Welcome to spr4cornwall

This website was originally set up in 2009, and in its original form covered a wide variety of social policy topics. It has been relaunched in 2016 and its focus has been narrowed to health and social care topics, as you’ll see from the titles of the posts. I am particularly interested in how decisions are taken and put into effect, and ways in which the public can get involved in these processes.

My name is Peter Levin, and I live in east Penzance. I’ve had a varied career so far: I’ve researched into the oxidation of magnesium and the planning of new towns, and I taught social policy at the London School of Economics for 25 years, before reinventing myself as an adviser to students. My books include Making Social Policy: The Mechanisms of Government and Politics and How to Investigate Them and the best-selling Student-Friendly Guides (including Write Great Essays! and Excellent Dissertations!), all published by Open University Press. I settled in Penzance in 2005 with my wife, Gill, who has Cornish forebears. Feeling very much at home here – I reckon being Cornish is in part an attitude of mind, and one which I definitely share – I hope I can be regarded as a ‘transplant’ rather than an ‘incomer’.

I am on the committee of West Cornwall HealthWatch, a voluntary, independent campaigning health watchdog that has been serving West Cornwall since 1997. It monitors developments and campaigns to safeguard and improve services provided in West Cornwall by the National Health Service.

From June 2017 to January 2018 I was also a member of the Shaping our Future (SoF) Citizen Advisory Panel, set up by Kernow Clinical Commissioning Group in order to provide an independent view and critical friendship on matters relating to the SoF, which is the name given to the Sustainability and Transformation Plan (STP) for Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly.

All posts on this website are my own responsibility, however, and the views expressed are mine alone. I do not speak for West Cornwall HealthWatch or the Citizen Advisory Panel. To contact me about any of the subjects that I write about, please send an email to this address: peter.levin[@]spr4cornwall.net (without the square brackets, of course). I’ll be glad to hear from you.

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