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Is the cloud-first policy a sensible one for local government? In my view yes, but how it should be applied has to reflect the legacy application estates of each council, the priorities of the organisation, the differences in demography, risk appetite, geography and a range of other policy issues. Mandating a cloud-first policy within local government might help, but could prov ...

The findings from a roundtable discussion with local government CIOs and shared service directors - including motivations for sharing, key factors for shared service success and barriers to to overcome..

This article was originally published in WearableTech The relationship between health and social care professionals and their patients is changing, as a result of the increasing access we all have to personal data and online information. With a relatively small collection of wearable consumer devices, linked to a smartphone, I can amass details about my general health, a medic ...

This article was originally published in the MJ There is no doubt that some councils are in the vanguard of organisations exploiting digital in any sector. Arguably they need to be, given the enormous pressures in the public sector to protect critical services in the face of unprecedented cuts. Recent reports suggest that some of the most innovative CIOs and most competent IT ...

  Directors of finance have been all-powerful in most sectors for hundreds of years, frequently first in line for a vacant chief executive position. But in the public sector that influence has waned over the last 20 years with the rise of technology. This article was originally published in the MJ Technology has automated many finance and audit functions and given non-financ ...

In this local government executive briefing paper, our principal analyst and former local government CIO Jos Creese shares his thoughts on whether creating a local equivalent to GDS and establishing local government digital standards would be a good idea.

Last week, as part of my work with the Executive Briefing Programme, I attended the LGC and HSJ Integration Summit. From my work with Jos Creese on the Health and Social Care Integration report, I am beginning to understand the vast complexities around this topic and massive challenges that exist. The stakeholders that need to come together are diverse, and would be forgiven fo ...

When considering the priorities for the Executive Briefing Programme (EBP) this year, health and social care integration came top of the list. This was not just because of the political priority currently placed on the topic, or because of the digital transformation challenges it contains, but also the opportunity to make a real difference to the public sector and to the publi ...

Confronting the challenges: Examining the context for integration and understanding the blockers and opportunities.

“General practice is unsustainable as it was for the last 40-50 years”, says Dr. Donal Collins, Clinical Lead for the Multi-Specialty Community Provider (‘Better Local Care’) in Gosport. Better Local Care in Hampshire is one of the New Care Model ‘Vanguards’, set-up to improve and better integrate health and social care. To drive this work forward they have recognised that the ...

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