Welcome to the eighth edition of the Health, Adult Social Care and Ageing Bulletin. The bulletin provides details of our work throughout the health, adult social care and ageing sectors.
As summer proceeds we would like to highlight the Local Government Association's (LGA) offer to those of you who have recently assumed roles with health responsibilities. Local leaders have crucial roles in the new system, both those of you who have direct responsibility for adult social care and health matters as portfolio holders, and those involved in local health scrutiny.
Officers and board members continue to work with the Department of Health (DH) and other partners such as the NHS Commissioning Board and Public Health England. To help build relationships, and to explore what will be required of local leaders in the new system, we are organising a series of two national and nine regional events to develop and agree a shared vision for the new public health system. We will also continue to make sure Government and the NHS are aware of local government's views and concerns through meetings of the Local Government Health Transition Task Group.
The LGA is hosting a free introduction event at the LGA on 25 July on adult social care and health, with the aim of supporting newly appointed lead members and chairs of scrutiny with what can be a very demanding and publicly accountable set of responsibilities. The event is free to attend. To book your place or to request further information, including a programme, please contact email@example.com.
Further events will be held over the summer.
Please do feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org with your suggestions and contributions.
Councillor David Rogers OBE
Chairman, LGA Community Wellbeing Board
The University of Birmingham has been commissioned to deliver a programme of simulation events in each region. The aim is for every Health and Wellbeing Board (HWB) to send a team of between four and seven representatives drawn from across their partner organisations to experience the challenge of tackling difficult scenarios within a 'safe' facilitated environment. The simulations should assist board members develop the confidence to tackle tough challenges, examine how they will undertake the leadership role to manage complexity and the inevitable tensions and differences of perspectives that will occur. To date, simulation events have been booked by six regions.
The Chairs' Networks aim to bring together chairs and potentially vice-chairs of HWBs from across a region to share their experience and learn from each other about what has worked well and what has been problematic. These networks will also enable chairs to participate in action learning sets (ALSs) and to hear expert presentations. The terms of reference for the networks will be co-produced with the members to best reflect their needs.
The leadership offer is responding to requests from boards in three categories:
boards in need of support that may be behind the pace
boards that are further forward in the journey
boards with a specific developmental request.
NHS Leadership Academy
The NHS Leadership Academy is the new national NHS hub for leadership development and talent management. Its remit includes working closely with public health and social care, including developing shared approaches with local government and providing frameworks for CCG development. The LGA, working in collaboration with the NHS Leadership Academy provides a major opportunity to extend the offer of bespoke support to HWBs. Through the NHS Leadership Academy's resources, a potential 50 boards will be supported.
For more information, please contact: email@example.com.
Social care organisations are being asked to publicly declare their commitment to changing the way older and disabled adults experience care and support. 'Making it Real: Marking progress with personalisation and community-based support' is a campaign led by 'Think Local Act Personal' (TLAP). TLAP is an alliance of over 30 national social care partners, including the LGA, committed to personalisation in social care.
Written by older and disabled people and family carers themselves, 'Making it Real' sets out what people expect to see and experience if they are to have more choice, control and freedom to live as independently as possible.
The measures contained in Making it Real have been initially tested with a number of organisations across England, comprised of local authorities, large private sector providers, small voluntary sector providers and user-led organisations. Making it Real is not performance management but rather a voluntary movement for change supported by the LGA, the Association of Directors of Adult Social Services (ADASS), the DH,and the Care Quality Commission (CQC), among others. More than 120 organisations including councils and providers from the private, voluntary and independent sector have already signed up online.
Further social care organisations are encouraged to declare support for these 'markers of progress on personalisation' and start working directly with the people who use their services.
The LGA has submitted its comments on the development of the children and young people's health outcomes strategy. Our key messages include:
A greater focus on families is needed: this should be cross-referenced in the national outcomes frameworks for public health and the NHS.
The strategy's themes are too clinically focused: it should more explicitly address the 'wellbeing' agenda and should have an overall, unifying theme of health improvement.
The LGA wants to see a single all encompassing outcomes framework with local priorities driving action.
