'Towards Excellence in Councils' Adult Social Care' is a new programme to help councils improve their performance in adult social care. The sector-led initiative builds on the self-assessment and improvement work already carried out by councils.
The key emphasis of this new approach will be on promoting innovation and excellence and collective ownership of improvement. Its core elements will involve regional work; robust performance data; self-evaluation; and peer support and challenge.
Up-to-date information about the programme can be found in its bulletins.
May 2013 (PDF, 5 pages, 301 KB)
February 2013 (PDF, 4 pages, 116 KB)
November 2012 (PDF, 4 pages, 90KB)
September 2012 (PDF, 5 pages, 94KB)
August 2012 (PDF, 4 pages, 93KB)
May 2012 (PDF, 4 pages, 126KB)
April 2012 (PDF, 4 pages, 87.7K)
March 2012 (PDF, 6 pages, 38KB)
The Towards Excellence programme is initially focusing on:
"Progress with adult social care priorities" offers an overview of the progress of councils in England towards better care and support, based on currently available data. It provides a baseline on which to consider future work. It also provides a basis for further work by the Programme Board to enrich current data sources, working with and for local councils.
A national conference on local accounts was held on 12 November at Local Government House. This event shared the learning and practice to date via a range of high-profile speakers, group and workshop sessions and also explored how local accounts might develop in the future. Presentations from the event, including innovative examples from authorities.
The programme board has developed an approach via extensive consultation which sets out a high level description of the roles and responsibilities where early support is needed because a risk of underperformance has been identified. This does not seek to prescribe in any detail what should be done and seeks to provide sufficient flexibility as each situation will have unique characteristics. This also contains the mandate developed by ADASS. (PDF of doc attached).
The programme board commissioned work, in partnership with Think Local Act Personal, to support adult social care and, in particular, local leadership to make the best use of available resources in the current challenging financial context. The practical written guidance and tools that seek to support councils with their strategic and financial planning are available on the 'think local act personal' website.
Making best use of resources – on the 'think local act personal' website.
The Towards Excellence in Councils Adult Social Care Programme Board is developing the key elements of an approach to sector-led improvement at a national level. The board aims to ensure that a coherent approach to sector-led improvement is taken and that available resources are used effectively.
The board is chaired by Peter Hay (ADASS). It also includes representatives from ADASS, the LGA, the CQC, the Department of Health, the Social Care Institute for Excellence, SOLACE and Think Local, Act Personal.
The terms of reference can be found here:
Towards Excellence terms of reference (PDF, 2 pages, 65KB)
The model being developed with and through the LGA's regional presence and the Association of Directors of Adult Social Services (ADASS) regions and networks.
The National Programme Director, Oliver Mills, reports to the board. The board reports to the
LGA Community Wellbeing Board
The Department of Health has provided £500,000 for activity in 2012/13.
Taking the lead
The key aspects of the programme are consistent with the approach to self-regulation as outlined in 'Taking the lead'. This the culmination of the LGA's successful campaign to reduce the burden of external inspection and assessment that councils face. It now includes the free of charge/subsidised support offer the LGA is making available to help councils take advantage of this new approach.
Towards Excellence for Children
The programme has a very similar approach to 'Towards Excellence for Children: Sector-led improvement and support in children's services', particularly around peer review and regional work. Both are working together to ensure that links are made across the two programmes.
Health and Wellbeing Boards
The LGA has received around funding from the Department of Health to support leadership for system-wide health reform and a support and development programme for key players on Health & Wellbeing Boards.
Links with the adult social care efficiency programme are also being made.
National Programme Director –Towards Excellence in Council's Adult Social Care
30 April 2013