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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:
  • Currently developing the outline plan for the regional Work programme for 2017
  • Convened a meeting with organisations with an interest in health and Social Care Integration to explore areas for collaboration 
  • Launch the new NW ADASS Website - see more below
  • Festival of Strengths - see more below
  • Production of the NW ADASS Balanced Scorecard - see more below
  • NW ADASS, Y&H ADASS and TLAP hosted a successful event: Next Steps for Personalisation. Over 70 delegates attended the conference to discuss challenges and how we can work together more closely across the regions and with our partners. A detailed write up will be available in next month's edition of the newsletter.  Presentations and videos used at the event are available here. 

NW ADASS Website
NW ADASS are pleased to officially launch our website which sits within the Improvement Hub of NW Employers. The website is a central repository for all the current work of the NW Branch whilst also linking to other useful information provided by our stakeholders and partners.

You will see that there are a number easy to follow tabs which can be used to access a variety of information, on the activities of the Executive Board, SLI Board, Branch, Programme Office, Workstreams and Events.

NW ADASS has a variety of workstreams who each have their own section which provides an overview of their activities, along with links to specific documents.

We hope that you find the website useful and if you have any suggestions, events, other information that you would like to see on here please contact the 
Programme Office
NW ADASS Planning Workshop (attendance is by Invitation only)
As part of the regional planning process for 2017, a workshop has been arranged on 7th December.  The workshop is an opportunity to shape the regional programme for 2017 and agree a set of strategic objectives to which the NW ADASS Branch can channel its capacity, energy, expertise and available resource.  The workshop will provide colleagues with an opportunity to explore the data through our Balanced Scorecard, take account of local, regional and national challenges/issues and understand the high priority risk areas with information taken from the CHIP Risk Awareness Self-Assessment process.  The workshop will allow colleagues to have challenging conversations and shape the regional programme for 2017.
The Programme Office will provide an update on the agreed future programme in the New Year.

North West Balanced Scorecard
The first phase of the Balanced Scorecard has been shared with Excellence Board members, SLI Board members and workstream leads.

The Balanced Scorecard is a dashboard that reports on key performance measures, and is at the heart of the North West Sector Led Improvement programme.  Measures within the document focus on a wide range of Adult Social Care areas, such as: ASCOF, Safeguarding and DoLS, the quality of our external providers, the Adult Social Care workforce in the region, finance measures on how much we are spending on Adult Social Care, region wide risks and culture of Sector Led Improvement in the North West.

Each Local Authority will have access to it so they can understand their position in terms of the North Wests performance, but also how they compare to the national and other regional averages.  It also highlights how the North West as a region compares to the national average, and whether our performance is improving year on year.
If you have any questions regarding the NW ADASS Balanced Scorecard contact the Programme Office.

Festival of Strengths: 15 November 2016

NW ADASS and NW Employers collaborated on this hugely successful event which was attended by over 160 people.  The presentations from the event are below and the write up from the event will be added to the website shortly.
Angela Osei, Project Manager, GM H & SC Partnership – GM Health and Social Care Partnership : Asset Based Approaches
Ann Norleigh Noi, Strategic Planning & Development Lead, Bury CouncilWe are all the same ….. Different
Caroline SpeirsThink Local Act Personal (TLAP)
Cormac RussellFestival of Strengths
Paul Taylor, Innovation Coach, BromfordManager/Not/Allowed
Julie Webster, Head of Public Health, Wirral Council – Listen to Communities
Mike Brogan, Osco Homes LimitedProcure Plus
Stuart Cowley, Director Adult Social Care & Health, Wigan CouncilThe Wigan Deal
Alex SmithNew challenges, New Solutions, Case Study : The Carers Family
Vincent Fraga & Jo Lancaster, Services to People, Stockport CouncilStrength Based Commissioning for Prevention
A selection of photographs from the event are available here

New online services available for West Cheshire patients

The West Cheshire Way vanguard has launched a new  'Own Life' campaign which is encouraging people to take an active role in their own health and to help family, friends and the local community to do the same. The vanguard is also trialling a new online service with a number of GP practices in West Cheshire. The service is giving patients access to advice and treatment from a GP without having to leave their homes.  
Case Studies and Best Practice
NW ADASS Visit to Wakefield Vanguard
On 1st November a small group of colleagues visited Wakefield to learn about their work within the NHS Vanguard programme.  Wakefield are one of the Enhanced Health in Care Homes Vanguards.  The project aims to tackle loneliness and fragmented care by joining up services for older people in supported housing and care homes.  GPs, health workers and specialist voluntary workers will be involved in making sure residents in care homes and supported living schemes have their health and social care needs met and are helped to make use of activities in their local community.  A case study can be found here:

Our meeting was very useful and we will be hoping to involve Wakefield in a future NW event.  It was interesting to hear the participants talk about the human aspects which weren’t necessarily covered in NHS England case study write ups.  Where progress was being made it rested on particularly committed and skilled staff taking the time to persuade care home staff to engage.

