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 was relaunched in 2016 and its focus 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 studied physics at university and gained a PhD for research into the oxidation of magnesium, but for more than fifty years my main research interest has been government planning and policy-making. My books include Government and the Planning Process (Allen & Unwin, 1976), on the planning of new towns and town expansion schemes in the 1960s, and Making Social Policy: The Mechanisms of Government and Politics and How to Investigate Them (Open University Press, 1997).

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. I parted company with the Panel when I came to realise that, despite its name, the Panel was never asked for advice, and when objection was taken to my posts on this website.

All posts here are my own responsibility, and the views expressed are mine alone. I do not speak for West Cornwall HealthWatch. 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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