Wednesday Workshops: 12:15pm – 1:15pm

WW1: (Spotlight) Integration: It’s not what you do; it’s the way that you do it

Location: Charter 1

This interactive session will firstly involve a presentation from Manchester on how transformational change at scale and pace can response to the voice of the people and make a difference. The health, social care, voluntary and independent community have come together following a clear mandate given by the people of Manchester on how they wanted the services to develop over the next decade. The session will share the key ‘Our Manchester’ principles and explore how these are being embedded into the development and delivery of health and social care across the city; how this was brought about and the next steps going forward. It will explore the new models of a single commissioning organisation, single hospital services and a Local Care Organisation. The session will also outline the ongoing challenges and opportunities devolution has provided in developing trusting partnerships; bringing key data, staff and finances together; forming more sustainable services through reducing demand and activity levels; and investing in prevention and moving money from acute care to integrated out of hospital care.

Ground breaking research from Nottinghamshire shows both costs and outcomes are improved through integrated care teams.  The session will share the findings and methodology from a unique study, which shows clear differences between integrated and non-integrated teams. Integrated working is all about how you do it – get it right and people will have improved outcomes and at a lower cost, but get it wrong, it can increase costs for social care.  The session will share the key factors that must be addressed to ensure that success with integrated working is maximised. A toolkit designed to support local services to integrate health and social care roles effectively within integrated teams will inform a discussion on how the findings can inform approaches to integration in other areas.

Main participants:

Jane North, Transformation Programme Director, Nottinghamshire

Bernadette Enright, Director of Adult Services, Manchester Local Care Organisation

Chair: Caroline Tapster, Director, Health and Wellbeing System Improvement Programme, LGA

WW2: Care and Health at Home

Location: Charter 2

The importance of housing in delivering better care and health in the community and maximising independence has long been understood, however there is currently an increasing recognition and a rising body of evidence of the part it can play in realising the ambitions of professionals and policy makers.  The national Memorandum of Understanding: “Improving Health & Care through the Home”, re-launched in March 2018 is signed up to by 26 national bodies, including the NHS, Government Departments and ADASS, and is setting the scene for further cross-sector working.

Momentum is building; The All Party Parliamentary Group for Housing & Care for Older People continues to promote housing solutions for older people and in September the Housing, Communities and Local Government Select Committee inquiry into Housing for Older People published a report endorsing the view that a national strategy on housing provision for older people was needed. The Equalities and Human Rights Commission in May 2018 published “Housing and disabled people: Britain’s hidden crisis” following its inquiry into the housing experiences of people with a disability.

The importance of Housing for vulnerable people has been recognised by MHCLG both in planning legislation and in proposals on how supported housing is funded. STP’s, Health & Well Being Strategies, and BCF Plans are increasingly including housing components both in relation to preventative strategies but also to address existing pressures in the system and the doubling of the Disabled Facilities Grant as part of the Better Care Fund is a clear signal from DHSC that the positive impact housing solutions have on the Health & Care System is fully recognised.

This session will build on this impressive array of activity and we will hear from Government and other key and influential leaders in the field about how housing will feature in upcoming legislation, national plans, and strategies to support the delivery of Health & Care outcomes now and in the future.  Delegates will have the opportunity to interface with national leaders in this field through a question and answer part of the session.


Cathy Page, Deputy Director, Housing Support, MHCLG

Jon Rouse, Chief Officer for Greater Manchester Health and Social Care Partnership

Alan Adams, Executive Director, Children’s Health and Adults Services, Hounslow Council

Chair: Lord Best (tbc)

WW3: LGA SEND Task and Finish Group – Report Launch

Location: Exchange 8/9/10

Providing the right support to children and young people with Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND) is an issue of increasing concern for councils; between 2014 and 2017 the number of children and young people with SEND statements or Education, Health and Care Plans increased by 21.1%, while central government funding has not kept pace. There is now a real concern that councils will no longer be able to meet their statutory duties to support children with SEN, unless additional funding is found.

This session will allow delegates to hear about two pieces of research that the LGA’s SEND Task and Finish Group will be publishing at the conference and their implications for councils. Firstly, the findings of a project that is seeking to identify how councils are meeting challenges around delivering SEND support and secondly, a piece of work on the size of the High Needs funding gap facing the sector and how available resources can be used as effectively as possible.

Main participants:

Natalie Parish, Isos Partnership

Ben Bryant, Isos Partnership

Chair: Cllr Lucy Nethsingha, Deputy Chair, LGA Children and Young People Board

WW4: Transforming Communities – Making Sure People with a Learning Disability, Autism or Both have Good Lives in the Community

Location: Charter 3

This session will focus on sharing the learning from specific projects which have focused on supporting people with a learning disability, autism or both who display behaviour that challenges to lead good lives in the community – as part of the Transforming Care programme.

The session will hear from Community Catalysts who ran the “So What, What Next” project; the project worked with individuals recently discharged from inpatient settings, alongside their providers and support staff. The focus of the project was on asset-based approaches to support, looking at establishing links within local communities and supporting people to become active citizens, contributing their skills and passions.

The session will also hear from the Institue of Public Care (IPC) who have worked with a number of Transforming Care Partnerships to support positive collaboration and strategic approaches to Transforming Care betweeen commissioners and providers, as part of ensuring the availability of high quality community-based care and support for people  discharged from hospital.

Providing an effective response to this programme of work and improving outcomes for people with a learning disability and/or autism remains a significant priority and challenge for local areas and local leaders, and is an issue that cuts across both adult and children’s services, and across health and local government (including social services, housing and education) .

Included in the session will be an opportunity for wider group discussion, helping to share and inform  attendees’ work in their  local communities.

Main participants:

Angela Catley, Community Catalysts

Nick Bishop – Expert by experience

Sarah Broadhurst, Institute of Public Care

Helen Toker-Lester, ADASS

Co-chairs: Ray James, National Learning Disability Director, NHS England and Simon Williams,  Director of Social Care improvement, LGA

WW5: (Spotlight) Creating a Place that Works for Children

Location: Charter 4

Children and young people’s voices and lived experiences are often absent from decisions about what supports them to thrive. Supporting children’s wellbeing and building resilience includes issues such as the built environment, community safety and protection, housing, economic development, employment and skills. This goes beyond one department such as children’s services. Nor can it be achieved by the council alone. Aside from delivering services, local government has a role as community leaders, facilitators and advocates. But we should also build social capital for long-term change – by ensuring people have a voice and stake in improving their local areas, and where they feel that if they want to influence something then they are able to do so.

Discover how the independent Fair Futures Commission, set up by Islington Council, co-created insights and pragmatic proposals to make communities child-friendly and became a vehicle to:

  • Challenge mindsets
  • Change policy and practice across all areas of children’s lives including urban development, economic growth, smart cities and housing
  • Include children and young people’s voices and lived experiences and support them to speak out and be heard directly
  • Build a healthier democracy with an emphasis on change and social justice
  • Deliver evidence-informed proposals to decision makers on key issues for children and public services.

This session will provide an opportunity to think about the key challenges and share ideas and solutions about how, given the changing political and financial landscape, public service leaders use their powers and resources to build environments for children to thrive.

Main participants:

Jermain Jackman, Chair of the Islington Fair Futures Commission

Tania Townsend, Partnership Development and Strategy Manager, Islington Council

Chair: Carmel Littleton, Corporate Director of Children Employment and Skills, Islington Council