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NW ADASS / LGA/ ECIP : Delayed Transfer of Care Counting Workshop
23 October 2017, 12.15 – 4.00, Friends’ Meeting House, 6 Mount Street, Manchester, M2 5NS.

The NW ADASS Programme Office worked closely with the LGA and ECIP to deliver an interesting and informative workshop on DToC Counting.   There was excellent engagement from across the health and social care system with over 65 colleagues in attendance which enabled very rich and stimulating table discussions and prompted lots of questions.

The presentations from the event are available here

NW ADASS – Making Safeguarding Personal

12 October 2017, 10.00 – 4.00, The LifeCentre, 235 Washway Road, Sale, M33 4BP

The NW ADASS Programme Office worked closely with the NW Safeguarding Leads to organise an event focusing on Making Safeguarding Personal (MSP).

Our feedback for this event was extremely positive – thank you for all the kind words of which we would like to share a few:

 On the AftaThought session:

  • Enjoyed very much. An interactive way of learning.
  • Really brought MSP alive and made me think about it from a real person-centred perspective.
  • As a new manager in Adults with little experience of working in Adult Services I found the scenarios enlightening and thought provoking in terms of the culture we need to embed in our local authority.
  • An excellent way of demonstrating MSP.
  • Very interactive and inclusive. Great!
  • Excellent, powerful, should be used more frequently.

On Jane Lawson’s overview:

  • Really useful and helpful with lots of information re. ideas and support for promoting MSP within our organisation and also for partner organisations.
  • Some very good resources and ideas for supervision and auditing safeguarding enquiries.
  • Excellent and heart-warming example relating to the father.
  • The person with dementia is always there – just have to find them.
  • How do we translate this opportunity for reflective challenge and skill development with the limited resources we have into local development on a more frequent basis?
  • MSP is more complex than being person-centred – important to balance risk/choice to promote wellbeing.

Thank you again to all of you for making the day such a positive experience.  We aim to be in touch with a pack of resources before Christmas!

Presentations from the day

Graham Hodkinson Opening Slides

Making Safeguarding Personal in North West 12.10.17

MSP NW conference Oct 12 Jane Lawson Final version



New Directors has been developed in partnership with the Association of Directors of Adult Social Services (ADASS) and is designed to meet the specific needs of those undertaking the Director of Adult Social Services role. It aims is to shape the leadership techniques of new and aspiring directors to enhance their skills and develop new ones. It also gives both new and aspiring directors the opportunity to learn from each other in forming learning networks to support their work.

Further information is available here New Directors and New Directors Communication ADASS

Legal advice provided to Knowsley Council on the responsibility for meeting medication needs

Knowsley Council requested legal advice on the responsibility for meeting medication needs.  The advice note provided is available here.  Advice Note

NW ADASS Directors’ Briefing : Davey vs Oxfordshire Briefing Session

We pleased to provide you with the Directors’ Briefing which sets out key findings and suggested questions for local authorities to consider.  We’ve shared this with the chairs of our NW Solicitors Group and the Principle Social Workers – please be aware this is not legal advice but a summary of the discussion.

North Action on A&E programme

The NHS England and NHS Improvement 2017/18 North Action on A&E programme is focussed on engaging local A&E Delivery Boards across the North region to help address the complex challenges faced across our Urgent and Emergency Care (UEC) whole system.

For learning collaborative events, the North region is split into four cohorts and each cohort has three events.  The events are designed to be interactive, enthusing, fun and informative, with a key emphasis on networking and sharing of good practice.  You can register for your respective event through the registration links below.

Sub-Region Date Time Venue Registration Link
Yorkshire & Humber 5th September 2017 9:30 – 15:45 The Studio, Leeds Register Y&H
Greater Manchester 7th September 2017 9:30 – 15:45 Manchester City Football Club Register GM
Cheshire and Mersey & Lancashire 14th September 2017 9:30 – 15:45 Haydock Park Racecourse Register CM & Lancs
Cumbria and North East 15th September 2017 9:30 – 15:45 The Royal Station Hotel Register CNE

Trusted Assessor Guide and Webinars

NW ADASS has been working closely with NHSE and the Independent Care Sector Board to strengthen our respective work programmes and we are pleased to announce that the Developing trusted assessment schemes: ‘essential elements’ guide has now been published.

