The Balance of Care Group


The Balance of Care Group - at a glance


We are a network of highly experienced independent consultants with skills and expertise in analytical, medical, social care, financial, training and research disciplines.

The Balance of Care Group is at the forefront of the development and application of whole systems techniques to planning and management issues across a wide range of client groups and health care settings - and particularly integrated care for older people.

We have extensive experience of working at all levels with health and social care professionals across and within different organisations and agencies. Our range of analytical, modelling and information management skills are used to great effect in improving strategic and operational processes; supporting service improvement and local leadership and decision making.

Our clients include national and local organisations in the UK and we have also worked overseas with the European Commission, WHO and the World Bank.

Contact Us

Telephone: +44 (0)7818 066653


Paul Forte

Tom Bowen

What's New

We are supporting a number of Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) and Commissioning Support Units (CSUs) in their new roles. This has included: supporting initiatives to develop outcomes-based commissioning of services for frail older people; identifying potentially avoidable readmissions to acute hospitals; and undertaking activity and clinical coding audits of independent providers operating under Any Qualified Provider contracts.

Paul Forte attended the 25th Annual Congress of the ALASS (a Latin-languages association of professionals involved in health systems analysis) in Granada, Spain, where he presented a paper in Italian on linking health service activity and workforce planning. Click here for English abstract and slides or here for Italian abstract and Spanish slides.

Following the success of our involvement as UK partners in the EU FP7 project Managed Outcomes we are currently seeking opportunities to work on applying the models and techniques developed during the project and are also involved with project partners in preparing papers for publications. Managed Outcomes explored the idea that efficiencies in health service processes can also support improvements in health outcomes for patients. Case studies of diabetes, stroke, hip replacement and dementia included surveys of outcomes reported by patients and carers. A summary slide presentation covering all of these can be found here. Scenarios setting out potential future service configurations and processes were informed by futures literacy workshops. We are pursuing this approach further with colleagues at UNESCO.

In Eastern Europe we have supported colleagues from Latvia, Belarus and other Baltic states in Project ImPrim – an initiative on primary care development across the Baltic sea region. We arranged study trips to the UK, analysed service patterns in the Baltic states, ran workshops and a summer school and moderated the final high profile ImPrim conference in Riga