Friday, 4 August 2017

News Summary of Collaboration and Shared Services from 2nd August 2017

From the volume of news this week, Health & Social Care are the growth areas in collaborative working at the moment. But the mergers of housing associations will provide fertile ground for collaborative working as they begin to explore the collaborative transformation that will need to take place to deliver the change programme required.

Meanwhile, over in Essex the Police & Crime Commissioner has been given the go-ahead to be the first PCC take the fire service into their portfolio; an exercise that we will keep you up to date with.

Here is the collaborative working news, and the job opportunities from the last seven days.


Collaboration
Unravelling the collaboration conundrum

Collaboration is very much in vogue and often talked about in meetings as the must-have function in modern business. But while many companies realise it’s ‘a thing,’ few have been able to implement it thoroughly. Read more >>>


Health & Social Care

New framework released to support person-centered approaches for health, social care
Skills for Health, Health Education England, and Skills for Care have announced a new Framework to support person-centered approaches for the health and social care workforce. Read more >>>

Manchester mental health to be transformed by £134m fund
Health authorities in Manchester have this week launched an enormous £134m action plan to transform mental health care in the area. Read more >>>

Councils ensure strong health and safety service
The two authorities have joined forces to create a shared service. The importance of ensuring strong health and safety advice was highlighted at the official launch of the service on Tuesday, 18 July, particularly following the tragic fire at the Grenfell Tower in London last month. Read more >>>

GM to develop innovative app designed to curb A&E pressures
An innovative measure designed to stop people unnecessarily going to A&E is currently in development by the Greater Manchester Health and Social Care Partnership (GMHSCP). Read more >>>

Bolton’s Big Plans for Health & Social Care: Community Roadshow
NHS Bolton Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and the community partners are inviting the Bolton public to join us at a community roadshow. Read more >>>

It’s all systems go for the new Health and Social Care Network
The contract for the legacy NHS National Network (N3) infrastructure, supplied by BT, expired in March this year, with health and care organisations set to start to deploy connections to the replacement HSCN from October. Read more >>>

Local Government

South Hams District Council Leader John Tucker has explained the possible merger with West Devon Borough Council and its impact on rates

Councillors are currently discussing how the merger might work and looking at a potential increase in council tax in the South Hams, to raise the council tax rate to the same rate that West Devon residents pay, because at the moment West Devon residents pay more than South Hams residents. Read more >>>

Six mayors to pilot innovative new employment schemes

Thousands of disadvantaged people are to be helped back into work under new pilot schemes being delivered by six combined authorities. Read more >>>


Blue Light Transformation
Essex crime commissioner takes over fire service

Essex's police and crime commissioner is to take on responsibility for the county's fire and rescue service too. Roger Hirst is to become the UK's first combined police and fire commissioner in October. Read more >>>


Devolution

Yorkshire colleges first to publish targets in £56m AEB pre-devolution deal
Colleges in West Yorkshire have agreed a “landmark” partnership with the combined authority to align their annual £56 million adult education budget provision while it waits for an official devolution deal to happen. Read more >>>

Yorkshire councils agree 'coalition of the willing'
Council leaders in Yorkshire have agreed to work together to secure a devolution deal from the Government. Read more >>>


Housing

Local Housing Associations Connect

Shropshire Housing Group and Herefordshire Housing have announced today (28th July 2017) that the two organisations have connected, as equal partners, to form Connexus. Read more >>>

England: Consultation begins on merger to create 12,700 home landlord

Two housing providers have launched a public consultation on a proposed merger to create a 12,700 home Greater Lincolnshire landlord. Read more >>>


Upcoming Seminars

Here are the dates of the next Collaborative Leadership and Collaborative Transformation Practitioner programmes:

The Postgraduate Certificate In Collaborative Transformation (Oct 2017 Cohort begins) You can see what previous students are saying about their experience by clicking here.

Collaborative Transformation Practitioner Programme (London) – 4th to 6th October. Attending this programme will grant you recognition as a CTPrac™.


In-house Collaborative Transformation Practitioner and Collaborative Leadership programmes are available for five or more delegates. These are helpful for organisations who need to reduce staff travel and accommodation costs. Contact Magda.Zurba@sharedservicearchitects.co.uk for an informal discussion on programme content and fees.


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Thursday, 27 July 2017

News Summary of Collaboration and Shared Services from 26th July 2017

The collaboration agenda for Welsh councils appears to be warming up again, with the Welsh Assembly minister Mark Drakeford telling councils that they “need to work together more, in return for remaining as 22 separate authorities”.

