Looking forwards: Improvement priorities for 2017/18


Following on from the analysis of the regional balanced score card, discussions held at the regional peer summit, and following discussion with DASS and the care and health improvement advisor IEWM and ADASS intend to produce an improvement plan for 2017 /18 that will focus the collective resources of the partners to improve the performance of the 14 councils in the region in relation to adult social care.

  • Build on the successful work undertaken in 2016 and create capacity to support our sector led improvement approach and seek to continue to build relationship with health partners.
  • Seek to maximise opportunities to involve and engage adult social care staff in the work of the programme.
  • Link closely to the Local Government Association’s care and health improvement programme.
  • Acknowledge the different needs of the 14 councils in the region whilst recognising the benefits of working collectively to share resources, ideas and provision of mutual support.
  • Recognise the financial challenges facing local government generally and social care specifically and seek where possible to identify and promote what good looks like in current economic climate.

The plan will be monitored throughout the years by the co-chairs of ADASS, liaison with the care and health improvement advisor and through briefings with the chief executive leads within the region.

The plan comprises of 4 sections:

The strategic priorities

  • Promoting effective care and health systems through the integration of social care with health through the STP, BCF, and urgent and emergency care programmes.
  • Focus on the financial challenges facing local government and continuing to refine the work undertaken on making best use of available resources.
  • Improving how we use performance data and intelligence to enable better understanding of the future demands being placed on services.
  • Continuing to focus on resilience and identifying new ways of ensuring people are supported to stay active at home for longer.
  • Developing approaches to sustaining the care market through better outcome focused commissioning.

Sector led improvement

  • Continued delivery of the regional peer challenge programme
  • Extension of the case file audit process
  • Focus on self-assessment and awareness of individual council’s performance via the application of the national risk tool
  • Using the outcomes from peer challenge process to demonstrate the effectiveness of SLI

Thematic improvement areas

The regional programme will provide opportunities for directors and assistant directors to gain development opportunities through undertaking leadership roles across a number of identified thematic improvement areas including:-

  • Transforming care – supporting the empowerment of people and families with learning disabilities
  • Sharing knowledge and expertise to support the implementation of ‘Making safeguarding personal’
  • Promoting digital maturity and the use of technology to support independent living
  • Workforce – support the development of new ASC leaders in the region and promote the role of social cares contribution to the local and regional economy
  • Identify and promote good practice in relation to personalisation and community development


The programme will continue to provide support to ADASS, the regional governance arrangements, and provide capacity to support regional activity through the IEWM associates, programme management, publicity and marketing support.

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Peter Hay

Director of People at Birmingham City Council and Vice Chair of WM ADASS


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