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NW ADASS Programme Office
Here is just a small selection of some of the activities that the Programme Office is engaged with - if you would like to know more please contact Programme Office
  • Production of the Regional Account
  • Developing an infograph on achievements
  • Joint Occupational Therapist Event, more information and link to presentations below
  • Meeting took place to review the Risk Tool
  • Launched our Invitation to Tender for our NW Market Sustainability and Oversight Review
Legal Issues

Law Commission Recommendation on DOLS/Liberty Protection Safeguards

Please click here to three short summaries to support regional discussions about DOLS following the Law Commission recommendation to replace the law with a new scheme, called the Liberty Protection Safeguards.

Disabled Man Loses Care Act Breach Case in High Court

The claimant had challenged Oxfordshire’s decision in 2015 to reduce the personal budget and revise his support plan under the Care Act – reducing the personal budget from £1600 to £950 a week.  The reduction was based on increased time spent alone by the claimant and reduced rates of pay offered to the PAs. The Court ultimately dismissed all seven grounds of challenge, and in doing so gave detailed guidance on various matters.

The judgment has wide implications for all those involved with Care Act assessments, provision and funding decisions, as well as those involved in judicial review challenges to such decisions. 
Full judgement available here
Weightman's briefing available here

Regional News and Events

MIAA’s Annual Health Check on the State of NHS and Social Care (in partnership with NW ADASS)

Friday 7th April 2017, 9.30am – 1.00pm, The Lancaster Suite, Haydock Park Racecourse

Highlights from the programme include;

Under Pressure – Is the NHS Sustainable?
A View from Social Care – Funding a Healthy Future
The Financial Performance and Productivity of Providers – is there anywhere else to go?

For more information please click here

Learning from Buurtzorg : 1 March 2017

Buurtzorg is a Dutch healthcare organisation that has pioneered a new model of care for district and care home nursing. Consisting of many small locality-based teams, their model focuses on addressing the whole of a patient’s needs and promoting choice and independence to help aid recovery.

This was an exciting chance for delegates to learn from the team behind this leading care system, and explore some of the challenges and implications for delivering this model within an English health and social care setting.

The presentation is available to here and AQuA have created a Storify based on the Tweets.
The video of Jos that was shared can be found here

NW ADASS Occupational Therapist Practice Exchange : 10 March 2017

Following on from a workshop held in 2016 with managers of local authority occupational therapists asked for an event to be arranged to share information and explore opportunities for collaboration.  The event took place on 10 March 2017 and the presentations from the event are available here



Case Study: Rapid Clinical Assessment Team

Halton’s Rapid Clinical Assessment Team (RCAT) aims to support older people to remain at home during periods of acute illness, and prevent avoidable admissions to hospitals and the Accident and Emergency department. Utilising existing health and social care community services within the area, Halton Borough Council has created a multi-disciplinary team of health and care professionals to support patients at home. This team includes registered nurses, advanced nurse practitioners and a Care of the Elderly Consultant physician, who provide expert clinical assessment and examination, diagnostic testing and management in patients’ homes.

Since its implementation in April 2016, the service has provided high-quality multi-disciplinary care at home and has resulted in a reduction of 76 non-elective admissions over its first six months of operation; this has resulted in an indicative saving of £211,736.

Following this initial period, the team examined two GP practices that used the RCAT the most; over a six month comparison period, there has been a drop of over 70% in referrals to acute settings for patients over 75.

Going forward, the team will continue to raise awareness of the RCAT in order to increase referrals from local care housing providers and urgent care centres. 

More Local Authority Case Studies can be found here

National News and Events

Spring Seminar 2017 – Bookings now open
8-10 May 2017Yarnfield Park Conference Centre

This is a closed seminar for members only, who will have received a personal invitation containing instructions on how to book on.


The Housing Learning and Improvement Network (HLIN) has flourished since its launch in 2011. It  brings together housing, health and social care professionals in England and Wales to promote and develop innovative housing solutions for older and disabled people.  The Housing LIN has over 40,000 subscribers nationally and aims to:

  • Connect people, ideas and resources to inform and improve the range of housing choices and at home services that enable older and disabled people to live independently
  • Raise the profile of specialist and mainstream housing to encourage positive responses from funders, developers, commissioners and providers to plan, design and build effective solutions that best meet the housing needs and aspirations for people in later life
More information at:

Endorsed by the Department of Health and ADASS, the SHOP@ website developed by the Housing LIN in partnership with the Elderly Accommodation Counsel has become the analysis tool of choice for authorities, providers and developers to review future needs and prioritise investment decisions. You can find out more about SHOP@ Here

Prevention and Wellbeing

The development of preventative approaches and those which promote independence and wellbeing have gained importance since the implementation of the Care Act 2014. 

Prevention and encouraging people to be more proactive about their health and wellbeing is also central to the vision of the NHS Five Year Forward View.

SCIE’s resource aims to inform the case for commissioning prevention services in adult social care through highlighting examples of good practice across England together with recent prevention-related research.  See here for further information.

ESSC celebrating 25 years of European cooperation in Valletta next June – and we’ve just welcomed our 100th delegate to join in the celebrations!  Don’t miss out on our special 25th anniversary edition, bringing together all those of you with an interest in improving social welfare for the future.