A useful tactic employed in other sectors, has been the clause in new programme grant funding, that it must be delivered in partnership. Most recently, Bluelight innovation fund money has been offered in that context.

That removes several collaborative working barriers. No posts will be made redundant, new innovative collaborative ideas can be developed without threatening the current ways of working, and the partners can gain experience working together and test the strength of their working relationships.

Here is the collaborative working news, and the job opportunities from the last seven days.


Health & Social Care

Local authorities in joint bid to attract care and support workers
Councils across the South West are backing a campaign launched this week to raise the profile of care and the positive role of care workers in a drive to recruit the “right people” to the sector. Read more >>>


Local Government

'Work together' demand put to Welsh councils

Councils across Wales need to work together more in return for remaining as 22 separate authorities, the finance secretary has warned. Read more >>>

LG mutual mooted to reduce £650m a year council insurance costs

The Local Government Association (LGA) has today announced that it is “exploring options” to set up a local government mutual to reduce the huge amounts that councils currently spend on insurance. Read more >>>


Blue Light Transformation

"This is not a merger" says PCC over proposed changes

Plans for the Police and Crime Commissioner to take control of the way the fire service is run are open to consultation from today. Read more >>>

New £15m, emergency services ‘tri-station’ for Lincoln

Plans for a new £15 million joint fire, ambulance, and police station in Lincoln have been revealed, which will be built on the site of the existing fire and ambulance station at South Park Avenue and house over 400 staff. Read more >>>


Devolution

CCN calls for ‘new deal’ on devolving powers to counties
County councils have today called for a “new deal” to reshape the government’s relationship with rural England and grant a greater devolution of powers to these areas. Read more >>>


Housing

Manchester associations merger completes

A new housing group has launched in the North West. The Mosscare St Vincent’s Housing Group (MSV) brings together long-established housing providers, Mosscare Housing Group and St Vincent’s Housing Associations, and Mossbank Homes as a subsidiary. Read more >>>


Misc

Partnership Working ‘Key to Business and Careers Support’ Says Cabinet Secretary
Economy Secretary Ken Skates has said closer working between Business Wales and Careers Wales could help improve support for both individuals and firms in Wales. Read more >>>

Harnessing data sharing in transport

Simon White of Transport Systems Catapult (TSC) argues that the UK can be at the forefront of innovative mobility solutions if the government encourages better data sharing in the transport sector. Read more >>>


Upcoming Seminars

Here are the dates of the next Collaborative Leadership and Collaborative Transformation Practitioner programmes:

The Postgraduate Certificate In Collaborative Transformation (Oct 2017 Cohort begins) You can see what previous students are saying about their experience by clicking here.

Collaborative Transformation Practitioner Programme (London) – 4th to 6th October. Attending this programme will grant you recognition as a CTPrac™.

In-house Collaborative Transformation Practitioner and Collaborative Leadership programmes are available for five or more delegates. These are helpful for organisations who need to reduce staff travel and accommodation costs. Contact Magda.Zurba@sharedservicearchitects.co.uk for an informal discussion on programme content and fees.


Collaborative Working Opportunities


Combined Authority Senior Media Relations Officer

Stockton-on-Tees, Durham (£31,601 - £34,538)

UK Shared Service Centre Manager

Wrexham

HR Shared Service Manager

Reading (£45,000 - £60,000)

Corporate Manager, Transactional Service Centre

Chester (£64,208 - £71,233)

Senior Contract Manager - Local London
Multi-Partner Work and Health Programme


London (£55,494 - £58,515)

Combined Authority Director of Housing and Regeneration
Birmingham (up to £125,000)

Combined Authority Director of Skills and Productivity
Birmingham (up to £125,000)

UK Shared Services Manager
Cambridgeshire (£60,000 - £80,000)

Multi-Partner Public Health Specialist
Rochdale (£49,230-52,584)


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Thursday, 20 July 2017

News Summary of Collaboration and Shared Services from 19th July 2017

Plenty of collaborative working news for you to tap into below. The only comment I would make is that you should watch the health and social care environment explode in the need for good collaborative transformation practitioners over the next 12 months.


Here is the collaborative working news, and the job opportunities from the last seven days.


