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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:
  • Following the Annual NW ADASS Planning Workshop on 7th December we are putting the final touches to our 2017 Work Programme, Sector Led Improvement Regional Report and the Regional Account - These will be available early in the New Year.
  • An Occupational Therapist Practice Exchange has been arrange for 17th January 2017, further information is available below under the regional events section.
  • A conference on Keeping People Healthy, Well and Independent has been confirmed for the 26th January 2017, further details and how to register are available below under the Regional Events section.
  • NW ADASS and MIAA have partnered to host a conference on the 10th February: Health and Housing Making it Real, further details and how to register are available below under the Regional Events section.
  • We are currently developing the NW ADASS Regional Account which documents the regional SLI Programme over the past 12 months. 
  • Confirmed a partnership project with Yorkshire & Humber ADASS and Think Local Act Personal on supporting 'Working Carers' - for more information on how to get involved contact the Programme Office. 
Regional Events

NW ADASS Occupational Therapists Practice Exchange
17 January 2017, Bury Town Hall, Knowsley Street, Bury, BL9 0SY

Earlier in the year we held a workshop with managers of local authority occupational therapists and we agreed to hold a NW Occupational Therapy Practice Exchange, aimed at operational staff. The main aim of this session is to celebrate occupational therapy and encourage NW colleagues to share practice. We are yet to finalise the agenda but plan to focus upon:

  • Wigan’s example of integration across social care and prevention
  • A presentation from Health Education England on opportunities to work together with health.
  • Resources from Rochdale and Halton
  • Input from the College of Occupational Therapists on the launch of the report ‘Occupational Therapists; Improving Lives Saving Money. This report addresses how occupational therapists have helped reduce admissions to hospital.
  • The College have also launched the first two Care Act guides, Prevention and Wellbeing which are available here:  Two more should now be available on the Disabled Facilities Grants and Transitions, Custodial Settings, Employment, Training and Education.

To book a place on the event please click here

Residential Care: Keeping People Healthy, Well and Independent
26 January 2017, Leigh Sports Village, Sale Way, Leigh, WN7 4JY

Our NW Adult Social Care Improvement Board asked us to organise an event looking at our relatively high rate of admissions to residential care homes.
With the NHS in the NW we’ve agreed a great range of speakers to explore the contribution partners can make to keep people healthy and well in their own homes:

  • Lead NW Directors of Adult Services – focusing on our understanding of residential admissions in the region
  • William Roberts – Enhanced Health in Care Homes National Lead, NHS England
  • Martin Vernon and Dawn Moody – National Clinical Director and Associate National Clinical Director for Older People and Integrated Person-Centred Care for NHS England
  • Elizabeth Sargeant – Clinical Lead, Emergency Care Improvement Programme (ECIP)
  • Practical case studies from Rochdale and Oldham
  • Showcasing the SHREWD management system – a utilisation and demand management system being used by a number of CCGs across the South of England.

In the afternoon we will be running a range of workshops that give you the opportunity to explore a subject in greater detail. These workshops will be aimed at specific audiences and booking will be required in advance of the event. We will be running practical sessions that help give colleagues the tools to make progress in this area.

Click here to book your place now.

Health and Housing: Making It Real
Friday 10th February 2017, Manchester United, Old Trafford

This conference, in partnership with MIAA, is aiming to support professionals to learn from practical examples of change.  Housing is an essential element of the health and social care integration agenda.  This is an event for health and social care – particular aspects for local authority colleagues will include:
  • Opportunities for Health & Wellbeing Boards
  • Impact of housing related projects on Delayed Transfers of Care
  • Helping inform a regional response to changes to Local Housing Allowance and benefits reform
We’d be grateful if you could help circulate this invitation to any colleagues who may have an interest in this area.  We think social care commissioners, integration leads, and Health and Wellbeing Chairs and Convenors will find the day useful.

