Wednesday Workshops: 3:45pm – 4:45pm

WW7. Health, Housing and Independent Living

Location: Charter 3

The impact of poor housing on health is similar to that of smoking or alcohol and costs the NHS at least £1.4 billion a year, as well as creating housing worries that ends in homelessness for too many families. The housing crisis means there is a shortage of suitable homes to meet everyone’s needs, including older and disabled people and people in vulnerable circumstances. A growing number of people living longer with increasingly complex needs want to live independent lives in their own homes and communities, rather than being stuck in a hospital bed or unsuitable accommodation.  From supported housing to aids and adaptations and market shaping, this session will share latest practice on how councils are investing in effective prevention work to support independent living.


Sue Adams OBE, Chief Executive Care & Repair England

Jeremy Porteus, Chief Executive Housing LIN

Julie Ogley, Director of Social Care, Health and Housing, Central Bedfordshire Council and ADASS Vice President

Chair: Executive Mayor Kate Allsop, LGA Community Wellbeing Board

WW8. A New Approach to Understanding Youth Outcomes

Location: Exchange 8/9/10

Councils have been forced to cut spending on local youth services from £650 million in 2010/11 to just £390 million in 2016/17 as a result of government funding cuts. In this context, councils need to know how to ensure the remaining funding that they are investing in youth services is contributing to the outcomes and life chances that they desire for their teenage citizens – and that young people themselves want.

The Local Government Association has commissioned the Centre for Youth Impact to work with providers and commissioners of youth services to develop a new outcomes framework that looks at what outcomes are possible, and how we can make sure the services we’re providing and commissioning are helping young people to achieve those. The key elements of this framework will be presented for the first time in this session.

We need everyone involved to be speaking the same language and working towards the same outcomes to make the most of remaining, and future, provision, and this framework is intended to be the first step towards that.

Main Participants:

Bethia McNeil, Director, Centre for Youth Impact

Leigh Middleton, Chief Executive Officer, National Youth Agency

Louise Smith, Adviser, LGA

Chair: Cllr Gillian Ford, Vice Chair, LGA Children and Young People Board

WW9. (Spotlight) Working with Communities and Carers

Location: Charter 2

This practical and interactive workshop aims to showcase examples of innovative service transformation where councils have put communities and carers at the centre of services, improving outcomes for both service users and those caring for them.  Participants will hear from carers, those planning and delivering services and two national organisations, Carers UK and the Public Service Transformation Academy, who are working to support local areas in ensuring that communities, users and carers are involved in the co-design and delivery of local services and supported to do so.

Main Participants:

Terry Rich, Public Service Transformation Academy

Matt Bowsher, Interim Strategic Director, People Services, Dudley

Helena Herklots, Chief Executive, Carers UK

Chair: Stephen Chandler, DASS, Somerset CC

WW10. Markets Today and Tomorrow

Location: Charter 1

The sustainability and quality of Adult Social care markets are facing unprecedented challenges. Understanding the characteristics of local, regional and national care markets across activity, costs and provision is increasingly important in identifying risk and pressures to ensure services are sustainable for people who use them. This informs commissioning plans for understanding and addressing future needs. The session presents two examples of work by ADASS regions who have undertaken analysis of the adult care market.  

ADASS East  have developed an innovative technology solution that helps them understand provider quality, spend as well as risk on a regional, sub-regional and individual council basis in ‘real time’. This helps delivers better commissioning decisions and improves services for users whilst mitigating future risk.

The North West ADASS have undertaken comprehensive market analysis and modelling on Older People and Learning Disability markets. Alongside the financial and activity data analysed, they wished to gain an overview of the regional social care market from providers and commissioners. Their methodology explored twelve key issues in detail, starting with an online survey, followed by engagement workshops and in-depth one to one interviews.

The Care and Health Improvement Programme initiative is taking this forward as a national project, building on the successful work done across these and other regions. The aim is to develop a national approach which can be applied and used locally at council, sub region and regional levels. The session will invite dialogue on progress so far and contributions to the further development of this work.

Main Participants:

Guy Petengell, East of England ADASS

Tom Maloney, North West ADASS

Stephanie Butterworth, North West ADASS

Brigid Day, LGA

Chair:  Ian McBeath, DASS Herts CC

Location: Charter 1

WW11. A Birdseye View of the System? Research on Education and Social Care at Ofsted

Location: Charter 4

Ofsted has started a programme of research which aims to foster both the validity and reliability of their own work and to provide insights into key educational issues. The research is based on collaboration between researchers from the Ofsted research and evaluation team and Her Majesty’s Inspectors, who co-construct the research design and jointly carry out the studies. This approach, which draws on the unique position of Ofsted as an inspectorate, has key strengths and advantages, but also poses a number of methodological issues, which will be discussed in the introduction to this symposium. Ofsted’s research programme spans a broad range of topics in education and social care, including accessibility of high quality early years provision, the role of multi-academy trusts in the education system, the role of LA’s in addressing child neglect, and what schools can do to help safeguard from and educate about knife crime. In this workshop we hope to generate discussion on how the unique position of Ofsted in the education and social care space can contribute to research and knowledge generation, but also what the pitfalls may be of Ofsted venturing into research and how findings may be (mis)used in the education and care system.

Main Participants: Donna Neill, Ofsted

Chair: Daniel Muijs, Ofsted

WW12. (Spotlight) What Next for Children’s Services? Our Journey to Fully Integrated Education, Health and Social Care Services for Cornwall’s Children, Young People and Families

Location: Exchange 11

The four big issues for children’s services are demand, quality, financial sustainability and workforce. How to address the gap between demand (rising numbers of families needing support and more complex needs) and supply (reducing budgets) is the key challenge for all Councils.

Even Councils rated Good (as is the case in Cornwall) are not exempt from the need to innovate, just to sustain service quality let alone get to Outstanding. Serious financial pressures in the NHS are also resulting in reductions to vital support from community and acute services for children. Often Councils are the backstop for this demand.

In Cornwall, we have chosen to meet these challenges head on through a new integrated place-based service model from 0-25 that will bring together education, early years, early help, public health nursing, social care and potentially in the longer-term other children’s community health services.

Drawing on an honest account of our journey in Cornwall, we will explore the potential of whole-scale structural integration to address the key issues faced by the sector and offer a more sustainable future for children’s services.

This will be an open and lively debate on the limits of managing demand and costs within a siloed model, practical options, key success factors, and the benefits, risks and barriers to delivering meaningful and ambitious service integration in your local area.

Main Participants: 

Trevor Doughty, Strategic Director for Children, Schools and Families, Cornwall Council

Jack Cordery, Service Director for Children & Family Services, Cornwall Council

Alissa Davies, Senior Consultant, Mutual Ventures

Chair: Andrew Laird, Managing Director, Mutual Ventures