Thursday Workshops: 11:30am – 12:30pm

TW7. The Role of Local Government In Community Mental Health Care

Location: Exchange 11

The session will focus on the challenges to delivering effective community mental health services, it focus particularly on the role of the council. It will include an update on the review of Community Mental Health, reflections on positive partnership working and the independent review of the Mental Health Act.

Main Participants:

ADASS Policy (TBC)

Mark Trewin, DHSC Independent review of the Mental Health Act team

Cabinet Member of Health and Wellbeing – TBC

Chair: TBC


TW8. (S) Strength Based Practice

Location: Charter 2

This spotlight session will follow the customer journey through adult social care, sharing learning in the development of strengths based practice from the front door to seeing citizens living independently in their communities. Participants will hear practical lessons from Rochdale in the implementation of an integrated strengths-based prevention model, Leeds will outline their journey from “What’s wrong” to “What’s strong” and Yorkshire and Humber Principal Social Worker Network will share lessons from their peer audit process and the development of a Charter to support the development of strengths based practice. The interactive workshop will give delegates the opportunity to discuss and explore these innovative examples of transformation to improve people’s lives.

Main Participants:
Andy Jones, Head of Boroughwide Services, Rochdale Council

Cath Roff , DASS, Leeds

Nigel Parr, Chair of the Yorkshire and Humber Principal Social Worker Network, Y & H PSW Network

Chair: Lyn Romeo, Chief Social Worker for Adults at the Department of Health and Social Care


TW9. (S) Tackling the Now and Protecting the Future – Developing a Multiagency Approach to Exploitation and Gangs

Location: Charter 3


TW10. National Transfer Scheme For UASC In Practice

Location: Charter 4

In July 2016 a voluntary national transfer scheme (NTS) and associated protocol were established to facilitate a fairer distribution of unaccompanied children across all regions and local authorities. The principle of the scheme is to try to ensure that a few LAs do not face an unmanageable level of responsibility in caring for and accommodating looked after unaccompanied children simply by virtue of being the point of arrival for a disproportionately large number of unaccompanied children. Since its inception, the voluntary transfer scheme has dispersed several hundred unaccompanied children. Local authorities’ voluntary participation in the scheme appears however, to be increasingly challenging. This workshop will explore some of the challenges around reception and transfer processes and will also seek to recognise good practice, drawing on the expertise of Kent County Council and attending delegates. The workshop will also provide a forum to debate some of the wider national issues with colleagues from the Home Office and DfE, including placement sufficiency, access to services & support, training for social work staff and levels of funding.

Main Participants:

Chris Spencer – Chair of the ADCS Asylum Task Force and Director of Children’s Services, Gloucestershire County Council

Nick Crick – UASC Strategic Lead and Operational Manager, Children’s Social Work Services | Kent County Council

Kate Carr- Deputy Director | Resettlement, Asylum Support and Integration UK Visas and Immigration, Home Office

Katy Willison – Director of Children’s Social Care, Practice and Workforce, DfE

Chair:  Cllr David Simmonds


TW11. Bringing the Best to More in Social Care: Scaling up Innovative Models of Care

Location: Charter 1

Faced with rising demand and growing financial pressures, the case for more innovation in social care has never been stronger. Speaking about adult social care, Jeremy Hunt recently said we need to ‘look at how the government can prime innovation in the market, develop the evidence for new models and services, and encourage new models of care provision to expand at scale.’ In relation to children’s social care, the Minister Nadhim Zahawi highlighting in a recent speech the potential of the Innovation Programme to drive improvement across the whole system.

This session will build on the paper by SCIE, Nesta and Shared Lives Plus, ‘Growing innovative models of health, care and support for adults’, to explore what local areas need to do to scale up innovative models of social care. The session will explore different approaches to scaling up innovation in both children and adult’s services, such as asset based approaches and co-production. To bring this to life, we will hear from how Islington is growing innovative approaches to children’s social care, and how Wigan is using an asset based approach to drive innovation for adults.

Main Participants:

Finola Culbert, Director of Safeguarding and Family Support

Ossie Stuart, SCIE Trustee and person with lived experience

Stuart Cowley, Director of Adult Social Care, Wigan Council

Chair:  Alex Fox, Chief Executive, Shared Lives Plus and SCIE Trustee


TW12. Beyond Barriers: How Do People Move Through The Health And Social Care Systems And What Can We Learn From The Local System Reviews?

Location: Exchange 8/9/10

Is this what we hear from older people?

“I didn’t want to go to hospital but no-one else could help me.”

“The nurses were lovely but they were so busy – I think I became part of the furniture!”

“When I got back to the care home, they didn’t know I was coming and hadn’t been told my drugs had changed.  It was a bit of a shambles really.”

Wouldn’t this be better?

“I was starting to struggle but the local team really helped me to sort myself out.  They knew just what I needed.”

“As soon as I was admitted they started talking to me about going back home.  I knew that’s what I wanted and I was so happy it happened.”

“The staff at the care home were really pleased to see me when I got out of hospital.  Everything was perfectly arranged – I even had my favourite meal!”

Behind the figures about delayed transfers of care, A&E waiting times and hospital readmissions there are human stories showing the impact our fragmented, disjointed system can have on people’s lives.  But when it works well, we know what a positive impact everyone working together, co-ordinating care in a truly person-centred way can have.

One year on, join us to reflect on the opportunities, challenges and key learning points we unearthed through our local system reviews. 

Main Participants:

Olivia, Person with lived experience

Bev Maybury, Strategic Director – Health and Wellbeing, Bradford Metropolitan Council

Graham Allen, Director of Adults’ Health & Care, Hampshire County Council