Integration should be a central component of the strategy with an emphasis on person and place-centred approaches.
Greater emphasis is needed on localism and the role of locally accountable elected representatives.
Clarification about safeguarding and how it will work in the new system is urgently needed: it needs to be a cross-cutting theme throughout the strategy.
Children and young people need to be involved and engaged in the commissioning cycle.
Local government has a key leadership and delivery role to play in reducing health inequalities through tackling the wider determinants: this needs to be more explicitly addressed in the strategy.
Local government should be sufficiently engaged during phase two of the strategy's development.
Informal views are being sought to help develop proposals for the technical regulations that will apply to HWBs from April 2013. Deadline for feedback is Friday 29 June.
Local Healthwatch regional masterclass
The LGA are delivering a series of free Local Healthwatch masterclasses for lead officers throughout June and July 2012. Attending the events will equip you with tools and techniques to support your engagement with providers, local people and external partners on issues relating to patient and public engagement.
Monday 25 June, Cambridge
Tuesday 26 June, London
Thursday 28 June, Bristol
Wednesday 4 July, Nottingham
Tuesday 10 July, Manchester
LGA annual conference
26 – 28 June 2012 | Birmingham
The LGA's annual conference is the biggest event in the local government calendar. It is also one of the biggest political conferences of the year regularly attracting over 1,100 delegates.
The Welfare Reform Act 2012: Implications and challenges for local authorities
20 July 2012 | London
The Welfare Reform Act brings radical change to the welfare environment. Come and hear Lord Freud, Minister for Welfare Reform, and other key speakers discuss the changes to the delivery of welfare and be among the first to hear which councils have been selected to pilot the delivery of Universal Credit.
Introduction to adult social care and health
25 July 2012 | London
The LGA is committed to supporting newly appointed lead members and chairs of scrutiny and it is hosting a free introduction event on adult social care and health. The aim of this event is to support new members in what can be a very demanding and publicly accountable set of responsibilities. It will provide an overview of the current key policy issues and challenges, including safeguarding and sector-led improvement.
Understanding equality is essential to the effective design and delivery of local services. It is at the heart of effective, efficient and transparent decisions, including how to implement spending cuts, devolve power to communities and move to new ways of working.
On Monday 24 September, the LGA is holding an event 'Doing the Duty – using the Equality Framework to make evidence-based decisions', where delegates will hear from all of the authorities at "excellent" level of the of the Equality Framework for Local Government (EFLG) to discuss how they are continuing the use the EFLG to meet the challenges of making difficult decisions around budget setting and allocating and prioritising resources.
View the programme and book your place
For those of you in the know it's quick and easy to follow what the Community Wellbeing team at the LGA is doing for councils by following us on twitter. Follow us on @LGAComWellbeing – it's a great way to keep up to date!
New analysis by the LGA shows taxpayers would have to pay an additional £12 billion every year to fund care for the elderly by 2030. Currently, the annual bill to taxpayers is £14.5 billion, but the new figures show that this will increase by 84 per cent to £26.7 billion in less than 20 years.
LGA media release 24 May 2012
Responding to the Prime Minister's announcement on dementia, Councillor David Rogers, Chair of the LGA's Community Wellbeing Board, said:
"Each and every part of society has an important role in ensuring people with dementia can live life to the full for as long as possible. Putting the voices of people with dementia and their carers at the very heart of any approach should rightly be the first step in creating dementia-friendly communities."
LGA media release 24 May 2012
Councillor David Rogers, Chair of the LGA's Community Wellbeing Board, said: "The sad reality is that these findings aren't surprising and unless we see urgent reform of how care is provided to our rapidly-ageing population things are only going to get much worse.
"Local authorities are doing all they can to find solutions that don't impact on the services they can deliver to elderly residents and despite a 28 per cent funding cut from Government, spending on adult services this year is expected to fall by just 2.5 per cent, the lowest for any service area. Indeed, last year councils spent more than ever on services for vulnerable adults. To simply select a certain social group or service as a barometer of a council's approach to care is misleading."
LGA media release 16 May 2012
30 January 2013