I hope you’ve all had a good week. I had a great day at the ‘East Midlands Integration Summit’ which was very well attended and included some great presentations of work going on across the region. These included radical changes to social care in Shropshire and strong partnerships with community health, hospitals and ambulances to help people stay independent at home. We also saw a live demonstration of the Better Care Exchange – it’s well worth having a look at, and joining up. Also last week we had the first Cross Government Integration Task Force meeting, bringing together ministers from the Department of Health (DH), DCLG, Cabinet Office, HM Treasury and DWP.
At the integration catchup on Thursday morning we discussed the fourth Care Act stocktake, the Care Act programme board meeting, the upcoming Health Transformation Task Group (HTTG) meeting and our Annual Conference.
The fourth stocktake returns were due back on 16 June and we have received all the responses, bar four. We’re expecting those in the next few days. All of these will then be analysed and I’ll be able to update you on the findings in future blogs.
The new-look Care and Support Reform Programme Board met on Wednesday (24 June) where they approved the next two phases of the public awareness communications strategy for the Care Act. This is being led by DH and Public Health England. Phase 1b aims to ensure that existing care recipients, carers’ and families understand how the 2016 reforms will affect them. Phase 2 of the public awareness campaign is to begin to start building a culture in which people routinely plan ahead for funding their care and support needs, should they arise.
The Health Transition Task Group (HTTG) meeting is due to take place on 6 July. The agenda is a packed one, with the Comprehensive Spending Review, a devolution update, Forward View developments, the Health and Wellbeing Board publication called ‘Making it Better Together’, and a draft paper by Kay Burkett on engagement and communication, all due to be discussed.
The Better Care Support team has been working on the integrated workforce support offer and are putting together a map of existing tools and resources around integrated workforce planning. At the same time they are conducting a gaps analysis to examine where they can best add value. They will be setting up a ‘sounding board’ of interested local areas, to provide feedback and test proposals as they develop. For more information please contact Tom Shakespeare or Mary Hill.
As you are probably all aware, this week is our Annual Conference in Harrogate. Sally Burlington, Andy Hughes and myself will all be there – I hope some of you will be too. I am particularly looking forward to launching our ambitious plans for health and wellbeing boards.
This week I want to introduce you to Cadi Davies; Cadi has been part of the Towards Excellence in Adult Social Care (TEASC) team since the summer of 2014, starting as a programme support officer helping the team’s delivery of a range of projects such as the National Progress Report and the Making Safeguarding Personal. In this role she also undertook a placement in Surrey County Council, shadowing adult social care teams.
Cadi has recently been appointed as an adviser in the TEASC team, where she is supporting the rollout of the ‘risk assessment toolkit’ mentioned in my couple of blogs. She has been working closely with associates and regional leads to launch the pilot and will also support the team in the development of the sector led improvement national account which is due to be published in December.