West Midlands ADASS Top Ten Achievements in 2015/16


We’re proud of what we have achieved in 2015/16, and have put together what we consider to be our top ten achievements:

 9 councils completed Peer challenges involving 9 DASS, 17 assistant directors, 12 experts by experience 8 lead members. All recommendations published on West Midlands ADASS/IEWM website and each has reported back to SLI board on progress made. Latest round of challenges more focussed around agreed KLOI’s

 Published West Midlands Regional account with score card populated by all 14 councils with data collated by regional performance and finance networks. Each council has produced self-assessment of their own performance and shared with another council at peer summit held in December 2015.

 Regional focus on resilience and delayed transfers of care throughout 2015 with proactive approach to working with CCG and NHSE colleagues. Adoption of high impact change model with view to taking whole system approach to tackling under performance. Significantly improved performance in 4 council areas.

 Continued focus on better care fund assurance for £350m spend within the region. Close working with NHSE through joint appointment of Better Care Manager and sector led approach to assuring plan sign off. Proactive engagement with the development of sustainability transformation plans and making case for health and wellbeing involvement in production of plans.

 Production of regional workforce plan following joint work with Health Education England and Skills for Care. Identification of 4 priorities and joint regional planning process informing ADASS national strategy. Engagement through regional workshops and ADASS infomatics lead to inform access to advice and information on council websites and informing good practice in relation to digital. Regional safeguarding policy developed and joint events organised with safeguarding chairs to promote good practice

 Oversight of Care act implementation through use of stock takes to inform regional priorities and focus. Strong evaluation of regional programme through joint work with SCIE on personalisation, safeguarding and commissioning for better outcomes. Regional commissioning network undertaking detailed work on market fragility and development, engagement with CQC on market oversight and identification of key performance data for measuring outcomes.

 Detailed work undertaken on financial risk using metrics developed in score card to focus on 5 councils facing specific challenges. This work has informed budget setting process for all 5 councils and assisted in identifying areas for further investigation and where savings will be even more difficult to find.

 Maintained focus on prevention through joint work with ADPH and PHE on Aging well, with joint report published with recommendations on what good looks like with contributions from all 14 councils. AD Network organised joint seminar with third sector looking at asset based community development and showcasing 3 council’s approaches to developing community capacity. Joint report and seminar held with NHSE on post diagnostic support for people with dementia.

 The regional telehealth care network launched regional campaign to promote greater use of assistive technology called ‘AT home’ website, video case studies and searchable data base for public to access to find out about gizmos and gadgets to help them. Project funded by Naidex and again involved all 14 councils undertaking different local campaigns supported by brand and resources developed together.

 Over 400 ASC staff have engaged with the regional improvement programme during 2015/16 through the thematic improvement networks, increased usage of conference calling, webinar and social media to share practice. Strong engagement with health partners/ CQC, ADCS and ADPH in looking at system based approaches to change specifically in relation to devolution and integration of health and social care services.


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