The guide describes how local systems could implement trusted assessment to reduce, effectively and safely, the numbers and waiting times of people awaiting discharge from hospital and is also a key part of the High Impact Change Model, as set out in the NHS Five Year Forward View Next Steps document. The Developing trusted assessment schemes: ‘essential elements’ guide has been jointly developed by; NHS England, NHS Improvement, the Local Government Association, the Association of Directors of Adult Social Services, the Care Provider Alliance and the Department of Health.

The webinars detailed below have been developed to support local systems to successfully implement trusted assessment models of their own. The webinars will cover:

  • Why are trusted assessors  required?
  • What is meant by Trusted assessor
  • What do they do?
  • Where they can be used?
  • Available guidance and resources
  • How to establish a trusted assessor model of your own
  • Good practice examples

The webinars are open to everyone. To book a place, please select a date from the list below and click on the link to register, please note that each link is different for each date and time.

NW ADASS Sector Led Improvement Regional Account 2017

We are pleased to announce the publication of our NW ADASS SLI Regional Account 2017  Our commitment in 2016 was to develop a more flexible and dynamic sector led improvement programme and we have worked hard with our members to refine our approach, review methodology and governance structures, which in turn have strengthened our grip on the continuous improvement challenge across adult social care.

Building on the successful work in previous years, a refresh of branch governance and the development of a more robust approach to data and intelligence we aim to deliver a comprehensive and meaningful regional programme of activity in 2017/18 that supports the sector in times of financial difficulty.

This report aims to provide a brief overview of the past 12 months and capture our branch priorities for the year ahead.

NW ADASS Sector Led Improvement Regional Account 2017 – Appendix 2 : Council Improvement Profiles

NW ADASS Sector Led Improvement Regional Regional Account 2017 : Individual Council Improvement Profiles

Blackburn with Darwen   Blackpool   Bolton   Bury   Cheshire East

Cheshire West and Chester  Cumbria Halton   Knowsley

Lancashire   Liverpool   Manchester  Oldham  Rochdale  Salford  Sefton

St. Helens  Stockport  Tameside  Trafford  Warrington  Wigan  Wirral

Supporting Working Carers

As the population ages, the number of people who become carers is increasing. This combined with changes in retirement age, means the demographic of carers across the country is altering significantly. This will become more complex as the changes in the retirement age means people will be working until much later than is currently the case and therefore juggling work and caring for longer.

This project worked collaboratively across the Yorkshire & Humber and the North West regions with working carers, carers groups and centres, businesses, employer and employee representative organisations and health and social care partners. The project was delivered through three sessions facilitated by Exploring Opportunities, a small independent company, with resources and support for the project being shared between Think Local Act Personal (TLAP) and Yorkshire and Humber and the North West Association of Directors of Adult Social Services (ADASS) Regions.

The report can be found here Working Carers Report

Top Tips for Supporting Working Carers

Top Tips for Supporting Working Carers has been produced by Think Local Act Personal in partnership with ADASS Yorkshire & Humberside, and ADASS North West Regions. The tips were developed collaboratively by participants at a series of workshops looking at good practice in supporting working carers. The project was facilitated by Exploring Opportunities, a small independent company. The in-depth report ‘Supporting Working Carers’ (link above) has been produced alongside the Top Tips.

The report can be found here Working Carers Top Tips

Local Government Association (LGA) : FAQ on the BCF and iBCF

The LGA have published a FAQ on the BCF and iBCF : available here   It captures the many queries the LGA have received from councils.  Please feel free share and also feed back any comments or further questions you have to Fiona Russell, Senior Adviser, Local Government Association, Care and Health Improvement Programme E: fiona.russell@local.gov.uk

Updated 8 High Impact Change tool and Adult Social Care Risk Assessment tool

The Local Government Association (LGA) has recently updated two resources: the ‘High Impact Change Model’ and ‘Adult social care risk awareness self-assessment tool’. Both versions are now editable PDF documents that can be downloaded and populated electronically. For further information, please see the LGA Care and Health Improvement webpage

New Models of Home Care for Older People in the North West

ADASS North West commissioned New Economy to undertake a review of potential new models of home care for older people. The review is aimed at providing an overview of the issues concerning older people and home care in the North West, exploring whether any new models of home care have been developed and the outcomes they have achieved and develop a cost benefit analysis of a potential new model.  To view the report please click Here

NHS Continuing Healthcare ( NHS CHC) Checklist

Please see below the information about the NHS Continuing Healthcare Checklist survey and the relevant link to survey monkey.

