Doug Forbes
Welcome!
My name is Doug Forbes and I am Director of Barony Consulting Group Limited.
If you would like to know more information about the services we deliver, or have questions/issues that you would like a confidential chat about, please contact me on: 020 8886 2462.

Barony Consulting Group is an independent management consultancy supporting organisations to deliver Public Services Better, Quicker and Cheaper.

Consisting of a core team of versatile consultants and over 130 specialist Associates we combine this substantial experience with superior analytic skills to provide an objective and very effective diagnostic service. We provide support throughout the change process taking a system based approach to service design and implementation. Barony has an excellent reputation for our Facilitation, Training and Implementation services in a wide range of applications in Health, Social work, Education, Revenues & Benefits, Customs, Housing and Maintenance.

Barony works at the forefront of current trends to develop techniques, improve business processes and introduce innovative solutions that enable performance improvement in the delivery of services wherever your organisation fits in the supply chain.

 

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Professional Services

At Barony Consulting Group Limited, we are delivering a range of services to clients both at home and abroad.
We can be contacted on:
+44 (0) 20 8886 2462.

Public
Sector
Private
Sector
Third
Sector
     
Management Support Consultancy Management Consultancy
Process Management Process Management
Commissioning and Procurement Commissioning and Procurement
Project Management Project Management
Lean Transformation Lean Transformation
Training and Development Training and Development
Commercial Bidding Support Commercial Bidding Support
Investigations Investigation

 

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Life After Procurement
New electronic book available;
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Achieving Commissioning Excellence
This published book is available;
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Life After Procurement
NEW Book available – see details below left

 
-Current Thought Leadership articles


LATEST: »Meeting the Challenge of the Care Bill – What about the £700bn Care Account Liability?
With the Bill in its final committee stages in Parliament, it is perhaps time to consider the step change resulting from this legislation, the financial impact and likely risks to Councils and the new governance structures available to handle these risks. To read more click here.

»Boost for Mutualisation.
The Cabinet Office has released a new procurement policy note 05/13 which contains information of interest to those considering forming mutuals or social enterprises. Currently, the position is that unless subject to an exemption or exclusion, most mutualisations will have to win their contract in competition. This represents a barrier in helping to form mutuals. To read more click here.

» CIPFA CJC Presentation. Has the penny dropped on social value? (10 slide presentation can be viewed here)

»Has the Penny dropped on Social Value?
What’s all the fuss about social value? Isn’t it just a few more tick boxes in our evaluation model which we have used for years? It’s not really going to make any difference to our inherent bias to select on lowest price. It only covers services and not products or works. After all, attaining social value just requires an indication of some non price benefits and is a sop to the Third Sector to try to award more contracts to them. There’s no need to think it through, review or change what we do. Or is it? We believe that much tender evaluation is myopic in its approach and the Public Services (Social Value) Act and Remedies Directives will be the catalyst for change. So what is social value? To read more click here.
 

» Social Value Revolution challenges Tender Evaluation Myopia (Or Has the Penny dropped on Social Value?)
What’s all the fuss about social value? Isn’t it just a few more tick boxes in our evaluation model which we have used for years? It’s not really going to make any difference to our inherent bias to select on lowest price. It only covers services and not products or works. After all, attaining social value just requires an indication of some non price benefits and is a sop to the Third Sector to try to award more contracts to them. There’s no need to think it through, review or change what we do. Or is it? We believe that much tender evaluation is myopic in its approach and the Public Services (Social Value) Act and Remedies Directives will be the catalyst for change. Read more...
 

» Building Capacity in Outcome Based Contracting
The Work Programme is the first large scale Outcome Based commercial contract to be pioneered by this Government. It however provides little incentive for the unemployed to gain skills as contractors are better encouraging claimants to become window cleaners and go for quick hits. The all or nothing payment has an effect in discriminating against some SMEs. Read more...
 

» Outcome Based Contracting and Payment by Results
It goes without saying that Outcome Based Contracting and Payment by Results should go together but the history in areas such as Health and Social Care is not so straightforward. A simple definition of an Outcome is Results. Outcomes are however usually high level and not suitable directly for contracting. For example, there are 8 Outcomes for adults in Health, one of which is ‘Being Healthy’. So does that mean being physically fit, mobile, disease free, sane and not addicted? So given the degree of subjectivity, how would an Outcome Based or results based reward system be designed? Read more...
 

-Barony Workshops


The following are our current workshops – A brief outline is featured below, with further details via the link. Please contact us if you have any questions.

1. 'Understanding Alternative Delivery Models including GOC's, Mutualisation and Intrapreneurship'

2. Transforming Procurement – Impact of the New 2014 Directives


1. Understanding Alternative Delivery Models including GOC's, Mutualisation and Intrapreneurship

To see the latest Workshop dates and Booking Form Click here


2. Transforming Procurement – Impact of the New 2014 Directives

Venue: LONDON – Holiday Inn, Bloomsbury, London
Workshop date: 3rd July, 2014

Click here for more details and Booking Form


 

Press release: UK reforms at risk