GM Devo: AHPs into Action Transforming health and social care in Greater Manchester
Wednesday 15th February 2017; 9.30am (for 10am) to 4pm; Museum of Science and Industry, Manchester

Following the success of the Greater Manchester devolution event in October the North West Centre for Professional Workforce Development is pleased to be holding a one day event on the role of the allied health professions (AHPs) in transforming health and care in Greater Manchester.
This free one day event will help attendees to understand priorities for transforming services in the region, and position them to inform, influence and lead change and improvement at a locality level. Confirmed speakers include:
  • Yvonne Rogers, Strategic Workforce Lead for Greater Manchester Health and Social Care Partnership.
  • Suzanne Rastrick, Chief Allied Health Professions Officer, NHS England.
  • Linda Hindle, Lead Allied Health Professional and National Engagement Lead for Police and Fire Services, Public Health England.
For more information and to book your place, please click here
National News

ADASS Seminar: Adult Social Care – What’s the evidence?
Thursday 2nd February 2017, London

RIPFA and ADASS are holding a joint seminar on the current pressures on adult social care, which means that now more than ever, is the time to look to the evidence of ‘what works’, in order to ensure that resources are used efficiently, and lead to a good experiences and outcomes for people who use services and carers.
This free day-long seminar is supported by The British Association of Social Workers (BASW), and will bring together ADASS members and senior academics to discuss current projects and future direction of adult social care research. The current programme and booking form can be found here

The State of Adult Social Care Funding

The Local Government Association (LGA) has revealed that two-thirds of people polled by Populus Data Solutions for the LGA believe a greater share of the total health budget should be spent on care for the elderly and disabled provided by councils, and published a state of the nation report into adult social care funding.

Press release: Social care should receive greater funding - LGA poll
Report: Adult social care funding: 2016 state of the nation report

The Challenge and Potential of Whole Systems Flow: Improving the flow of people, information and resources across whole health and social care economies.
Improving the flow of patients, service users, information and resources within and between health and social care organisations has a crucial role to play in driving up service quality and productivity.
If every organisation in each health and social care economy were able and willing to work collaboratively to design services that optimise flow, it could lead to major improvements in patient and service user experience and outcomes. A full copy of the report is available here

Reducing the Pressure on Hospitals
The College of Occupational Therapists have published a report on the value of occupational therapy in England. The report titled, Reducing the pressure on hospitals, can be found here

New NHS Improvement and Leadership Framework
This new document presents the first version of an evidence-based national framework to guide action on improvement skill-building, leadership development and talent management in NHS-funded services. The purpose of the framework is to equip and encourage people in NHS-funded roles to deliver continuous improvement in local health and care systems and gain pride and joy from their work. The framework applies to everyone in NHS-funded roles in all professions and skill areas, clinical and otherwise.

The document is directed primarily at the senior management teams of all organisations and systems that do NHS-funded work – from the smallest GP partnerships to the largest national organisations – to inform their decisions on developing people. It will be updated regularly, using feedback from people testing the framework.  A full copy of the framework is available here

Enhanced Health in Care Homes and Learning from EHCH Vanguards
NHS England are delighted to share a film, based on the learning from the Enhanced Health in Care Homes and the learning from the EHCH vanguards with you, which was launched today at The King’s Fund care homes event.  

Care homes film


The film highlights how the small ‘big’ changes they have put in place are making a real difference to the lives of residents and staff. The includes making better use of new technology, improving the support and training staff receive and working more closely with local voluntary and community groups.  They’ve also improved their connections with local NHS and care partners and increased the amount of time GPs and other primary care partners spend with residents.   NHS England will be promoting the film widely through social media and via the NHS England website ( They will also be tweeting from @NHSEngland, using the hashtag  #FutureNHS.


If anyone has any questions, please contact either William Roberts ( or Mandy Nagra (

NICE Annual Conference 2017 
What works? And how much does it cost? NICE 2017 will discuss the big challenges facing the health and care sector.
Keynote speaker just confirmed: Lord Prior of Brampton, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Health.
Core themes of the event:
  • Innovation: the future for life sciences and market access.
  • Affordability: sustaining services and investing in new treatments & technologies.
  • Transformation: collaborating to join up care.
 Book your place today!
Useful Information
  • NICE - Improving Health and Social Care through evidence based guidance
  • North West Employers Upcoming Events - View events for councillors, officers, administrators and front line staff to help improve current skills and grow new ones.
  • Quick Guide to supporting patients choices - This is one of a series of quick, online guides providing practical tips and case studies to support health and care systems.
  • 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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Wishing you all a Merry Christmas
and a 
Happy, Healthy and Prosperous New Year


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