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    Acute hospital beds in England are run at equivalent levels of capacity to prison places

Acute hospital beds in England are run at equivalent levels of capacity to prison places

Bed occupancy rates in acute and general hospital services are likely to climb well above 90 per cent by the end of the financial year. Simon Bastow examines the systemic effects of this on A&E performance, and finds that only very few hospitals can run continually high bed occupancy while maintaining A&E performance.

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    Open data sheds light on how universities are minority providers of commissioned research to government

Open data sheds light on how universities are minority providers of commissioned research to government

Anyone under the impression that universities are the dominant suppliers to government of commissioned research, advice, and knowledge, think again. Open data on government spending shows the relative dominance of other suppliers and mediators of knowledge to government – not least the private sector and think tanks. Simon Bastow presents some preliminary government-wide data.

This article was originally published on the Impact blog.

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Rehabilitation outcomes will be limited unless we resolve geographical imbalances in prison capacity

The National Audit Office (NAO) focused attention last week on the challenges of managing the prison estate in England and Wales. The report raises questions about how we reconcile running the estate at close to 100 per capacity while, at the same time, realizing the government’s Transforming Rehabilitation agenda. Simon Bastow explains inherent limitations involved in trying to do both. […]

Oakwood prison failure should serve as a lesson to government on how not to do radical reform

Yesterday’s report by HM Inspectorate of Prisons (HMIP) on Oakwood prison, run by G4S since April 2012, has shown how difficult it is to put the performance and culture of new prisons onto a positive footing. Simon Bastow writes about how the Oakwood case provides important lessons for government on integrating existing experience into radical reform. Usually when HMIP reports get […]

October 9th, 2013|Simon Bastow|0 Comments|

Local prisons improve rehabilitation outcomes by 3 to 4 per cent in 5 years

The much strengthened policy focus on rehabilitation in the Ministry of Justice (MoJ) in recent years has meant that there is now time-series data available on individual prison performance in reducing reoffending. At a time where as much analysis as possible is needed on how to calibrate and measure rehabilitation, Simon Bastow presents latest MoJ figures, and shows even marginal […]

‘Prison: the facts’…the values…and the grey areas of management discretion

Last week the Prison Reform Trust (PRT) and Bromley Trust released an innovative new ‘app’ for anyone interested in keeping an eye on the ever-persistent operational pressures on the UK prison system. ‘Prison: the facts’ is downloadable free through i-Tunes, and transforms the excellent Bromley Briefings for a digital-era audience. Getting more ‘facts’ about prison life out into the open […]

Payment by results in the prison system – challenges of calibrating success and failure

Last week the Ministry of Justice published its interim evaluation of the ‘payment by results’ (PBR) pilots at Peterborough and Doncaster prisons. Designed to test out how PBR might create sustainable mechanisms to reduce prisoner reoffending, the pilots can now tell us something about reconviction outcomes. The results, says Simon Bastow, are modest and hardly the stuff of revolution. Indeed, […]

The case for market testing our prisons

Yesterday’s report by the think-tank Reform makes the case for ‘market-testing’ all prisons in England and Wales. The implication is that many existing public sector prisons would not be able to compete with private sector competition, and a large number of public prisons would be transferred into private management. Simon Bastow finds that, as an exercise in ‘thought leadership’, the […]