The Department of Health is seeking evidence on the effectiveness of the NHS Continuing Healthcare ( NHS CHC) Checklist as a tool to support identification of  individuals who require a comprehensive assessment for NHS  CHC. Four CSUs are collaborating on this important project to provide the DH with quantifiable evidence.

As part of this work it is vital that the rights of individuals to NHS CHC assessment are protected, but we also know anecdotally that the high level of positive checklists which do not lead to eligibility can have a negative impact on individuals and their families, requiring them to go through unnecessary assessments when NHS CHC eligibility may be unlikely or very unlikely.

The project will be undertaken using anonymised patient records. It is also important to supplement the data by understanding the views of health and social care staff on the ground who are using the checklist or advising patients and families as part of the checklist/screening process. We are also keen to understand potential solutions, from people using the checklist tool in a range of different settings.

Some of you may have been involved in a recent CCG collaborative webinar and be receiving a follow-up survey. This is a different survey from that one which focuses more on the National Framework and how that can be developed to support improved efficiency, effectiveness and better patient outcomes.  This survey relates to the design of the CHC checklist specifically and is really important to support our understanding of the challenges faced and potential solutions.

DH and NHS England recognise that this is a busy time, with a lot of focus on CHC and multiple requests for information.

This is an opportunity for you and your staff to share your views and influence this very important piece of work.
Below is a link to the survey we want you to complete. It is all online and should take no more than 30 minutes of your time.  The deadline for surveys to be returned is 5pm 21 April 2017.

We thank you for taking the time to share your views.  Survey Monkey

If anyone experiences technical problems can they contact Jane Bermingham on 01772 214565 or jane.bermingham@nhs.net

Care Coordination for Older People in the Non-Statutory Sector: Lessons from Research

Recently published research from PSSRU focusing on the role of the non-statutory sector in the long-term care of older people : PSSRU Expert Briefing 4

Principal Social Worker Network eBook of Blogs

An eBook of blogs has been written over the last year and focuses on social work and social care.  The eBook is intended to celebrate and reflect on social work and practice.  The blogs were selected following a request to social workers to highlight the key blogs that they found valuable and impacted on their practice and reflections.  The eBook is available here

North West Clinical Senates

Clinical senates bring together expertise from across health, healthcare and social care systems to promote improvements in the quality of services; providing leadership, advice and informing the NHS England service change assurance process. They provide credible and robust independent clinical advice to commissioners, in order to help them make the best decisions about health and care services for the populations they represent. Members are “organisationally agnostic” in their senate roles.

There are two clinical senates in the North West:

Greater Manchester, Lancashire & South Cumbria (chaired by Prof Donal O’Donoghue, Consultant Nephrologist)
Cheshire & Merseyside (chaired by Dr Cecil Kullu, Consultant Psychiatrist)

Both senates are currently seeking experienced Social Care colleagues to join the NW Senate Assembly and support service reviews either within, or beyond, the NW.

Much of the role of a senate assembly member is undertaken virtually but we will hold biannual/annual events each year. There are also opportunities to take part in clinical review panels and attend certain senate council meetings to provide specialist expertise. The key function of the Senate Assembly is to support the Clinical Senate by:

  • Commenting on and providing evidence & links to key contacts for questions being addressed by the Senate Council (particularly where the topic focuses on your own specialty area)
  • Proposing potential topics and or/questions to the Senate
  • Provide wide ranging knowledge and expertise the Senate Council can draw on for providing clinical advice to commissioners and undertaking clinical reviews
  • Supporting the Clinical Reviews the Senate undertakes by helping to identify review panel members or by taking part in specialty specific clinical review panels either for the NW Clinical Senates or for other Clinical Senates across England
  • Championing the role of the Clinical Senate in general

For more senior and interested colleagues, there may be the opportunity to join one of our Senate Councils (via a recruitment process) should you wish to be more involved in steering the work of the senate.

