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West Midlands in Context - Issue 15, March 2017

Posted on Mon, 27 Mar 2017 @ 15:51

West Midlands in Context - Issue 15, March 2017. In this issue: • Trade winds - The West Midlands, the Industrial Strategy Green Paper and exports and imports • West Midlands LEPs feature towards the top and bottom of the economic output growth league • The Midlands Engine Growth Strategy takes to the road • Everybody’s got to learn sometimes - Schools funding, skills and job prospects in the West Midlands • Consultations and Inquiries Download

West Midlands in Context Issue 14, January 2017

Posted on Mon, 30 Jan 2017 @ 10:33

Issue 14 of West Midlands in Context, January 2017. West Midlands in Context highlights a broad mix of reports, statistics and other material that has something to say about the West Midlands or that help provide a wider context to the work of councils and other organisations in the region. Download

Brexit’s Impact on Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent

Posted on Tue, 13 Dec 2016 @ 09:02

'Brexit’s Impact on Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent' by Philip Atkins OBE John Henderson CB Leader Chief Executive Staffordshire County Counci Download

UK Asylum Accommodation Services: Dispersal and accommodation PPT

Posted on Tue, 13 Dec 2016 @ 08:59

UK Asylum Accommodation Services: Dispersal and accommodation PPT from the Home Office Download

'Brexit and Place' from West Midlands Regional Chief Executive's Meeting Nov 2016

Posted on Tue, 13 Dec 2016 @ 08:56

John Henderson, Chief Executive of Staffordshire County Council, discusses the effects Brexit could have on Staffordshire in this PPT. Download

West Midlands in Context - issue 12

Posted on Wed, 21 Sep 2016 @ 16:35

West Midlands in Context highlights a broad mix of reports, statistics and other material that has something to say about the West Midlands or that help provide a wider context to the work of councils and other organisations in the region. Download

Distribution Group Email Addresses

Posted on Thu, 25 Aug 2016 @ 13:42

IEWM want to make it as easy as possible for network members to communicate with one another, which is why they have set up Distribution Group emails. How do Distribution Group emails work? 1. Each network, group and forum has at least one Distribution Group email address. For example, Health & Wellbeing Officers Network 1 members can all be reached using one email address: hwbon1@westmidlandsiep.gov.uk2. 2. Some bigger networks have more than one Distribution Group email. Where this is the case 1 will be the Primary Contact(s), 2 will be the Representative(s) for Primary Contact(s), and 3 will be the PA/Administrative Support to Primary Contact(s). Any other will be listed labelled as O in the email address. 3. When sending emails using the Distribution Groups, 1 & 2 are entered into the To… field and 3 & O are usually entered into the Cc…  field for information What are the benefits of Distribution Group emails? Members can communicate easily with one another as there is only one email address for all individual members. IEWM maintains the contact list centrally on behalf of the West Midlands region, keeping them up-to-date so other users around the region don’t have to waste time checking Network membership lists locally. Distribution Group names remain the same, even if individuals within the network change. These Distribution Group email addresses can be shared and used by contacts outside of the organisation, as an individual’s personal email address details are hidden. It is really important that contact lists are kept up to date, so IEWM needs every network contact to help. Please advise Shelley Madley (smadley@westmidlandsiep.gov.uk) of any changes, (Leavers, New Starters, Change of Role, Change of Name, etc.) so that the Contact List and Distribution Groups are always completely up-to-date. Download

Systems Leadership 14th July '16 AGENDA

Posted on Tue, 02 Aug 2016 @ 16:15

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Systems Leadership Event 14th July '16 - The Theory and Practice of Systems Leadership by Jane Cryer

Posted on Tue, 02 Aug 2016 @ 15:50

The Theory and Practice of Systems Leadership - presentation by Jane Cryer Download

Systems Leadership Event 14th July '16 - Mental Health and Wellbeing Presentation by Sarah Norman

Posted on Tue, 02 Aug 2016 @ 15:39

Mental Health and Wellbeing Presentation by Sarah Norman Download

Systems Leadership Event 14th July '16 - West Midlands System Leadership Event ADASS/PHE Presentation by Lynne Bowers

Posted on Tue, 02 Aug 2016 @ 15:37

West Midlands System Leadership Event ADASS/PHE Presentation by Lynne Bowers Download

Systems Leadership Event 14th July '16 - A Coalition of the Willing

Posted on Tue, 02 Aug 2016 @ 15:10

A Coalition of the Willing: Public Health and Social Care working and leading together PDF Download

West Midlands in Context July 2016

Posted on Mon, 11 Jul 2016 @ 13:53

West Midlands in Context highlights a broad mix of reports, statistics and other material that has something to say about the West Midlands or that help provide a wider context to the work of councils and other organisations in the region. IN THIS ISSUE • EU Referendum - how the West Midlands voted • Some EU referendum issues for local government • Lessons from Northern Powerhouse studies • Household incomes and housing costs • Consultations and calls for evidence • Events Download

Complete Guide to Understanding the Importance of English and Maths in Education & Beyond

