Friday, 22 July 2016

News Summary of Collaboration and Shared Services from 20th July 2016

The clue is in the name: New Minister for Police & Fire, which confirms even more clearly that the boundaries between the fire and police services are to be deeply blurred – if not merged. However, it also signals that emergency ambulances are unlikely to be directly in the mix for the time being.

The Prime Minister has begun replacing the entire ministerial team at the Home Office with the appointment of a barrister as Minister of State for Police and Fire. Read more >>>

Brandon Lewis has been helpful in the recognition of the Postgraduate Certificate in Collaborative Transformation by government when he awarded the graduation certificates, and Shared Service Architect recognition, to students.

We are doing our bit too. In the last six weeks, 34 police/fire project leads have completed our three day CTPrac programmeand 40 FRS staff have attended collaborative leadership sessions to build both capacity, and collaborative advantage, in their organisations.

Holiday time for some…op

There will be no ’60 second summaries’ for the next few weeks as I am off on holiday. I hope the weather holds for you if you are holidaying too. In the meantime, you can read the 3 year back catalogue of editions at

Here is the rest of the news and some really interesting collaborative working vacancies from the last seven days...


VIDEO: ‘Whatever your view on the devolution deal, get involved’

Chesterfield Borough Council’s leaders are encouraging as many people as possible to get involved in the consultation on the Sheffield City Region devolution deal. Read more >>>

Northern combined authority leaders seek Brexit meeting with May

Leaders of the north of England’s combined authorities have written jointly to Theresa May, inviting her to meet with them to ensure that they are involved in negotiating the UK’s exit from the European Union. Read more >>>

Local Government

Five priorities for the new communities and local government secretary

As Sajid Javid moves to Marsham Street, he’ll need to get up to speed with the local government agenda. Here are five priorities to concentrate on. Welcome Sajid Javid. Read more >>>

CIPFA: commercial focus vital to council service innovation

A new report details opportunities to improve authority incomes by profiting from functions including back office expertise sharing; skill base and public perceptions among key challenges. Read more >>>

Health & Social Care

Manchester close to 'formal integration' of joint commissioning

Commissioning powers in Manchester are to be shared between the city council and the city’s three CCGs as part of a drive to better join-up health and social care. Read more >>>


Building bridges, breaking barriers: Integrated care for older people

Building bridges, breaking barriers looks at how well care for older people is integrated across health and social care, as well as the impact on older people who use services and their families and carers. Read more >>>

Quality Improvement in Healthcare: the Case for Change - free online course

Why is quality improvement in health and social care systems so difficult? Why is it so challenging to bring in new and better ways of organising health and social care services? Read more >>>

Blue Light Transformation

Major step forward for blue light collaboration in Lincolnshire

Lincolnshire County Council’s Executive Committee has approved plans for the emergency services in Lincolnshire to work more closely together. Read more >>>


Collaboration pledge takes partnership in the North East to the next level

Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service (TWFRS), Northumberland Fire and Rescue Service (NFRS) and Northumbria Police, with their three governance bodies, have pledged to work even closer together to provide enhanced services to the public. Read more >>>


Landmark agreement on joint working in South Yorkshire

A landmark agreement between emergency services in South Yorkshire will see up to five ambulance standby points created at fire stations across the county. Read more >>>

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Thursday, 14 July 2016

News Summary of Collaboration and Shared Services from 13th July 2016

What will the impact of a new Prime Minister be, on collaborative working?

For blue light, there was a very strong emphasis from Theresa May at the Home Office, on integration of the emergency services under PCCs. A new Home Office Minister may have different priorities in order to make their mark, but it is unlikely.

When Greg Clark took over at Communities and Local Government, he saw Devolution and Combined Authorities as a higher priority than the shared services agenda of Eric Pickles; the consensus move to shared service activities being seen as an inevitable sub-set of combined authority and devolution outcomes.

It is doubtful that the integration of Health and Social Care would be halted, and the NHS will continue to re-organise itself through collaborative activity in localities.

So, the growth of jobs and consultancy for collaborative working professionals like you, looks set to continue to grow.

Here is the rest of the news and jobs from the last seven days...


Manchester signs devolution deal for more criminal justice system powers

A deal has been signed to give Greater Manchester devolved powers over large parts of the criminal justice system. Read more >>>


Devolution deal shelved following Brexit uncertainty as North East leaders demand reassurances

Proposals which could release billions of pounds in funding for the North East have been put on hold until the UK has a new leader. Read more >>>


The Opportunities of Devolution Must Not Come at the Cost of Our Universal NHS

When Aneurin Bevan spoke in support of the second reading of Labour’s NHS Bill 68 years ago, he made a very simple, clear case. Read more >>>

Local Government

Collaboration More Important than Ever for Wales’ Manufacturers Following Brexit

Whilst the ripples of the EU Referendum result will continue to be felt across the country for years to come, manufacturers and technology organisations across Wales are cautiously optimistic about the future. Read more >>>


£2 Million Savings After Council Share Legal Services

Bucks County Council are going to save £2 million a year by sharing lawyers. Rather than employing their own solicitors they've signed up to a legal practice set up by other councils, which should mean saving £2 million a year by 2019. Read more >>>


Councils To Work Together On Shared Services

Inverclyde Council has unanimously approved the setting up of a joint committee with the councils in East and West Dunbartonshire, to develop future shared services. Read more >>>

Three West Sussex councils unveil shared services plan

Three district councils in West Sussex are exploring plans to share services in a bid to save £2m a year. Arun, Chichester and Horsham District Councils are considering sharing human resources, legal, and internal auditing services… Read more >>>

Leadership from councillors 'important for integration'

Political leadership is essential for integration because only elected members have the necessary mandate to ‘bring people together’, according to a speaker from a workshop session at the LGA conference. Read more >>>

Health & Social Care

Minister cuts ground on new Edinburgh Partnership Centre

A sod cutting ceremony was carried out this week to officially mark the start of construction work on the first of three health and social care centres in Edinburgh and West Lothian. Read more >>>


CQC revamps health and social care data security guidance

Organisational review establishes new guidelines around leadership, IT systems design and removing outdated systems to tackle threat of data breaches and information loss. Read more >>>


Integrating Health and Social Care Conference: Thursday 29th September 2016 – Central London

Following the Government’s announcement that each health and social care system in England must submit local plans for integration by March 2017, ahead of full integration by 2020, Capita’s timely Integrating Health and Social Care Conference examines practical approaches for achieving joined up care and delivering improved outcomes. Read more >>>

Resource: Stepping up to the place: The key to successful health and social care integration

A tool kit of resources to help local health and care leaders move further and faster on achieving their vision of integration will today be unveiled at the Local Government Association's annual conference. Read more >>>


Councils must play a more pivotal role in health and care integration

The number of people in the UK with complex needs who require both health and social care is increasing rapidly. Read more >>>


Mega mergers vs local-led: Losing accountability

Implementation of government policy has forced many housing associations to look to consolidate and merge. Some of the bigger organisations merging create “mega-mergers” with joint portfolios of over 100,000 homes. Read more >>>

Tripartite agreement floated to tackle London’s housing crisis

Progress is being made on a tripartite agreement between the government, the new mayor of London and the capital’s boroughs as an attempt to tackle the city’s housing crisis, according to a new report from London Councils. Read more >>>

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