The College of Policing has published draft guidance for police in handling people in mental health crisis, including advice on multi-agency working. Designed to encourage better cooperation between the police and other agencies, the guidance...

One adult with complex problems costs public services in Hertfordshire an average £36,500 a year. A county-wide partnership is now testing whether a new service model could reduce costs as well as improving people’s lives. Hertfordshire’s adults...

The radical shake-up of local authority services that has ensued since austerity bit has led to some pretty bold claims about savings. Councils' boldest offer, perhaps, was to slash up to £7.9bn from the national balance sheets- a claim based on...

Emergency services organisations respond to an extraordinary range of incidents and provide a very good service to local residents, yet they have traditionally done so with limited collaboration with other local organisations. This Public Sector...

Surrey firefighters are stepping in to help ambulance crews gain quick access to the homes of patients who are critically ill and unable to open their doors to paramedics. They have taken on a new role gaining entry to locked properties in medical...

The national lead working group on emergency service collaboration has welcomed the publication of research into joint working between blue light services up and down the country. The Emergency Services Collaboration Working Group commissioned the...

Julie Griffin, head of Co-operative Working at Stoke-on-Trent City Council, writes about the authority’s ambitious services redesign, which aims to improve lives through partnership and innovation Local authorities are having to find increasingly...