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Delivering change in hard times Building on recent peoplecentred lessons

Delivering change in hard times Building on recent peoplecentred lessons EDITORIAL Delivering change in hard times – Building on recent people-centred lessons Martin Cooper Consultant and Director, Concept Management Solutions Martin Cooper introduces this edition of the The paradox is that much of this scene has Journal themed on exploring new ways to develop been reinforced by the increasing attention paid more effective services that will deliver positive to priorities, targets and efficiency drives. These outcomes for vulnerable people and the wider have tended to be defined in terms of narrow community as a whole. service interests. This is divisive and rather than encouraging effective collaboration has led to a The prospect for the health, housing and care sustained feeling that public services are still services over the coming years is one of financial failing to serve people well. retrenchment. We are likely to look back on the We are in the midst of hard times indeed last five years as a high watermark for and worse is still to come in the wake of the investment in public services. Yet, despite credit crunch-induced recession. Yet we have tackling the years of chronic underinvestment no time for despair; the need for solutions there has been a continuing lack of http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Housing, Care and Support Emerald Publishing

Delivering change in hard times Building on recent peoplecentred lessons

Housing, Care and Support , Volume 12 (1): 2 – Jun 22, 2009

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Emerald Publishing
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1460-8790
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EDITORIAL Delivering change in hard times – Building on recent people-centred lessons Martin Cooper Consultant and Director, Concept Management Solutions Martin Cooper introduces this edition of the The paradox is that much of this scene has Journal themed on exploring new ways to develop been reinforced by the increasing attention paid more effective services that will deliver positive to priorities, targets and efficiency drives. These outcomes for vulnerable people and the wider have tended to be defined in terms of narrow community as a whole. service interests. This is divisive and rather than encouraging effective collaboration has led to a The prospect for the health, housing and care sustained feeling that public services are still services over the coming years is one of financial failing to serve people well. retrenchment. We are likely to look back on the We are in the midst of hard times indeed last five years as a high watermark for and worse is still to come in the wake of the investment in public services. Yet, despite credit crunch-induced recession. Yet we have tackling the years of chronic underinvestment no time for despair; the need for solutions there has been a continuing lack of

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Housing, Care and SupportEmerald Publishing

Published: Jun 22, 2009

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