Health & Social Care

Shared vision for quality social care is essential for all, says NHS Providers
NHS Providers have welcomed news revealed today that the CQC will join with over 100 people, organisations and national bodies involved with social care to mark a renewed effort to improve the sector. Read more >>>

Making the most of NHS estate
Clive Shore, acting executive director (partnering) of Community Health Partnerships (CHP), explains how the organisation’s expert facilitation can transform estate for local health economies, without laying a single brick. Read more >>>

Councils threatened with ‘non-incentives’ to move health integration forward
The government has indicated that it will start “increasingly scrutinising” local authority performance and look at putting in incentives – or non-incentives – to encourage them to “step up to the mark” when it comes to effective health and care integration. Read more >>>

Think tank urges urgent health and social care ‘reboot’
The integration of health and social care requires an urgent ‘reboot’ by Whitehall following last month’s General Election result, think tank says. Read more >>>

New multi-disciplinary health team in Norwich piloted to stem unnecessary hospital trips
A new way to help people in Norwich when they’re heading for a health or care crisis is being put to the test. Read more >>>

First trainees embark on course to transform health and care workforce
The first trainees have embarked on a Coventry University course that will prepare them for a new role that aims to transform the health and care workforce. Read more >>>


Local Government

Local authority run-companies 'should avoid too many council board members'
Local authority-run companies should avoid having too many council members on executive boards to ensure commercial success, CIPFA’s annual conference was told. Read more >>>

CIPFA highlights signs of councils’ financial stress
CIPFA has called on local government to be alert for five warning signs of financial stress and has set out how it can build resilience into plans and operations. Read more >>>

Council could save £110m through transfer of parks to trust
Plans to transfer the responsibility of parks and green spaces to a charitable trust in Newcastle would save the council £110m over a 125-year lease agreement. Read more >>>

East Dorset District Council votes to join merger debates
A council that rejected replacing Dorset's nine authorities with two has voted to be involved in debates leading to a potential merger. Read more >>>

Structure of CAs too complex to drive real change, warns NAO
The introduction of combined authorities has led to the structure of local government becoming too complicated to drive real change, an independent review has found. Read more >>>

Shared services map: The LGA has re-launched the national shared services map for 2017
The LGA has re-launched the national shared services map for 2017 which shows how shared services have contributed to taxpayers saving more than £640m. Read more >>>


Blue Light Transformation 

Katy Bourne (PCC) will not take over East Sussex fire service
Sussex’s Conservative Police and Crime Commissioner Katy Bourne has decided to drop plans to take control of fire and rescue services in East Sussex. Read more >>>

Crime Commissioner Could Oversee NY Fire Service
Julia Mulligan, North Yorkshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner, has launched a consultation proposing changes to the way the county’s fire service is overseen. Read more >>>

Norfolk firefighters train with American counterparts at RAF Mildenhall
Norfolk firefighters visited RAF Mildenhall to take part in a training exercise to familiarise themselves in how to tackle an aircraft on fire. Read more >>>

First tri-service station in county opens doors
Hungerford Community Fire Station has officially opened following a major refurbishment, which began in November. Read more >>>

Fire stations could be shared with police under vision to combine Hertfordshire emergency services
However, opposition councillors fear police and crime commissioner (PCC) David Lloyd’s bid to take over the running the fire and rescue service could mean fire stations in St Albans and elsewhere could close. Read more >>> 


Housing

North West associations set to merge
Two northern-based housing associations, New Charter Group and Adactus Housing Group, are set to merge creating a new organisation with 33,000 homes. Read more >>>

Peabody merger marked by 6,000 home deal
Family Mosaic and Peabody have now merged, marking it by signing a 6,000 home deal with the mayor of London. Read more >>>


Outsourcing

Public sector outsourcing: a marriage that must work
Kerry Hallard, the president of the Global Sourcing Association, argues that despite some highly-publicised cases of breakdowns in public sector outsourcing, the relationship has generated much success. Read more >>>


Upcoming Seminars

Here are the dates of the next Collaborative Leadership and Collaborative Transformation Practitioner programmes:

In-house Collaborative Transformation Practitioner and Collaborative Leadership programmes are available for five or more delegates. These are helpful for organisations who need to reduce staff travel and accommodation costs. Contact Magda.Zurba@sharedservicearchitects.co.uk for an informal discussion on programme content and fees.


Collaborative Working Opportunities

Head of Major / Head of Minor Projects

Manchester Devolution (£60,000 - £65,000)

Project Coordinator Collaborative Working

Sheffield (£30,000 - £45,000)

Service Owner - Shared Services & Corporate

Warwick (£46,400 - £63,800)

HR Shared Service Leader

Wolverhampton (£35,000 - £37,000)

Personalisation Senior Advisor Collaborative Working

Manchester Health £46,625 - £57,640)

Shared Services Senior Project Manager
Oldham (£31,696 - £41,787)

Shared Service Centre Director
Thames Valley, Berkshire (Six figure salary +)


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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


Upcoming Seminars



Here are the dates of the next Collaborative Transformation Practitioner Programmes:
 


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 >>>


Finance


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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