We produce ground-breaking studies into how devolved place-based approaches can practically transform the delivery of public services.

Our latest published reports

Laying the Foundations for Change

This report sets out the findings from a scoping exercise in support of the Ministry of Housing Communities and Local Government’s (MHCLG) commitment to developing its departmental strategy to address social isolation and loneliness. In particular, MHCLG were seeking to develop a toolkit for local authority planning and infrastructure staff that will assist them to make Prosocial places a reality.

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A Place for Prevention

Few would argue with the age-old axiom that prevention is better than cure, and yet it still remains the case that investment on prevention is significantly lower than that for treating illness. This report is the culmination of months of user engagement across two locations in the Kent and Medway footprint. It takes into account what prevention means from the top-down and the bottom-up. It provides the blueprint for how an entire county wide approach to prevention can be implemented through using this research as a case study.

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Trauma in Mind

Our understanding of trauma and the profound and lasting ways in which it can affect people’s lives is increasing, and there is growing awareness of the requirement to make services more responsive to the specific needs that traumatic experiences can create…

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Connecting People and Place: An action plan for addressing social isolation and loneliness in north Portsmouth

Breaking Barriers Innovations (BBI) and Health Education England (HEE) are leading a series of pilot projects on place and the social determinants of health across England.  The pilots seek to provide a facilitated and comprehensive approach to the place-based development and delivery of health and social care services that can address the social determinants of health and wellbeing.

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Somerset Playbook: Final Report and Action Plan

The Covid-19 pandemic is placing health and social care professionals across the world in unprecedented situations. In the UK, the NHS and local government have worked swiftly to reshape systems and processes to contain the infection and protect the most vulnerable within their communities. The pandemic now provides an opportunity to rethink not only how the health and social care workforce can effectively deliver services, but how to make these sectors better places for staff to work and particularly to encourage young people to consider careers within health and social care.

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Thinking it Through Report

BBI convened a Roundtable on February 14 2019, which was attended by a number of senior managers and leaders from across health and social care commissioning and service delivery. The aim of this Roundtable was to identify the key challenges facing mental health services, how these are being addressed, and what the vision for the future of mental health commissioning and provision looks like, in light of the NHS Long Term Plan (LTP) and the independent review of the Mental Health Act.

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Pathways, Place and Priorities for Digital Innovation Report

Breaking Barriers Innovations held a Roundtable discussion on 20th March 2019, the Roundtable provided an opportunity for decisionmakers in the NHS, Local Authorities and industry partners to explore the implications for digital technologies in light of the NHS Long Term Plan.

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Bridging the Care Gap Report

This report captures a Roundtable discussion on how health and social care leaders are attempting to bridge the care gap between an overburdened acute hospital sector that has seen exponential increases in demand and a care system that is struggling to cope.

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HOMES Report

This report draws the link between the relationship between health and housing and how the NHS and local authorities can work together to ensure both are addressed through integrated strategy, engagement with residents, workforce development and service transformation.

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