Ten design principles for place-based care

This report from The King’s Fund Place-based systems of care argues that providers of services should work together to improve health and care for the populations they serve. This means organisations collaborating to manage the common resources available to them rather than each organisation adopting a ‘fortress mentality’ in which it acts to secure its own future regardless of the impact on others. It provides 10 design principles for place-based systems of care.

What Works Scotland – Place-based partnering

Iriss are a national partner with What Works Scotland. WWS is an initiative with the aim of improving the way local areas in Scotland use evidence to make decisions about public service development and reform. They are working with specific Community Planning Partnerships involved in the design and delivery of public services. Involved are a whole range of partners and there is a very much place-based approach, as they focus on four specific case study areas – you can find out more about these here.

Collaboration Readiness: Why it matters, how to build it, and where to start

Collaborate has been developing projects to understand the linkages between creative thinking, systemic culture change and front-end delivery, and the role that cross-sector collaboration can play in supporting them. In October 2015 they published a report outlining a lot of their thinking and findings. Key to this was:

“Only 13% of UK citizens surveyed by Ipsos MORI for Collaborate feel a stake in shaping the public services they receive.  The report includes more brand new citizen survey data that shows the need for much greater cross-agency collaboration at a local and national level.”

This connected with us around how we feel a wide range of people should be co-creators and designers of services, right from the very start, and we want to insert this approach into the heart of our project.

Place-based approaches and the NHS

This paper by the Kings Fund links what the Total Place approach has meant for the NHS in England. It has a very service design feel and some lessons from particular areas. This summarises a conference held in 2010 and outlines some or the potential challenges that the NHS will be facing, some of the policy drivers, and also why a place-based approach could be appropriate in the future of health and social care.

JRF work in Bradford

In 2004, the Joseph Rowntree Foundation (JRF) made a ten-year commitment to work in Bradford, acting in partnership with others in the city. This report talks about some of the learning from that period of work and we have used it to plug in to our thinkin gof how to work effectively in  place-based way. See here for the full details.

Building Healthier & Happier Communities

This is a project that has been going in East Dunbartonshire. In this area SCVO has working with East Dunbartonshire Voluntary action, the local community health partnership, the council and local third sector organisations to tap into the ability of charities to help people lead healthier and happier lives. It has resulted in a whole range of collaborations and projects that you can see more about here.

Collaborative management of green spaces


This is a disparate partnership group that work together to design and run green spaces and parks. This is very much about collaborative design that makes the use of a physical space – it is based on people working together to make sure that the spaces they live in are accessible, appropriate and stand the test of time. Check out the details here.