Measuring outcomes in mental health services is complex and difficult, with professionals and service users often having different perspectives on the nature of mental illness and the role of services in addressing it. This challenge is considered in the King’s Fund's “Outcomes for mental health services – what really matters?”
Recent contributors include:
- Ruth Fry, Corporate Communications Manager at Perth and Kinross Council
- Professor John H. McKendrick, Glasgow School for Business and Society
- James Mitchell, Director of Academy of Government, Edinburgh University
- Paul Cairney, Professor of Politics and Public Policy at the University of Stirling and fellow of the Centre on Constitutional Change
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With the launch of London’s Ultra Low Emission Zone, this briefing looks at what is happening north of the border to improve air quality. By 2022, it is expected that LEZs will be in full operation in Aberdeen, Glasgow, Dundee and Edinburgh.
An NAO report finds employers in England have made only limited use of the available Apprenticeship Levy funds to support new placements, and that following the Levy’s introduction there was a large drop in apprenticeship starts. This briefing explains this finding and what DfE must do.
This month's round-up, originally published for English readers, includes the latest news on homelessness, permitted development, new housing permissions, and ongoing consultations.
Adverse childhood experiences have been described as “the biggest public health threat” we’ve faced in Scotland in decades. This briefing outlines what childhood adversity is, what can be done to improve outcomes, and what local authorities in Scotland are doing.
This briefing covers the "Strong and Sustainable Communities" category of the 2018 COSLA Excellence Awards - outlining the two winners and runners up.
Tackling illegal traveller sites has always been highly contentious for councils. The Home Secretary has set out draft measures to make it easier to remove travellers from English land they should not be on and also plans to consider making it a criminal offence to set up illegal encampments.
Millennials are set to make up 50% of the UK’s workforce by 2020 with Generation Z following close behind. This briefing explores these changes and looks at the ways in which local authorities can adapt in order to attract and retain younger talent.
There are lots of innovative projects going on across Ireland, and many are recognised in the Chambers Excellence in Local Government Awards. Here we take five winners from the 2018 awards to showcase what we can learn here in Scotland.
This Swift Read looks at how local authorities can include as wide a range of people as possible in engagement and consultation. It will be of interest to officers and elected members with an interest in community engagement and empowerment.