Case studies

Innovation in local government is about improving the lives of the people in our communities. Browse through our case studies to see the many innovative programmes councils are involved in.

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Implementing an external funding strategy

Led by a bid writing expert, this project reviewed Warwick District Council's approach to how it identifies and applies for external funding. This case study forms part of our productivity experts resource.

Efficiency and income generation

Bath: Home First/D2A

CURO is a not-for-profit housing and support organisation based in Bath, providing affordable homes and care and support services across the West of England. This example of a local initiative forms part of our managing transfers of care resource.

Wirral: care home teletriage service

Wirral has a large number of care homes and had a significant number of non-elective admissions from care home residents. It was a priority to ensure that care was provided in the patient’s place of residence wherever possible, as a non-elective admission can have a detrimental effect on frail older people. This example of a local initiative forms part of our managing transfers of care resource.

Central Bedfordshire: Hospital Discharge Service - Person Tracker

To provide an equitable hospital discharge experience for residents whilst improving performance associated to delayed transfers, a bespoke Hospital Discharge Service was established in October 2017, with the use of iBCF monies to expand the council’s ‘discharge team’ located at the hospital where the greater number of admissions historically occurred. This example of a local initiative forms part of our managing transfers of care resource.

Hertforshire: adult care services seven-day working implementation

With the seven-day working strategy, Hertfordshire aimed to improve the flow from the acute into the community, ensuring discharges are not delayed over the weekend while service users wait for a package of care due to processes outside of the Monday to Friday norm. This example of a local initiative forms part of our managing transfers of care resource.

Hackney: a continuous cycle of improvement in patient flow

Homerton University Hospital’s movement towards seven-day working to improve patient flow has been a long journey that has taken a few of years and gone through a number of iterations in terms of changes to systems and processes. This example of a local initiative forms part of our managing transfers of care resource.

Milton Keynes Council: Getting people home

The objective of the project was to eliminate the barriers above and to implement the ethos of Home First due to recognising the importance and value of people being more likely to improve, adapt and recover in their own homes. This example of a local initiative forms part of our managing transfers of care resource.

East Surrey care homes multi-disciplinary project

In 2014 East Surrey clinical commissioning group (CCG) embarked on a project to improve the medical care of residents of nursing and residential homes (care homes). East Surrey CCG has a significant number of Care Homes with a total of 1,800 beds across the geography. This example of a local initiative forms part of our managing transfers of care resource.

Kirklees Council: Home from Home initiative

The goal of this initiative was to support people to be discharged from hospital quicker and more effectively, whilst also avoiding people going into residential care. This example of a local initiative forms part of our managing transfers of care resource.

Leicester Lightbulb Project

In the context of Leicestershire’s county wide Integration Programme, housing, health and social care, partners recognised a major opportunity to radically redesign housing support, moving away from a historically fragmented set of services and constructing a new integrated housing offer focused on health and wellbeing outcomes, such as maximising independence in the home and preventing falls. This example of a local initiative forms part of our managing transfers of care resource.