Register now
        National AMHP Leads Network Conference        
10 July 2017, 10.30 to 16:30, Indian YMCA, 41 Fitzroy Square, London W1T 6AQ

  • CQC focused visits: experiences of services
  • Changes in legislation: impact on AMHP services
  • Service models and ensuring sufficiency of AMHPs
  • AMHP competencies and approvals

For further information and to book your place, please click Here

ADASS Seminar: Adult Social Care - What's the Evidence

ADASS recently held a seminar with Research in Practice for Adults (RiPfA) sponsored by The British Association of Social Services (BASW), to discuss current projects and future direction of adult social care research with senior academics and ADASS members. During the day, delegates were asked their thoughts on what they considered the pertinent questions that researchers might look into. The summary of those questions can be found on here.

Please see the latest media report for ADASS here

RIPFA Research and Policy Updates

Research in Practice for Adults (RiPfA) have published their February research and policy update for readers of the ADASS bulletin which can be found here

LGA Support Offer – Transforming Care and Finance

The LGA is working at both the national and regional level to support discussions around the financial flows for the Transforming Care programme. You can find out about the work going on and the support that is available here
Adult Social Care Precept Conditions Letter

Please see letter from the Department for Communities and Local Government about the conditions relating to the adult social care precept.
National Mental Capacity Forum Annual Report

The National Mental Capacity Forum have published their Chair’s Annual Report 2016, to view the report please click here

Personal Social Services Research Unit (PSSRU)

 ‘Optimising the Provision of Health and Social Services for Older People'

This is a guide to using the Balance of Care Approach for service planners, providers and commissioners. It consists of five items: A written pdf handbook; two versions of an electronic toolkit (one for inpatient care and one for long term care settings) and two completed example versions of the electronic toolkit (one for inpatient care and one for long term care settings). 

Also available is A handbook for Service Planners, Providers and Commissioners

Technology Updates


Learning Matters Calling Digital Innovators

The Innovation Agency is pleased to announce their sponsorship of a regional award for 2017 to celebrate all aspects of digital innovation in healthcare.  This sponsorship is part of a commitment to a new regional learning campaign and awards programme Learning Matters. Learning Matters has been developed by Health Education England (HEE), the workforce development arm of the NHS and it is led by Voluntary Sector North West (VSNW) the voluntary sector infrastructure agency for the region. The Learning Matters campaign partnership straddles the public, private and third sector bringing people together. It is all about working better together by effectively sharing knowledge and increasing understanding. 

Press release available

Your digital stories and nominations can be told using any relevant Learning Matters award nomination category See Here  Nominations are open until 12 noon on 10 April. So we need you to nominate brilliant people and brilliant ideas now!


Citizen Online Briefings

Funded by the Department of Health, the Local Government Association (LGA), Association of Directors of Adult Social Services (ADASS) and Society of IT Management (Socitm) are publishing a series of short, easy-to-read briefing notes to support digital adoption across local health and care economies.

Building on sector-tested themes and drawing on relevant examples from Adult Social Care and beyond, the next two publications in the series Online tools within a needs assessment process and Online social care financial assessment have been produced with contributors including the Department of Health, the National Association of Financial Assessment officers (NAFAO) and a number of exemplar councils from across Local Government. These will appeal to areas keen to develop local solutions where digital may play a role in delivering better services.  

Both briefings provide practical information for Local Government and partners to deliver efficiencies and manage demand whilst critically, improving outcomes.  To view the suite of briefing notes, please click here

Local Digital Roadmaps : Update

NHS England have now published the majority of Local Digital Roadmaps from across the country. The Local Digital Roadmaps can be found here which also sets out the current list of CCGs, providers, Local Authorities, and Health and Wellbeing Boards.

Data Sharing and Public Benefit Project

Involve have announced a new project, being developed in partnership between Involve, the Carnegie UK Trust and Understanding Patient Data at Wellcome, which is designed to build a better understanding of how different groups (government, civil society and advocacy groups) make sense of, and balance, the trade-offs inherent in data sharing; specifically between public and individual benefit, and privacy and security. 

They are looking for up to six local authorities who are interested in reflectively engaging on data sharing issues with local stakeholders, who can provide help with venues and are willing to participate fully in the workshop and research.

Please use links for more information:
Information sheet

Involve blog post
Partner Information
North West Employers - Offer a range of developmental events for all staff across the workforce; councillors, leaders, managers, officers, administrators and front line staff to help improve current skills and grow new ones.

SCIE - Accredited training, consultancy, research and resources for the social care and health sectors from independent charity and improvement agency, the Social Care Institute for Excellence

NICE - Improving Health and Social Care through evidence based guidance

Developments in Adult Social Care Bulletin - These bulletins contain brief details of news, research reports, journal articles and government policy in relation to Adult Social Care.

AQuA Events - AQuA are a NHS health and care quality improvement organisation at the forefront of transforming the safety and quality of healthcare.

MIAA Events - Keeping their clients informed on emerging governance and wider policy developments.

iNetwork - iNetwork’s vision is to help local public service organisations to “collaborate to innovate” and thereby provide effective support for their users, patients and communities
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