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 www.themansionhouse.org.uk 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.