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Establishing local Healthwatch: governance

Establishing local Healthwatch (LHW) is a series of briefings produced by the LGA to assist local authorities and their partners in local communities and the NHS to support the commissioning, setting up and early development of local Healthwatch.

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Establishing local Healthwatch: working with health and wellbeing boards

Establishing local Healthwatch (LHW) is a series of briefings produced by the LGA to assist local authorities and their partners in local communities and the NHS to support the commissioning, setting up and early development of local Healthwatch. 

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Empowering communities: making the most of local assets – An officer guide.

In communities across the country we know that local people are concerned about losing locally valued assets and associated services – from inner-city community centres to village pubs and post offices.

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Making an impact with Healthwatch

Local authorities are commissioning new local Healthwatch organisations (LHWO) and existing and potential providers are formulating their ideas on what the shape of the new service should be. This discussion paper considers the impact that Healthwatch should make and how it might need to work in order to succeed.

Hidden Talents: examples of transition of careers guidance from local authorities to schools

The LGA commissioned  the National Foundation for Educational Research (NFER) to collate case study examples of how local authorities are supporting schools in their enhanced role to provide independent and impartial careers guidance to young people in Years 9 to 11.

Research
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Police and crime commissioners – A guide for councils

This guide: explains what the role of police and crime commissioners will be sets out what they mean for community safety partnerships looks at the implications for partnerships of PCCs commissioning community safety services examines the role and responsibilities of police and crime panels.

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Local Healthwatch: LGA offer of support and development

Local authorities have a significant role to play in being proactively supportive of the aims and ambitions of Local Healthwatch and in being seen to be supportive of it at both a strategic level and at the ‘frontline'. This briefing details the Healthwatch LGA offer of support and development, and how we will work with authorities to gather and share good practice.  

Sector-led improvement
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Engaging in commissioning - a practical resource for the culture and sport sector

Resource pack jointly produced by the Local Government Association, Sport England, Arts Council England (ACE) and the Chief Culture and Leisure Officers Association (cCLOA).

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10 questions to ask if you're scrutinising services for looked-after children

This guide, revised in 2012 aims to provide clear and succinct the key issues to cover in a scrutiny review of corporate parenting.

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Fire safety in purpose-built flats

The LGA led work commissioned by Government to develop this sector-led guidance on fire safety in purpose-built blocks of flats, which was written by experts in the field of fire safety.