The NW ADASS Carers Network is led by Tina Wilkins, Head of Vulnerable Adults at Sefton to provide a network for Local Authority representatives who have a lead role with Carers, to share good practice, common goals, disseminate information and collaborate on Government targets, performance and guidelines.

NW ADASS Carer Policy Group Work Programme 2016-17

The NW ADASS Carer Policy Group meets on a bi-monthly basis which starts with a networking opportunity at 9.30am and a 10am start for the formal meeting.  Meetings are generally 2 hours in duration.   In between meetings the network conducts frequent email discussion and information exchange.  The current meeting venue is Mansion House, Victoria Park, City Road, St Helens.WA10 2UE  There is sufficient budget currently available to NW ADASS Carer Policy Group Lead to facilitate meetings for the foreseeable future.

A representative from NW ADASS Carer Policy Group attends meetings of the ADASS Carer Policy Network which meets twice annually and there is also representation on membership of the Independent Advisory Group on Carers.

The NW ADASS Carer Policy Group Work Programme for 2016-17 consists of the following 3 work streams:

Integration with NHS – Lead Authorities – Halton and Cumbria

David McNally (Head of Experience of Care, NHS England) presented the Carers Toolkit to members present at the July NW ADASS Carer Policy Group meeting.  There was a strong sense that communication regarding the Carers Toolkit has not permeated into CCG’s to any benefit for carers.  A position paper will be produced detailing which Councils are implementing the Carer Toolkit, with whom and to what success.  It will identify barriers to implementation and identify whether there was a similar effective framework in place such as ‘carer charters’ in order to acknowledge existing good practice already in place across the region.  There is ongoing contact with NHS England in respect of them sharing methodology of work underway with Salford around supporting carers during hospital discharge.

Carers Trust Care Act One Year On – Lead Authorities – Wigan +1

A position paper will be produced to outline how the NW compares to this report and if there are there models of carer’s services that are performing better than others in this respect.

Data and Outcomes – Lead Authorities – Tameside and Knowsley

It is proposed to undertake the same analysis of the ‘Care Act Stocktake’ that was undertaken in NE.  A position paper will also be produced to identify effective outcome measurement tools currently in use across the NW to identify opportunities for greater consistency and benchmarking.

We’re Hiring!

We don’t stand still here at North West Employers. We’re looking for a dynamic Head of Service Delivery to join our new Management Team and be part of something exciting.

10 Keys To Happier Living: Connecting With People

In todays hectic and fast paced world filled with distractions, it can sometimes be hard to make the right amount of time for yourself and others around you. All too often you will board a train or bus and see a sea of people all staring down, absorbing themselves into a digital world, whilst seemingly forgetting that there is a whole world going on around them full of knowledgeable and interesting people that have the ability to change moods, educate you and make you smile.

New Consent Model for Data Sharing Workshop

The Caldicott Review into Health and Social Care will propose a new consent/opt-out model for data sharing. This event will enable people to make an informed decision about how their personal confidential data will be used to inform health and social care provision. This could have a major impact on improving integration of services. The session is going to be practical, with hands-on testing of the models and exploring the conversation prompts that would be used with the public.

Connected Working for Better Results

North West Employers have always had a long standing relationship with the Leadership Academy and this is just one more collaborative working project to extend the reach of the Interchange programme to the North West region and beyond.

Ministerial Praise for ‘Northern Power Woman’ Donna Hall

The chief executive of Wigan Council has been commended by a government minister as among the country’s “greatest talents”. Donna Hall was praised by the Government’s Northern Powerhouse minister James Wharton after she won the Transformational Leader award in the first ever Northern Power Women Awards last month.

Social Prescribing at a Glance

The document has been designed to promote consideration of the necessary issues to better understand and harness social prescribing assets. HEE hope it will help increase awareness of the type of social prescribing activity being delivered across a range of sectors, and will help encourage more collaborative action in order to promote individual and community wellbeing.

The North West Randomised Coffee Trial

we are going to be facilitating a randomised coffee trial across the North West to help to connect leaders across sectors and professions. We hope that by doing this people will make lasting connections that will help to spread improvement and innovation.

The GM Commissioning Academy

2 FREE events as part of the GM Commissioning Academy series of events helping to bring ideas and good practice together across the North West.

The Edge – Free Events in Health & Care

The Edge is brought to you by the Horizons Group of NHS England. The Horizons Group is a small team that uses radical thinking to explore change and transformation in health and care. It aims to support colleagues in health and care to think differently about how effective change practice can lead to better outcomes for patients.

Celebrating Achievement Across The North West

Last night (16.03.16) saw the annual Local Government Chronicle (LGC) Awards take place at the prestigious Grosvenor House, London. The LGC are responsible for running the first national awards to be launched for local government, recognising those excelling and making real change in their area.