published on schedule.
Swimming together or sinking alone
Swimming together or sinking alone, for the Institute of Healthcare
Management, was based on revealing interviews with senior leaders in
health and local government on what was really happening inside the
Sustainability and Transformation Plan (STP) process. It helps leaders
understand the values, culture and skills they need to survive and thrive as
the NHS tries to change from organisations working in silos to local health
and care networks focussed on the needs of patients. It received excellent
feedback and was the centrepiece of a major conference.
Local Government Finance Commission
The Local Government Association and public sector accountancy body
CIPFA established the Independent Commission on Local Government
Finance to recommend a programme of government reforms. I worked with
the commission to draft its interim report, Public Money, Local Choice
published in October 2014, and its final report, Financing English
Devolution, published in February 2015. Several of the report’s
recommendations have since been reflected in the government’s devolution
The Revolution will be improvised
The Revolution will be Improvised draws on insights from 25 multi-agency
programmes around the country to discuss how people break or make
collaboration and service transformation, and what we can learn from their
experiences. The programmes are part of the Local Vision initiative, backed
by the Local Government Leadership Centre and the NHS, which is
dedicated to transformation through system leadership.
NHS Clinical Commissioners manifesto
NHS Clinical Commissioners published Making Change Happen to influence
national and local government, system leaders, policymakers and
politicians. The manifesto messages were developed through interviews
with CCG leaders and a roundtable event with system leaders from across
the NHS. It outlined what changes needed to be made to enable clinical
commissioning groups to reform the NHS. NHSCC called for urgent action
from national bodies to create the right environment for local clinical
Public sector recruitment
The Changing Face of the Public Sector, for recruitment specialists Hays, is
an analysis of data from more than 1,000 replies to a Hays survey of public
sector staff. I analysed the results and worked with the Hays team to
develop the report’s recommendations.
Future Homes Commission
I edited the final report of the Future Homes Commission, established by
the Royal Institute of British Architects to recommend reforms to every
aspect of UK housing – from the way homes are built to how they are
funded and designed. It was launched in October 2012 and received
extensive media comment.
King’s Fund report on leadership
I wrote the King's Fund’s report Leadership and Engagement for
Improvement in the NHS. It was based on papers commissioned from
national and international experts, along with a wide range of background
papers and submissions from organisations such as the medical royal
It demonstrates how engaging clinical staff in leading improvement raises
standards of care, while engaging patients produces better outcomes and
uses resources more effectively. It was launched at the King’s Fund’s second
annual Leadership and Management Summit by its chief executive,
Professor Chris Ham.
Commission on Dignity in Care
I wrote the consultation document and final report for the Commission on
Dignity in Care, established by the NHS Confederation, Age UK and the Local
Government Association to identify and address the underlying causes of
poor care of older people in hospitals and care homes.
Over nine months I attended the evidence sessions, helped frame the
recommendations and produced successive drafts.
The consultation document received huge media coverage and its
recommendations attracted extensive support from health and social care
organisations. I then worked with the commission to incorporate ideas from
the 230 responses in the final report, Delivering Dignity, published in 2012.
NHS Confederation: lessons from PCTs
I was commissioned by the NHS Confederation to write an assessment of
more than a decade of commissioning by primary care trusts, and identify
lessons for the new clinical commissioners. I based Ambition, Challenge,
Transition: reflections on a decade of NHS commissioning on 20 interviews
with senior managers, medical directors, non-executive board members and
I delivered a candid and insightful analysis with revealing reflections and
important lessons for clinical commissioning groups. It was launched at the
first conference of the new independent body NHS Clinical Commissioners
in April 2013.
skills and expert
knowledge of health and
local government with a
fantastic ability to
explain it simply and
clearly in language
professionals and the