West Midlands Care Act support and workforce development
West Midlands ADASS and the Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE) are working in partnership to support implementation of the Care Act in the region. All local authorities and their partners in the West Midlands will be able to access a programme of support and workforce development throughout the remainder of this financial year.
The aims of the programme are to:
- share learning and emerging practice across the region
- learn from SCIE’s national programme of support on the Care Act and innovation in social care
- access SCIE’s national team of experts, case studies and resources.
Councils across the region are familiar with SCIE’s work and it is envisaged that we will develop joint support at regional, sub regional and local levels to avoid duplication of effort and to share approaches to some of the key challenges posed as part of the introduction of the Care Act.
The programme will focus on themes identified through the region’s Care Act stock takes and our thematic improvement networks. Key themes will include the implications of the Care Act for:
- systems leadership and resilience
- joint commissioning across health and social care (eg on mental health, dementia etc)
- The health and social care workforce (eg market development, workforce development, joint working)
- information and advice
- working with care providers
- supporting carers
- assessment and eligibility
The programme is still in development and will link in to our existing improvement networks. Additional support is likely to include:
- a series of events from now until November. These will use SCIE’s knowledge of sharing skills and access to case studies from around the country which he hope to learn from.
- practice-based learning events
- regional learning networks and engagement
- webinars and virtual learning networks.
We are pleased to be working with SCIE on the ongoing implementation of the changes introduced by the Care Act. We believe it provides a real opportunity to share emerging good practice from the region with the expertise, reputation and access to national good practice that SCIE provide.
Richard Harling, West Midland’s Care Act Lead and Director of Adult Services and Health at Worcestershire County Council
The collaborative approach that West Midlands ADASS is taking offers real value to the local authorities in the region. We look forward to working with them on this programme – and we will reflect what we learn from them in our national programme of support on the Care Act.
Tony Hunter, Chief Executive, Social Care Institute for Excellence
We will publish further information about the programme as it becomes available. In the meantime, you may find the following useful:
- SCIE Care Act resources and support programme: resources on assessment and eligibility, commissioning advocacy, safeguarding, transitions and prevention, plus information on SCIE’s Care Act training and consultancy services
- Care and Support Reform Programme: access to all Care Act resources commissioned by Department of Health, LGA, ADASS and the Care Providers Alliance
Adult Social Care Programme Manager
IEWM and WM ADASS