If you need more information or have any questions please contact the Programme Office and we will put you in touch with the relevant person.

If you have any case studies or good practice that you would like to share with colleagues, please get in touch with the Programme Office to reserve a place in this section.
Regional Events
Commissioning Advocacy under the Care Act, Twitter Chat, 1 December, 4pm - 5pm
The new SCIE briefing on Commissioning of Advocacy under the Care Act, being launched on 1st December.  SCIE are having a Twitter chat as part of the launch activity and would like to invite you to take part on Wednesday 1st December 4.00 - 5.00pm. The Hash tag to take part is #careactadvocacy.
The briefing  is based on a research study, undertaken by the Universities of Birmingham and Central Lancashire - and funded by Department of Health.  It expands SCIE’s publication; Independent advocacy under the Care Act 2014. The briefing will be available  on the SCIE’s website from 9.00am 1st December.
SCIE have held successful Twitter chats before and the one on 1st December will be used to discuss advocacy under the Care Act, to celebrate good practice and to share learning of people’s experience of  commissioning, providing and receiving advocacy.  SCIE will pose questions on the day. 

For further information please contact Pete Fleischmann, Head of Co-production, Social Care Institute for Excellence

Learn to Care National Conference
10.00 - 4.00, 12 December 2016,  Cunard Building, Brunswick Street, Pier Head, Liverpool, L3 1ES
This event is organised and funded by Learn to Care, the professional organisation for local authority workforce development leads in social care, supported by colleagues in Liverpool City Council who have made an excellent venue available for the day. It is aimed at workforce development leads, principal social workers and others who have a responsibility for recruitment, retention, skills and development of the social care workforce. We invite you to come along to hear from a range of speakers and participate in workshops, discussions and other activities which focus on ways in which people are being and can be innovative and creative in their workforce development and planning.   To book a place on the conference please click here 
National News

HSJ Inquiry into Maximising the Contribution of NHS Non-Clinical Staff
HSJ have just published a short report into maximising the contribution of NHS non-clinical staff available here.  
Local government are now seeing all of its employees as not professional or non-professional staff, but simply… “staff”, the report touches on this.  In one roundtable discussions on savings through integration where seen as predominantly across NHS organisations and sharing back office functions, rather than with the LA. 

ADASS & Department of Health Seminar on Integration 21 October 16
The event brought together ADASS members and Principal Social Workers together to articulate the critical value that social work brings to integration so as to support the narrative around integration development. The event hosted by Lyn Romeo, Chief Social Worker Adults, Department of Health.
The event looked at key roles within the social work profession and brought to life the values of social work and the unique role that social workers bring to an integrated setting.  
Speakers included:
Dr Adi Cooper, ADASS Safeguarding Co-Lead
Stephen Chandler, ADASS Mental Health Co-Lead
Sean McLaughlin, ADASS Learning Disability Co-Lead
Mark Trewin, Bradford PSW
Rob Mitchell, Karen Cook and Mark Harvey- Adult PSW network chairs
The combined presentations are available here

NICE : Social Care Quick Guides
In collaboration with The Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE), NICE have developed Quick guides on two Social care topics - Home care, and Oral health in care homes. These summarise key points of guidance, and signpost relevant resources.

NICE are seeking feedback on the developments users would like to be included in the Quick guides for future topics. The guides are available both as print-friendly version (PDF) and as a web page, and are available from the website

Please could you provide any thoughts or comments through the short surveys below. Feel free to circulate to anybody you think would be interested in taking part. Home care survey / Oral health for adults in care homes survey

New Guide Support - Patient Centred Care
As part of the NHS England funded Realising the Value initiative, Nesta and The Health Foundation have published a new guide. Spreading change: A guide to enabling the spread of person and community-centred approaches for health and wellbeing, provides a range of methods and tools which organisations can use to support people to take a more active role in their own health and care.  

Useful Information
  • 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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