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Reimagining Place Based Health: A major new Commission from NLGN and Collaborate

NLGN and Collaborate are today launching a major new commission imagining the future of place-based health. Chaired by Lord Victor Adebowale, the Commission, will tackle the most challenging questions facing both the NHS and local councils today as they struggle with rising demand, reducing budgets and the changing demographics of their service users. Collaborate Managing Director, Sarah Billiald: "All too often terms such as ‘collaboration’ or ‘system integration’ are bandied about with little understanding of what this means in practice. By focusing on four localities across England, this Commission will get under the bonnet of these terms and help broker future approaches to place based health that are in the best interests of citizens not institutions."

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About us

Collaborate is an independent CIC focusing on the thinking, culture and practice of cross-sector collaboration in services to the public.


We care about outcomes and values, not sectors

Our work actively promotes services to the public that engage government, business and civil society, blurring traditional boundaries and prioritising outcomes over sector preconceptions


We support collaborative citizens

Our starting point is the voice of the citizen, family and community, and our approach will always look for ways to support their capability, independence and resilience.


We work with people who want genuine collaboration

Our clients and partners are people who want to collaborate to deliver better outcomes – we help them to make it happen through different thinking, culture and practice


We offer honest relationships, not pre-baked solutions

Our way of working is different – we believe that the best approaches are co-created; we work hard to convene networks, broker relationships and be ‘comfortable with uncomfortable’


We build readiness and unlock capacity

Our approach is to enable others to find their own solutions; we use independent evidence and diagnostic insight, then build capability in others to make delivery sustainable

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What we do



We use deliberative research to hold a mirror to systems, organisations and people, developing clear insights and uncovering evidence to support action by asking the right questions

Shared Space


We hold the tension inherent in all good collaborations by brokering relationships between individuals and across sectors, enabling collaborative problem solving



We help you do the dark work that builds collaboration, focusing on both behaviours and infrastructure, and working with both leaders and those operating across the system



We help you develop approaches that deliver against your collaborative ambition – through impact evaluation, performance incentives, and accountability frameworks

Our thinking

Latest thought leadership

Collaborative Capacity in Public Service Delivery: Towards a Framework for Practice

The global public services landscape remains in flux. In the aftermath of the biggest economic upheaval for generations, leaders around the world are raising profound questions about the role and purpose of government, and the scope and breadth of the public services provided to citizens. This discussion paper reflects primarily on the public service reform agenda in the UK, drawing lessons from a range of British examples to form the basis of a delivery framework that can be discussed, adapted and applied internationally.

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A New Funding Ecology for Social Change

This report, authored by Dr Henry Kippin, looks at the role of the funding community in addressing social change initiatives and the independent funding community. Collaborate, the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation and the Big Lottery Fund launched the report at a breakfast meeting for social funders on the 23rd of April, 2015.

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From Providers to Partners: What Will It Take?

Collaborate launched a new report, co-published with the Coalition for Care and Support Providers in Scotland (CCPS). This report, co-authored by Dr Henry Kippin and Rory Swinson Reid, examines the question of how to shift relationships between commissioners and providers into the territory of real collaboration. The answer includes a mixture of practical action

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Most popular reports

Managing Demand: Building Future Public Services

Managing Demand: Building Future Public Services explores the potential of Demand Management to address the unprecedented challenges of rising demand and changing demographics within a tough climate of fiscal constraints. This report was launched on 25 February 2014, with an expert panel of speakers including Sir Merrick Cockell, Chairman of the Local Government Association, Lord Victor Adebowale, Chief Executive of Turning Point, and Duncan Selbie, Chief Executive of Public Health England.

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‘From delivering services to collaborating for outcomes’ – Making Good

Collaborate's Executive Director Dr Henry Kippin contributes to the debate about the future of the voluntary sector in a full volume of essays, Making Good: the future of the voluntary sector, which was published by Civil Exchange on 10 November 2014. This report includes expert contributions from third sector leaders inclduing NPC's Dan Corry, Locality's Steve Wyler, and ACEVO's Sir Stephen Bubb about the current challenges facing the sector and creative solutions for its continued growth.

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Latest blog posts

Building a vision beyond five years

The oft-quoted Marmot review stated that 80% of causes of ill health are due to factors other than access to healthcare.  These broader determinants of health include income and social status, social support networks, education, physical environment, genetics and gender. The majority of these can lead to preventable demand on...

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New commission launched on future of health

The New Local Government Network (NLGN) and community interest company Collaborate have launched a new commission into the future of place-based health. Chief executive of social care charity Turning Point, Lord Victor Adebowale, will chair the commission, which will look at how the NHS and councils can improve health outcomes...

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Wednesday, July 29th, 2015 at 2:18pm
Is the future of the NHS place-based? If so, what does this mean? Contribute to our Commission with @NLGNthinktank
Wednesday, July 29th, 2015 at 2:15pm
Final Call for Evidence for 'Reimagining place-based health' Commission - deadline Friday!

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