If you are interested in finding out more about the work of the senate, would like to have an informal chats and/or wish to register your interest in joining, please click here

Learning Matters Calling Digital Innovators

The Innovation Agency is pleased to announce their sponsorship of a regional award for 2017 to celebrate all aspects of digital innovation in healthcare.  This sponsorship is part of a commitment to a new regional learning campaign and awards programme Learning Matters. Learning Matters has been developed by Health Education England (HEE), the workforce development arm of the NHS and it is led by Voluntary Sector North West (VSNW) the voluntary sector infrastructure agency for the region. The Learning Matters campaign partnership straddles the public, private and third sector bringing people together. It is all about working better together by effectively sharing knowledge and increasing understanding.  Press release available Here

Your digital stories and nominations can be told using any relevant Learning Matters award nomination category See Here  Nominations are open until 12 noon on 10 April. So we need you to nominate brilliant people and brilliant ideas now!

NW ADASS – new publications

NW ADASS have produced 4 new publications which highlight the priorities and work programme for 2017.  Please use the links below for more information.

We are pleased to introduce the first comprehensive NW ADASS Sector Led Improvement Report – ‘State of the North West’ which collates all our learning and review activity and sets out the SLI challenge for NW ADASS in 2017.

Our commitment in 2016 was to develop a more flexible and dynamic sector led improvement programme and we have worked hard with our members to refine our approach, review methodology and governance structures which in turn have strengthened our grip on the continuous improvement challenge across adult social care.

We have triangulated information, data and intelligence from a variety of sources and this has been key in understanding not only the risks in the system and areas for improvement, but also the areas of good practice, innovation and what works.

NW ADASS Work Plan 2017 : The purpose of this work plan is to provide a single document that sets out the North West regional priorities for 2017 and how regional resources will support NW ADASS improve the performance of the 23 local authority adult social care services.

NW ADASS recognises the sector faces a series of unprecedented challenges, some of which can be addressed locally and within the short-medium term and others which can only be dealt with at regional and/or national level and may require a long-term strategy.

NW ADASS Social Services 2017 : which articulates the refreshed governance and support structures of the regional work programme, including the workstream and programme office functions.

NW ADASS Plan on a Page 2017  : which articulates the Annual SLI Programme.

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

Medical Assistant Training programme

Tender for Medical Assistants in General Practice – Training programme
The reference for the tender on the HEE portal is – LYP  01569 and is titled ‘(SM – HEE) – Medical Assistants in General Practice’.  If you wish to review the tender, please register on HEE’s procurement portal: https://in-tendhost.co.uk/noecpc/aspx/Home   If you have any queries, please see the HEE’s procurement partners via the portal in the first instance.’

Access to e-Learning for Healthcare now available to all care homes 
Access to the E Learning for ‘Healthcare for Armed Forces’ including Veterans can be found at: www.e-lfh.org.uk/programmes/nhs-healthcare-for-the-armed-forces/

Health Education England e-Learning for Healthcare (HEE e-LfH) has now opened up free access for all care homes, including those in the independent care sector. Access has been piloted and it is working well. More information about HEE e-LfH and instructions on how to access the e-learning content can be found Here.  Any queries should be addressed to Victoria Winlow: victoria.winlow@e-lfh.org.uk – if your query cannot be dealt with by the Helpdesk.

ECIP Offer slide deck final updated 20 October 2016

Please see attached for information the ECIP offer slides and the publication, Transforming urgent and emergency care services in England – Safer, faster, better: good practice in delivering urgent and emergency care, this is a guide for local health and social care communities.
ECIP Offer

Transforming urgent and emergency care services in England

A guide for local health and social care communities
Safer, faster, better: good practice in delivering urgent and emergency care

Improved Better Care Fund Monies for Social Care

“From 2017 the Spending Review makes available social care funds for local government, rising to £1.5 billion by 2019-20, to be included in an improved Better Care Fund.”

The following  links are a letter submitted to CLG by SIGOMA, to seek the Minister’s assurance in relation to the additional monies announced in the Spending Review and Autumn Statement 2015, along with the response received from the Minister.

Letter to CLG from SIGOMA
CLG response to SIGOMA

State of Care

Demands are increasing on health and social care. State of Care – our annual overview of health and social care in England – looks at the trends, highlights examples of good and outstanding care, and identifies factors that maintain high-quality care.

To view a copy of the 2015/16 report please click here