West Midlands Region - Annual Report 2005

14 MembersBirmingham, Coventry, Dudley, Herefordshire, Sandwell, Shropshire, Solihull, Staffordshire, Stoke-on-Trent, Telford and Wrekin, Walsall, Warwickshire, Wolverhampton, Worcestershire.

Chair

Robert Lake Staffordshire

Secretary

Sue Fiennes Herefordshire

The West Midlands Region have made considerable progress in performance management work, in partnership with SECTA, and with the lead being taken by Linda Sanders from Dudley. The "Making it Real" product has been developed locally by West Midlands colleagues and has captured wider ADSS interest.

The second theme is managing uncertainty in local authority arrangements linked to the Children Act 2004 and the disturbance to leaders personally, and social care leadership in general. The branch has been a safe place to share and support in these circumstances.

The loss of wisdom in the West Midlands is significant. Both Robert Lake and Michael Hake leave in 2005. We would wish to pay tribute to both their contributions to the Region but, particularly, would acknowledge on behalf of current and past colleagues Robert's excellent chairing and leading of branch activity over a significant period.

The region has otherwise worked hard to widen its horizons of NHS direction and impact, CSIP and national DH work, particularly on the yet to be published Adult Social Care Green Paper. In addition, it has kept up the co-ordination and links on key user group areas despite the turbulent environment.

The region over 2005 will have very different leader roles and personnel to embrace in keeping social care alive. This will be challenging.

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