Thematic Improvement Networks
The purpose of the West Midlands Thematic Improvement Networks are to:
- Focus on improving performance across the region.
- Share good practice, knowledge and support where required.
- Provide networking opportunities to enhance personal and professional development.
Those participating in the networks are encouraged to:
- Share their learning with their colleagues.
- Explore different ways of sharing learning e.g. via WM ADASS website, e-mail and telephone.
- Attend periodic meetings and networks.
- Focus on using the networks to improve performance and practice in their own authorities.
The networks are:
- Workforce – To improve the regions understanding of the demography of the adult social care workforce and to lead the delivery of the workforce development activities related to the Care Act and also the Better Care Fund.
- Safeguarding – To achieve a consistent and standardised approach to safeguarding in the West Midlands, including working with partners to meet the requirements of the Care Act.
- Dementia – To improve the diagnosis of early onset dementia and the quality of dementia services across health and social care in the West Midlands.
- West Midlands Connected –
To improve understanding of what works in terms of Assistive Technology -specifically prevention and saving money. To share and raise the profileof Assistive Technology within local authorities across the region.
- Commissioning – To improve commissioning and make it more effective in the current financial climate, and taking into account Better Care Fund and Care Act requirements.
- Resilience – To improve the performance of DTOC and the consistency of how CHC is used across the region. To improve the quality of service provision under CHC – better services, better information and greater choice and control for those whose support is funded through it.
- Personalisation – To support all local authorities in the region to improve their use of personalisation, and the impact it makes on people’s lives, whatever their current status as regards to the implementation of personalisation.
- Learning Disabilities – To improve the consistency in commissioning Learning Disability, help develop the Learning Disability market from a regional perspective and to meet the requirements of the Better Care Fund and the Care Act from the perspective of Learning Disabilities.
- Mental Health – To help authorities manage the impact of DOLS, implement the MH Crisis Concordat and link it with Better Care Fund (BCF), and also meet the requirements of the Care Act and the BCF from a Mental Health perspective.
- Carers – The Carers network aims to improve the access to and information around training for carers across the region, establish and develop relationships with health around carers, and help local authorities implement the Care Act requirements relating to carers including encouraging local authorities to co-produce the changes with carers.
The Assistant Directors (ADs) Forum will act as a co-ordaining point for the activity of the thematic improvement networks and prioritise issues and performance matters to the ADASS Branch.