Friday, 12 May 2017

When you look at the Tri-borough Partnership article below, it evidences that, unless merger is the desired outcome, mirror partnerships (eg council-with-council, police-with-police) are losing their lustre and locality-based collaborations are taking preference.

In that context, it could be time for your organisation to review its collaborative working strategy, to test if it is still fit for purpose in a rapidly changing world.

Here are your collaborative working news and jobs from the last seven days…

Local Government

The Triborough collapse is about more than shared services – it tells us something fundamental about what’s been happening in local government. Read more

Health & Social Care

With a general election around the corner, the call has gone out to work out what can be done about an NHS and social care system in meltdown. Read more

A new way of providing adult social care is launching in Calderdale to boost the health and well being of local residents. Read more

Four Surrey CCGs will this month begin rolling out records for integrated care to the 1.03 million patients in the area. Read more

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ICT & Digital

Southwark to join Brent-Lewisham IT service

Director of modernisation says London borough to enter arrangement on expiry of its outsourcing deal. Read more

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I wonder what your thinking is, about the impact of the two sets of elections on your collaborative working?

For example, in the news item below, Dorset Council has put their potential collaborative reorganisation on hold for the moment until after the general election.

Maybe some fire services will be impacted by the county council elections if they are still in local government control. Maybe there will be a cabinet re-shuffle after the general election, with new ministers in place who may have a different mindset on collaborative working across health from the current ones.

Whilst you are mulling on that, here is the collaborative transformation news and related job vacancies from the last week…

Local Government

Dorset council postpones reorganisation referendum until after general election

Christchurch councillors in Dorset have voted to defer a referendum on local government reorganisation until after the snap general election on 8 June. Read more >>>

Breaking up: Councils sever legal services partnership
The gloss of public sector shared legal services appears to be wearing off following the decision by two councils in Surrey to end their partnership. Read more >>>

Health & Social Care

Cllr Kevin Davis, London Councils executive member for health and leader of Kingston Council, celebrates the work being done in the capital to integrate health and social care, but argues there is still a long way to go. Read more >>>
The integration agenda exists to provide improvements to the quality of health and social care provision. With this ambition in mind, there is a need for local systems to be able to make ongoing sensible assessments of the impact that their initiatives may have. Read more >>>
Trainer Belinda Schwehr unpicks the thornier legal issues relating to the provision of information, advice and equipment in England. Read more >>>
Public spending on social care in England isn’t allocated in the same way that spending on something like health is. It’s also not provided completely free at the point of care like the NHS or schools. Read more >>>

Blue Light Transformation

The government’s costly plans to upgrade the emergency services communications system are “catastrophic” and could put people’s lives at risk, the Public Accounts Committee has warned. Read more >>>

ICT & Digital

Closing the digital gap is not without its challenges, survey finds

Over a third of public sector organisations are missing key opportunities to embrace digital technology, according to a new iGov survey. Read more >>>


The Secret to a Successful (Finance) Future: Continuous Accounting

Today's pressures are immense with organizations constantly expected to run leaner and be more effective. Read more >>>

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Thursday, 9 March 2017

News Summary of Collaboration and Shared Services from 08 March 2017

This is the final call for entries for the LGA Shared Services Map. In addition to entries from Councils, the map is open to details of collaborations in Public Health, One Public Estate and Fire & Rescue Services too.
The final deadline is 10 March, although if you contact me, we may be able to give you a few day longer if this has just arrived in your mail box.
There are three ways in which we can support you with submitting your data, click here for more details on how to update existing partnership or submit a new one.
Here are this week's collaboration news and jobs...

Local Government

SSON's State of the Shared Services Industry 2017: European Market Report

The past two years have been full of dramatic headlines foretelling the end of Shared Services as we know it. Read more

Salford and Liverpool City Councils plan IT trading venture

Two northern councils have teamed up to sell technology and services commercially. Read more

Chancellor Philip Hammond expected to confirm support for £1.3bn City Deal for Swansea Bay

While talks between the Swansea Bay City Region - made up of the local authorities of Neath Port Talbot, Swansea, Carmarthenshire, and Pembrokeshire - and the Treasury after continuing, it is anticipated that Mr Hammond will reference the deal in his speech on Wednesday. Read more
Plans by the opposition Conservative group in Telford & Wrekin to work more closely with Shropshire Council have been put forward. Read more
The first Performance Tracker report finds that until recently the Government managed to maintain the quality of public services while controlling spending. Read more

Health & Social Care

Mario Varela, managing director of NHS London Procurement Partnership (LPP), discusses the changing landscape of NHS procurement and the importance of clinical engagement. Read more
All healthcare professionals in Scotland should adopt a personalised approach to their care by 2025, Scotland’s Chief Medical Officer (CMO) Catherine Calderwood has said. Read more


Willmott Partnership Homes, part of the Willmott Dixon Group, will work in joint venture with the council’s wholly-owned subsidiary Lampton 360 to bring forward an initial 11 council-owned sites to create 844 homes. Read more

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