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Fuse/Centre for Partnering joint event

  • Venue: Zoom video conference platform
  • Start: Thu, 27 May 2021 10:00:00 BST
  • End: Thu, 27 May 2021 12:00:00 BST

The future of commissioning public services in local government: a relational approach to collaboration and partnership

Joint Fuse Research Programme Meeting with the Centre for Partnering #FuseRPM

Partnering is central to public policy, the public sector does not itself deliver all public services but relies instead on the capacity, capabilities, experience and expertise of the private and third sectors to build infrastructure and to deliver services.

The Centre for Partnering Group (CfP) was founded to improve the way in which public, private and voluntary sectors partner with each other. The focus of the CfP’s work is in the field of ‘relationalism’- that is putting the need to form relationships first and sometimes ahead of those legal, financial, social, political and economic factors that influence partnering outcomes.

Partnering is also central to Fuse, the Centre for Translational Research in Public Health, and is a core plank of its research strategy. This strategy has increasingly focused on local government and how to work in co-production with local policy and practice partners to inform commissioning of public services. Fuse signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Centre for Partnering in December 2020.


This event aimed to bring together members from Fuse and the Centre for Partnering to implement the MoU.

Proposed format

This event provides an overview of the Centre for Partnering and its work in defining ‘relationalism’ within the frameworks of Sustainable Development Goals and Social Determinants of Health. The meeting also offers reflections on collaborative research with local government in Fuse. Participants joined discussions on how best to link Fuse members with the CfP’s working groups by identifying cross-cutting themes and opportunities for developing these themes into collaborative projects.

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Event leads:

  • Prof Adrian Bonner, Centre for Partnering
  • Peter van der Graaf, Teesside University/ Fuse
  • Prof Joyce Liddle, CfP- Regionalism Group
  • Prof John Shutt, CfP- Regionalism Group
  • Dr Richard Simmons, CfP- Research lead
  • Prof Richard Smith, Centre for Partnering

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