This discussion paper looks at the factors that help and hinder success in a joint post and what local and national leaders can learn from this.
- Good joint working cannot be centrally mandated, but does need stronger national support.
- Joined-up services are not an end in themselves. They must be targeted at improving specific outcomes in that locality.
- Joint appointments, for all their advantages, also create new tensions.
- Enforced structural changes are counter-productive to joint working