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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CHRONOLOGICAL LIST OF POSTS 2019-2016
The Royal Cornwall Hospitals NHS Trust is headhunting. Applicants should ask questions about its culture.
January 1, 2019
How a lack of teamwork at the Royal Cornwall Hospital contributed to the death of a child with autism
December 19, 2018
‘How patients’ stories improve health services’
December 19, 2018
How a lack of teamwork at the Royal Cornwall Hospital contributed to the death of a little girl with autism
November 29, 2018
‘Coco’s death also about the professionals’ lack of respect’
November 8, 2018
Health and Social Care: Cornwall doesn’t need an ‘Integrated Care Provider’
October 4, 2018
Royal Cornwall Hospitals NHS Trust update: With a new (interim) Chief Executive, could a change in culture be on the way?
August 11, 2018
Royal Cornwall Hospitals NHS Trust: Is one person able to do the Chief Executive’s job?
July 31, 2018
Learning from patient feedback: a case-study in NHS culture and practice
May 20, 2018
‘Hierarchical trust can’t claim credit’ (letter published in The Cornishman, 19 April 2018)
April 20, 2018
Credit where credit is due! So well done to everyone who helped turn round the situation in A&E at the Royal Cornwall Hospital, Treliske (Truro). Now the right lessons must be learned.
April 15, 2018
Six bungles and no funeral: The short life, unmourned death and high cost of Cornwall’s Sustainability and Transformation Plan for the NHS (SHORT REPORT)
April 10, 2018
Six bungles and no funeral: The short life, unmourned death and high cost of Cornwall’s Sustainability and Transformation Plan for the NHS (FULL REPORT)
April 10, 2018
Cornwall is to have Urgent Treatment Centres – so will Minor Injury Units disappear?
March 1, 2018
An Accountable Care System for Cornwall: Is ‘Shaping our Future’ now an exercise in empire-building?
January 22, 2018
Minor Injury Units: “Absolutely no decisions have been made …” Which means what, exactly?
January 15, 2018
NHS in Cornwall poised to close Minor Injury Units
January 3, 2018
Five kinds of nonsense are keeping a community hospital closed
October 4, 2017
Cornwall’s STP: Why we need to see what’s going on
September 12, 2017
Community hospitals under threat: Are decisions being taken on scrappy information and limited understanding?
August 7, 2017
Communications and engagement in health and social care: A cautionary tale from Cornwall
July 12, 2017
The STP engagement survey: What have we learned?
April 13, 2017
Cornwall councillors’ verdict on STP engagement process: ‘ill-conceived’ and ‘unprofessional’
April 5, 2017
An introduction to the design and use of survey questionnaires, for NHS and local authority managers
January 18, 2017
The STP survey: Why am I finding it so difficult to have my say?
January 17, 2017
NHS Kernow’s NHS 111 and out-of-hours questionnaire: not fit for purpose
January 17, 2017
An assessment of the STP: Health and Social Care at risk in Cornwall
January 10, 2017
How not to run a Health and Social Care Survey, as demonstrated by Cornwall Council and NHS Kernow
May 2, 2016
Involving the Public in NHS Commissioning: A Culture Clash in Cornwall
May 1, 2016