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The Importance of Wellbeing

Here at BeeZee Bodies we really value the wellbeing of everyone we work with. On 10th October 2019, also World Mental Health Day, the Government published ‘State of the nation 2019: children and young people’s wellbeing’. We were pleased to see that one of the main findings was that the majority of (four out of five) children and young people are happy with their lives.

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Health Matters: Addressing the food environment as part of a local whole systems approach to obesity

The latest Health Matters blog; ‘Addressing the food environment as part of a local whole systems approach to obesity’ raises several important points about how we will reverse the rising trend of obesity in children, young people and adults in this country.

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Commissioning Series: #10 Using a ‘text-only’ procurement system

This is a prime opportunity to learn something about the potential providers that needn’t be missed by having a solely text-based system.

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Commissioning Series: #9 Procurement tools can be too blunt to determine nuance between providers

When putting out a very specific tender, it is likely that providers say very similar things in order to conform to the service specification. So, it is in the nuance, that you are likely to find reasons to commission or not commission a provider. Do the tools currently allow for this?

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Commissioning Series: #8 Clarity & purpose of KPIs is essential

Given the complexity of behaviour change in the context of the real, lived-experience, it is difficult to find KPI’s that can be collected easily that demonstrate the kind of change that is likely to elicit sustainable outcomes.

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Commissioning Series: #7 Scoring system is the key – obvious?

You will be wedded to this service for the foreseeable future, so it is important to get the scoring right so that the service that demonstrates the traits you are genuinely looking for wins the tender.

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Commissioning Series: #6 There is no incentive to admit mistakes

Failure should be a great opportunity to learn. The most progressive organisations are celebrating things that don't work because they are the greatest opportunity for improvement. But they have to exist in a culture that embraces it and doesn't penalise people for having the guts to raise important issues.

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Commissioning Series: #5 Finding out about past performance of providers – Get References!

There is something you can do as a commissioner to satisfy yourself that the providers can deliver what they say they will. Get references.

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Commissioning Series: #4 Practice Makes Perfect?

The most effective system of ensuring that key learning is not lost that I have encountered is from a colleague who kept a running diary – which I am calling a ‘playbook’ – throughout the procurement process they ran.

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Commissioning Series: #3 Clarification Questions and Request for Information

There is one method that can sometimes be overlooked or undervalued – the ‘Request for Information’ (RFI).

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Commissioning Series: #2 Legal Constrictions of Commissioning

The second in this series of blogs about commissioning behaviour change services is about the constriction that you can feel when commissioning. I want to stress that these blogs are a collection of personal experiences from being a commissioner and a provider, and from the numerous commissioners I have worked with over the years.

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Commissioning Series: #1 Limiting the word count: sensible practice or losing valuable information?

This blog is an overview, containing the drawbacks of limiting the word-count when procuring services. Unlike the rest of this series, this is exclusively from the perspective of a provider.

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The 10 top issues with procuring behaviour change services

Commissioning services is hard. See my top ten issues faced by commissioners in procuring public health services.

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It’s not just knowing what to do, but also knowing how to do it!

Behaviour change commissioning is asking for science only. What is missing is the art.

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Behavioural science needs a good dose of sociology to support lasting behaviour change

For over 5 years we have built behavioural economics into our programmes to help people make changes to their behaviour that work in tandem with their ‘real lives’.

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4 Reasons we are we working with dogs in public health contracts

Dogs are a good excuse to have to get outside and active. Meeting others who have the same goals and interests can mean you find new people and dogs to go for walks with and for social support generally. This is key to making lasting changes: Be part of a tribe!

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Building our latest intervention

Building an intervention is like starting a completely new business and can, and should be planned as such.

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It's World Obesity Day: Time to start talking (Part 1)

The focus this year is on reducing weight stigma, which is very topical at the moment with lots of talk about ‘fat shaming’ and weight related stigma in commonplace discussions around the world and in the media.

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World Obesity Day: It's time to start talking (part 2)

Welcome to the 2nd in my 2 part blog on World Obesity Day. The focus this year was about ending weight stigma.

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