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The following are announcements and commentary from the institute regarding issues in the news and new developments at the institute. The commentary represents the opinions of individuals in the institute and this is identified in the by line.

The Walk – A Mindful Audio Story

By Simon Bell

The Walk

Let the story sink in. When you are ready, here are the questions for you to consider:

Question 1. What is the main meaning of the story?

What message or core or essential meaning does the story hold for you? Can you set them free? There may be many meanings which occur to you but for now try to prioritise just one.

When you feel clear on this, hold it in your mind and read the next question:

Question 2. How is this meaning of relevance to you?

How does the story impact on your life and your challenges right now? Why is it important to you at this point in your life? What element emerges as being most relevant?

Again, give yourself time to think of your response and when you feel prepared try the next question:

Question 3. Think about what is the main value that you can draw from this relevance of the story. What does this value bring to the concern you identified earlier?

Don’t rush your response. Take time to think about the value. The word ‘value’ has connotations for us. What do we value and what of value is here? When you are set try this:

Question 4. What insight does the identified value provide for you?

Finally:

Question 5. What action might you engage with as a consequence?

Feel free to listen to the story several time and don’t expect instant results from considering a mindful story. The whole point is that the story can act as a gateway to another level. Give yourself time to let the ideas which come from the story settle down. Each time you reconsider you may get to a deeper level of meaning and this could result in new ideas.

I would be really pleased to receive your comments and thoughts.

Artwork © Rachel Furze

The Child – An Audio Mindful Story

By Simon Bell

THE CHILD

The Child

Let the story sink in. When you are ready, here are the questions for you to consider:

Question 1. What is the main meaning of the story?

What message or core or essential meaning does the story hold for you? Can you set them free? There may be many meanings which occur to you but for now try to prioritise just one.

When you feel clear on this, hold it in your mind and read the next question:

Question 2. How is this meaning of relevance to you?

How does the story impact on your life and your challenges right now? Why is it important to you at this point in your life? What element emerges as being most relevant?

Again, give yourself time to think of your response and when you feel prepared try the next question:

Question 3. Think about what is the main value that you can draw from this relevance of the story. What does this value bring to the concern you identified earlier?

Don’t rush your response. Take time to think about the value. The word ‘value’ has connotations for us. What do we value and what of value is here? When you are set try this:

Question 4. What insight does the identified value provide for you?

Finally:

Question 5. What action might you engage with as a consequence?

Feel free to listen to the story several time and don’t expect instant results from considering a mindful story. The whole point is that the story can act as a gateway to another level. Give yourself time to let the ideas which come from the story settle down. Each time you reconsider you may get to a deeper level of meaning and this could result in new ideas.

I would be really pleased to receive your comments and thoughts.

Artwork © Rachel Furze

Local Investment Programme 2017/18 final evaluation report – Transforming care and health through information and technology

Local Investment Programme Report Evaluation Local Government AssociationThe Local Investment Programme (LIP) 2017/18

By Dr Adam Hoare

Part of a NHS Digital funded Social Care Programme, focusing on improving digital maturity in the adult social care provider sector and using technology for better joint working between adult social care and the health sector.

Through LIP, the LGA offered £50,000 of funding to 19 councils to develop these various technology-based initiatives. The Bayswater Institute co-authored the final evaluation report with Traverse.

While the LIP projects did not always lead to immediate outcomes and cost savings, in some cases they formed the basis of applications for further funding for a wider scale digital intervention which could have clearer impacts. Most projects found it difficult to monitor and evidence outcomes and cost savings of their approach and local evaluations have been uneven in their depth and results.

The evidence this could produce is essential for project sustainability for example when applying for future funding to further develop projects or producing internal business cases. To this end, the programme could have provided projects with greater support to evidence the scope of their intervention.

However, significant learning from the challenges that have emerged throughout LIP have formed the basis of a Digital Toolkit to help councils who are starting a new digital transformation project. This toolkit provides a step-by-step guide to introducing a new digital service and covers:

  1. identifying the issue you are trying to solve
  2. designing your approach
  3. planning delivery
  4. delivering the service
  5. evaluating the success of the service including cost savings.

Additionally, learning from LIP has been built into future LGA and NHS Digital programmes, such
as the Social Care Digital Innovation Programme 2018-19 (SCDIP). The programme has been designed so that projects undergo a discovery phase prior to implementation to ensure that concepts and use-cases are tested, early challenges are overcome, and outcomes are effectively monitored.

Local Investment Programme (LIP) Final Report

Read the interim report here:

Transforming care and health through information and technology: Local Investment Programme – Interim Report