Empowering the Citizens’ Health Assembly

The starting conditions for a Citizens’ Health Assembly will largely decide how it develops. Get these right and the Assembly could make a constructive contribution. Get them wrong and it could be irrelevant or even damaging. This article suggests three starting conditions which could make it develop effectively, through a direct relationship with Parliament; by […]

Reflections on #NHSCitizen by @rikki_dean

Connecting with existing instituions: civil society organisations There was widespread agreement that the citizens assembly should not replace or compete with existing civil society organisations but connect and complement them. However, there is a tension here in that many of the existing civil society organisations exist to advocate the particular interests of  individual patients or […]

NHS democracy: some ideas

This post was written with Simon Burall from Involve. Budget pressure on the NHS, and in particular the need to save money and increase quality by closing and merging hospital services, makes the need for better democratic accountability in the NHS even more pressing. Sir David Nicholson said today that unless services from primary to […]

Case Study: NHS Listening Exercise

The NHS listening exercise invited public comments on four broad themes. We worked with the NHS Future Forum to help gather and understand feedback on the changes to the health and care system, during the pause in the Health and Social Care Bill work. The digital bits of the listening exercise included formal consultation-style questions on DH […]

Should there be a ‘duty to involve’ for national policy?

As Edward Andersson from Involve noted in his recent blog reviewing the new consultation principles issued by government: ”Today consultation has, for many citizens, become a byword for formalistic, tick box exercises, done to mask a decision which is already a ‘done deal’.” Edward rightly suggested that the new principles, while important, fall short of […]