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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 Janet Appleton
  • Applying finishing touches to the NW ADASS SLI draft workplan and recommendations and NW 2017 ADASS Workplan
  • Drafting the Annual Regional Account, with input from all 23 local authorities.
  •  Working Carers Programme in collaboration with Think Local Act Personal and Yorkshire and Humber ADASS, further information below.
  • Health Housing event in collaboration with MIAA, further information below.
  • Buurtzorg event in collaboration with MIAA, Aqua and iNetwork, further information below.
  • Assisting with a Train the Trainer event on social work practice with people experiencing controlling and coercive behaviour. 
Regional News and Events
New Year’s Honours
NW ADASS would like to offer congratulations to Terry Dafter, Care and Health Improvement Advisor North West, Joint Chair ADASS Informatics Network, who received an OBE in the Queen’s New Year’s Honours.
Keeping People Healthy, Well and Independent: 26 January 2017
Following a request from our NW Adult Social Care Improvement Board to organise an event looking at our relatively high rate of admissions to residential care homes we organised this conference.    NW ADASS delivered this hugely successful event which was attended by 120 people from across all regions and public sector organisations.   The presentations from the event are available here

Supporting Working Carers Project
NW ADASS, TLAP and Yorkshire and Humber ADASS are launching the Supporting Working Carers Project. This is the first initiative where the three organisations have collaborated and we are delighted to be working in partnership on this important project.   The aims of the project are to;

  • Raise the profile of working carers in the regions, the difficulties they encounter and the impact this has on them, their families, employers and the economy.
  • Develop evidenced based approaches to supporting working carers which will enable them to remain in employment and continue with their caring role.
  • Promote the positive outcomes which can be achieved through the provision of appropriate support to working carers and the business cases for businesses to support their working carers
  • Provide solutions which will assist in culture change and promote positive attitudes towards working carers by employers, including the health and social care sectors
For more information please contact the Programme Office.

NHS England: Integrated Discharge Teams
NHS England and partners have published a series of quick guides to support local health and care systems. The guides provide practical tips, case studies and links to useful documents, which can be used to implement solutions to commonly experienced issues.  NHS England are currently developing a quick guide around Integrated Discharge Teams and a colleague from Trafford has agreed to attend to ensure the NW is represented.  The quick guides can be found here

Health and Housing: Making It Real
Friday 10th February 2017, Manchester United, Old Trafford
NW ADASS are working 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.  
For more information and to book your place please click here

Learning from Buurtzorg 
9 March 2017, 9.00 am - 4.00pm, Hotel Football, 99, Sir Matt Busby Way, Manchester, M16 0SZ

NW ADASS are working with AQuA, MIAA and iNetwork on an interesting thought provoking event exploring the Buurtzorg community nursing model.  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 is an exciting opportunity 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.  To book your place please click here

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.
For more information and to book your place, please click here
National News and Events

LGA Housing Commission Report
The Local Government Association (LGA) has published its Housing Commission's final report, Building our Homes, Communities and Future, setting out findings, conclusions and recommendations.

Cultural Change and Leadership - for local authority elected members (health), CCG lay members and NHS trust NEDs : Tuesday, 31 January 2017 from 10:00am to 2:00pm
Leadership is the biggest influence on culture, and collective leadership is the key to creating cultures that give employees working across the system the freedom and confidence to act in the interests of patients, service users and citizens and support sustainable operational and financial performance. For more information and to book your place, please click here

ADASS Seminar: Adult Social Care – What’s the evidence?
Thursday 2nd February 2017, London
RIPFA and ADASS are holding a joint FREE 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.  The current programme and booking form can be found here

DoH Name Social Worker Pilot

The Innovation Unit has published a report on the Department of Health Named Social Worker pilot. The Department of Health has initiated the pilot and has asked the Innovation Unit and the Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE) to work with six sites to develop, implement and evaluate a Named Social Worker for people with learning disabilities, autism and mental health needs. Liverpool is one of the pilot sites, along with Sheffield, Camden, Hertfordshire, Liverpool and Nottingham. Further information is available using the links below.
Report: Department of Health Named Social Worker baseline report
Article: Six councils pilot 'Named Social Worker' scheme

CQC Consultation: Our next phase of regulation
CQC are consulting on its approach to regulation, including new models of care and complex providers, and the registration of services for people with learning disabilities (see Annex B). You can find the consultation documents here. The closing date for responses is 14 February 2017.

NHS England - Free Online Improvement Course

NHS England is running a new and innovative open online course (MOOC) in the principles of health and care improvement. The course is called Improvement FUNdamentals and has been developed by NHS England’s Sustainable Improvement Team in Partnership with Jönköping Academy and Qulturum in Sweden. The course is free and entirely self-paced. The course is available at If you have any queries please email

Suicide Prevention – Health Committee Interim Report

The Health Committee have published an interim report from its inquiry on suicide prevention. They have made recommendations about the ‘Information sharing and suicide prevention - Consensus statement’ that was published in 2014 and signed by ADASS.  

Quality standard for transition between hospital and community or care home settings

The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) has published a quality standard on the transition between inpatient hospital settings and community or care home settings for adults with social care needs. NICE quality standards are a concise set of prioritised statements designed to drive measurable improvements in the 3 dimensions of quality – safety, experience and effectiveness of care – for a particular area of health or care. Further information is available using the link below.
Quality standard: Transition between inpatient hospital settings and community or care home settings for adults with social care needs

Launch of Transforming Care Empowerment Films
The Transforming Care empowerment steering group have worked together with the Local Government Association to develop a number of short films about what being empowered means to them. Members of the empowerment group are all experts by experience with a learning disability and/or autism, or family members and all have experience of long stays in hospital, or have family members with experience, but are now leading good lives in the community.  You can watch the films here
Care Home Funding Gap
Following the publication of new research, a Care England article warns that the funding gap will result in a divide between rich and poor areas.  The Council fees gap could see care home providers abandoning less affluent areas.  To view the article in full please click here

Better Care Fund Bulletin - In this issue:

  • BCF Planning Guidance Support Webinar
  • Masterclasses, Webinars and Networking Events
  • Case Study: Improving the Social Care Market – Calderdale
  • New Better Care Manager Appointed
  • BCF Bulletin Publication Schedule
Technology Updates
£25m Housing and Technology Fund Localities Announced
The Department of Health recently announced the localities which have been successful in securing a share of £25 million from the Housing and Technology Fund to take forward work to support people with learning disabilities.  More information about the fund and the localities that have been awarded can be found here.
ADASS Care Apps Showcase - How to Register
150 free places available (one per authority with social care responsibilities) at the Care Apps Showcase and Conference being held on 7 March 2017 in Birmingham
As well as keynote and expert presentations, the programme will be packed with quickfire, case study presentations based on real life experiences, with regular breakout time for roundtable discussion and networking.  Up to twelve apps selected from the online showcase will be also featured including apps that:
  • help people to stay independent (and in their own homes) longer
  • support personal health and wellbeing
  • help professional and institutional users to manage what they do
Don't delay, secure your place now.

Information Sharing: Health and Care
This Information Sharing: Health and Care briefing was prepared by the LGA and provides councils with an update on the key activities taking place in data sharing, in the context of health and social care and includes an update on the General Data Protection Regulations, as well as the latest in respect of the National Data Guardian Review. Your comments and feedback are welcome - please email:

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