How can we improve the quality of public services? A public debate hosted by the Health Services Management Centre (HSMC), University of Birmingham

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Date: Tuesday 31st March, 11-12.30        Venue: Law, Lecture Theatre 2, University of Birmingham

This house believes that ‘given the challenges we face, choice and competition are the least worst way of reforming public services’

Speakers:„„

  • Sir Julian Le Grand, Richard Titmuss Professor of Social Policy, London School of Economics and former health advisor to Tony Blair (speaking for the motion)
  • „„Dr. Robert Page, Reader in Democratic Socialism and Social Policy, Institute of Applied Social Studies, University of Birmingham (speaking against the motion)
  • „„Prof. Jon Glasby, HSMC Director (chair)

Faced with a series of financial, demographic and social challenges, governments around the world are grappling with very difficult decisions about the future of their welfare services. In the UK, a key contribution to this debate has been made by Sir Julian Le Grand, Richard Titmuss Professor of Social Policy at the London School of Economics and a former health advisor to the British Prime Minister. One of many of Julian’s contributions has been to argue that greater choice and competition can be powerful tools for reform, potentially having more positive impact and fewer negative knock-on effects than other approaches (such as trusting front-line professionals to deliver a good service, relying on targets and performance management, or drawing on service user voice).

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ParliaMentors 2015/16 – Applications Now Open!

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Do you see yourself as a future community or political leader? Would you like to develop your skills through a fullyfunded, year-long programme? How often do you get the chance to be mentored by an MP?  
 
ParliaMentors is a UN Award winning leadership programme where teams of university students of different faiths and non-religious beliefs collaborate to create real social change while being mentored by a local MP.  
 
Through expert-led training, support from local and national NGOs and opening up access to Westminster, ParliaMentors gives students the networks and skills they need to affect real change in their communities, in their careers and in the political arena.  
On the programme, you will: 
  • See politics in action: Gain a unique insight into the political process while being mentored by MPs and Peers. 
  • Create social change: Work in mixed-belief teams to create social action projects with support from leading charities. 
  • Develop leadership skills: Learn through direct experience, expert-led training workshops and events. 
  • Build networks: Create new professional and personal links and join our 300-strong global network of young leaders. 
For more information and access to our online application form click here: www.3ff.org.uk/parliamentors  
ParliaMentors runs alongside the academic year, starting in September 2015 and running until June 2016. You must therefore be a current student next academic year to apply. The deadline for applications is Friday 27th March, but places are limited so apply as soon as possible  
 
This video also gives a great idea of what the programme is all about. 
 
If you have any questions that aren’t answered by our FAQs then please get in touch at mentoring@3ff.org.uk or call us on 0207 485 1350. 

Evaluating health policy reforms under the Coalition Government, 2010-2015

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When: 24 April 2015 (10am – 5pm)      Where: HSMC, University of Birmingham

Cost: £40 (per person, including lunch)    Key note speaker: Lord Philip Hunt

Despite the Conservative’s pledge in 2010 for `no more top-down re-organisations’, the Coalition reforms (2010-2015) have been described as a re-organisation you can see from space.’ These reforms have precipitated clinically-led commissioning, management cuts, and further provider competition, among others. Combined with demographic change, service developments and financial pressures, the past 5 years have been dramatic as any in the NHS history. This symposium will explore the implementation and emerging impact of these reforms, and consider future health policy under the new government.

To register and pay by debit/credit card, please use this LINK 

For any further queries please contact Bal Loyal, b.k.loyal@bham.ac.uk

PPE General Election Debates – Steven Brookes (UKIP)

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When: Thursday 12th March (17:30 – 19:00)     Where: Muirhead Tower Room 417

Steven Brookes – UKIP

The PPE General Election Debates are a series of student-led events which in the run up to the forthcoming elections in May 2015, bring together a range of different actors from across the political spectrum to discuss the importance and need for being both politically engaged and informed. Each event will include a talk followed by a question and answer where attendees will be invited to discuss the issues important to them.

Please register for this event

PPE General Election Debates – Lee Barron (TUC)

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When: Thursday 5th March (17:30 – 19:00)       Where: Muirhead Tower Room 417

Lee Barron – TUC

The PPE General Election Debates are a series of student-led events which in the run-up to the forthcoming elections in May 2015, bring together a range of different actors from across the political spectrum to discuss the importance and need for being both politically engaged and informed. Each event will include a talk followed by a question and answer where attendees will be invited to discuss the issues important to them.

Followed by wine and canapes

Please register for this event

PPE General Election Debates – John Blewitt (Green Party)

When: Thursday 26th February (17:30 – 19:00)     Where: Muirhead Tower Room 417

John Blewitt – Green Party

The PPE General Election Debates are a series of student-led events which in the run-up to the forthcoming elections in May 2015, bring together a range of different actors from across the political spectrum to discuss the importance and need for being both politically engaged and informed. Each event will include a talk followed by a question and answer where attendees will be invited to discuss the issues important to them.

Please register for this event

PPE General Election Debates – Andrew Mitchell MP (Conservative)

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When: 19th February 2015 (19:00-20:30)    Where: Muirhead Tower, 417

The PPE General Election Debates are a series of student-led events which in the run-up to the forthcoming elections in May 2015, bring together a range of different actors from across the political spectrum to discuss the importance and need for being both politically engaged and informed. Each event will include a talk followed by a question and answer where attendees will be invited to discuss the issues important to them.

(wine and canapes served from 6:30pm)

To register for this event click here