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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
Regional News and Events

NW ADASS Occupational Therapist Practice Exchange
10 March 2017, 10.00 am - 1.00 pm, Bury Town Hall
This event is open to Occupational Therapists and their managers in the North West of England. Particularly occupational therapist who are working in social care, with or within integrated teams.  For further information and to book your place, please click here 

Medical Assistant Training programme
Access to e-Learning for Healthcare now available to all care homes 
Health Education England e-Learning for Healthcare (HEE e-LfH) has now opened up free access for all care homes, including those in the independent care sector. More information  about HEE e_LfH and instruction on how to access the e-learning can be found here

Access to the E Learning for ‘Healthcare for Armed Forces’ including Veterans can be found  here

Measuring and Monitoring Framework Phase 2 : Care and Nursing Homes Workshop

2 March 2017, 8.30 am - 4.30 pm, Imperial War Museum, Manchester
The learning during the workshop will focus around telling the theory about the framework, showing how it has been used in practice, and letting the teams get hands on experience with applying the framework themselves. The delivery structure will be; 

  • Introducing the framework: From theory to practice
  • Learning from phase 1, how the framework has already been applied: Learning platform and speakers involved with testing the framework.  
For further information and to book your place please click here

Community Event: Different Communities, Different Experiences

16 March 2017, 10.00 am - 3.30 pm, Pakistan Multicultural Centre, Liverpool L8 2TF

This event will focus on the (black and minority ethnic) BME experience. Come and have your say!  To explore:

•          Your experiences and or views of services

•          Why treatment is different for people from BME communities

•          How to make improvements in mental health services for BME communities

For further information please click here or to book a place email Tel: 0151 708 7414

Commissioning Care Act Advocacy Research Report

In 2016, the Universities of Birmingham and Central Lancashire were commissioned by the Social Care Institute for Excellence to undertake a rapid appraisal of how advocacy was being commissioned in relation to the Care Act and to identify positive practice. Early studies examining implementation, had indicated that referrals were lower than expected and that many of those potentially eligible for advocacy under the Care Act were not benefiting from it. In December 2016, SCIE launched additional resources to support good practice in commissioning Care Act Advocacy, available here

A summary of the research from which this resource guide was developed is available here and if you would like a hard copy, please contact Evelina Balandyte

Recruitment and Retention of Newly Qualified Social Workers

North West Employers is supporting a number of Directors of Children’s Services who have jointly funded and developed an online Situational Judgement Assessment Tool to aid organisations in selecting and recruiting newly qualified social workers, an approach which can ultimately be expanded to other social work recruitment. For more information contact Pat Wilson
National News and Events

ADASS Care Apps Showcase - How to Register

7 March 2017 in Birmingham  Please click here to secure your place
The programme will be packed with
keynote and expert presentations, quickfire, case study presentations based on real life experiences, regular breakouts for roundtable discussion and networking.  Up to twelve apps selected from the online showcase will be also featured.
Invitation to HWB Chair and Vice Chairs Summit - Free Event
Join what promises to be a lively debate on 22 March 2017 at the LGA and NHS Clinical Commissioners Annual HWB chairs and vice chairs summit: “Local Leadership, Local Solutions” (Westminster) Speakers include Tamara Finklestein, Director General, Department of Health; Julie Wood, NHS Clinical Commissioners (NHSCC); Richard Humphreys, The King’s Fund; Jeanelle De Gruchy, the Association of Directors of Public Health (ADPH); and John Bewick, lead facilitator for our “Stepping Up to the Place” integration workshops.  To book a place email
CIPFA - Working with Care Providers to Understand Costs’ Guidance
Simon Williams, on behalf of the Resources and Commissioning networks, would like to draw your attention to an important document on understanding provider costs. This has been a collaborative piece of work between provider organisations, CIPFA, ADASS, DH, LGA and CPA.   It can be downloaded free of charge and is approved by the DH.

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.

LGA submission to the Treasury ahead of the Spring Budget

Press Release
Full response

Adult Social Care Market Shaping
Please see Adult Social Care Market Shaping from Department of Health to help people and organisations understand adult social care market shaping and how to take action.
Personal Social Services Research Unit : The Changing Role of Occupational Therapy Services in Social Care
This study was designed to create a mechanism for describing the role of occupational therapists and assistants in community settings permitting the identification of the principal components of the role, by service setting; evaluation of the influence of policy and practice changes; and data collection to establish the cost and resource consequences associated with different service configurations.
 Further information on the project outline, products and toolkits are available here
Technology Updates
Local Investment Programme: Transforming Care and Health through Information and Technology

The LGA is pleased to announce that a local investment programme will be launched later in February. Councils will be invited to bid for one-off funding of up to £50,000 for projects (to be delivered in 2017/18) that seek to use information and technology to improve adult social care outcomes and deliver financial savings.  The investment funding will be allocated following a competitive expression of interest process. If you would like to receive an email alert when the programme is launched on the LGA’s website, please contact: .

2017/18 Social Care Digital Maturity Self-Assessment (DMA)
In March 2016 the Local Government Association launched a Social Care Digital Maturity Self-Assessment (DMA) aimed at local authorities with social care responsibilities.  The DMA process was positively received and there has been support for a further Social Care DMA exercise to be available to councils in 2017. 
The LGA has undertaken a review of the 2016 DMA process, engaging with local authorities in order to identify potential areas for improvement. Key proposals for a 2017 DMA and the draft survey questions can be accessed below.
2017 DMA proposal
Draft DMA questions for consultation
In 2017 the LGA will be using the same tool as NHS England which will make it easier for local areas to understand provider and council digital maturity in their locality.  The LGA would welcome any feedback by 28 February 2017.  Please email any comments to or contact Nick Parker on 07770 645934 to discuss.

Collaborate & NHS Horizons Launch Management Demand Approach
Collaborate and NHS England's Horizons group have developed a new approach to managing demand management within health and care settings. Combining there expertise in demand management, collaborative innovation, flow science and organisational change, we have jointly created 'Collaborative Demand-Led Design' - a new methodology to change systems, services and outcomes.
They want to hear from NHS, local government and health system partners who are interested in knowing more, or would like to be one of our pilot sites for 2017.  
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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