Posted on Thu, 16 Jun 2016 @ 13:54

A Complete Guide to Understanding the Importance of English and Maths in Education & Beyond - for young people Download

Numeracy Resources

Posted on Thu, 16 Jun 2016 @ 13:53

Useful Numeracy Skill Workshop for young people Download

IEWM Stocktake Paper and Consultation Paper – May 2016

Posted on Fri, 06 May 2016 @ 12:27

IEWM is currently consulting upon and considering options for the future delivery of the IEWM Programme, recognising both the challenges and opportunities for the Programme in the context of the substantially changing operating environment for the sector (devolution, health integration etc.). We are looking to explore and pursue options that could secure the future sustainability of the IEWM Programme (or elements of it), potentially to at least 2020 if the right solutions can be found. In doing so, we are seeking to explore a combination of options that would not only enable the ongoing sustainability of the IEWM programme but would also bring in valuable resources, capability, knowledge and capacity from a range of partners as we move forward. To help inform our future direction, we are keen to speak with as many of our stakeholders as possible and to test out the appetite of the sector and potential partners in respect of the potential options available. If you would like to find out more please read our consultation paper and if you are interested in speaking to a member of the IEWM team to let us have your views then please get in touch with SBanks@westmidlandsiep.gov.uk . Read the paper here: IEWM Stocktake and Consultation Paper – May 2016 All the best from the IEWM team Download

2016/17 Better Care Fund

Posted on Mon, 18 Jan 2016 @ 11:20

Policy Framework published by Department of Health and Department for Communities and Local Government in January 2016. Download

West Midlands SLI Bulletin No 8 - December 2015

Posted on Wed, 06 Jan 2016 @ 06:51

In here you will find a brief summary of just some of the Improvement work that is taking place in our region and details of who to contact if you would like to get involved. Our focus for the coming year is to further enhance our programme of activity and continue to develop our collective capacity to improve local public services through a credible and robust sector-led approach. Download

Appendices 2014

Posted on Mon, 30 Nov 2015 @ 09:15

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Waste Management Trends in the West Midlands 2013-14

Posted on Mon, 30 Nov 2015 @ 09:14

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Minutes of RTAB meeting - 23 April 2015

Posted on Mon, 30 Nov 2015 @ 09:13

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Waste Management Trends in the West Midlands Annual Monitoring Report 2011-12

Posted on Mon, 30 Nov 2015 @ 09:11

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Annual Monitoring Report Appendices

Posted on Mon, 30 Nov 2015 @ 09:11

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Annex to minutes - Copy of Duty to Cooperate - Walsall Draft Thresholds

Posted on Mon, 30 Nov 2015 @ 09:11

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West Midlands Resource Technical Advisory Body Terms of Reference

Posted on Mon, 30 Nov 2015 @ 09:10

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Minutes of RTAB meeting – 10th May 2012

Posted on Mon, 30 Nov 2015 @ 09:10

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Minutes of RTAB meeting – 12th March 2013

Posted on Mon, 30 Nov 2015 @ 09:10

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Minutes of RTAB meeting – 25th September 2013

Posted on Mon, 30 Nov 2015 @ 09:10

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Minutes of RTAB meeting – 25th September 2012

Posted on Mon, 30 Nov 2015 @ 09:10

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Minutes of RTAB meeting – 8th July 2013

Posted on Mon, 30 Nov 2015 @ 09:09

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Minutes of RTAB meeting - 24th January 2014

Posted on Mon, 30 Nov 2015 @ 09:09

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West Midlands RTAB and the Duty to Co-operate – Agreed Protocol (October 2014)

Posted on Mon, 30 Nov 2015 @ 09:09

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Minutes of RTAB meeting - 14th May 2014

Posted on Mon, 30 Nov 2015 @ 09:09

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Minutes of RTAB meeting - 24th September 2014

Posted on Mon, 30 Nov 2015 @ 09:09

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Creating a better care system

Creating a better care system

Posted on Mon, 29 Jun 2015 @ 11:28

This report produced for the LGA by EY is setting out key considerations for a reformed, sustainable Health, Wellbeing and Care system of the future. Download

Current and planned use of low warmed asphalt by West Midlands Highways Authorities

Current and planned use of low warmed asphalt by West Midlands Highways Authorities

Posted on Tue, 16 Jun 2015 @ 12:56

Sustainability West Midlands (SWM) were commissioned by Improvement and Efficiency West Midlands (IEWM) to conduct research with all 14 Highways Authorities in the West Midlands in order to understand their plans for the use of low warmed asphalt during the laying period in 2014 and then to review this use, along with plans for future use, in early 2015.A summary of the responses provided to each question is provided in this report. SWM were able to speak to 12 of the 14 highways authorities in the West Midlands. Download

Social Value Commissioning

Social Value Commissioning

Posted on Mon, 08 Jun 2015 @ 15:31

Platform for increasing the social value achieved by commissioning This site is dedicated to developing a shared understanding of how social value can be part of the commissioning process in the UK. Download

Stocktake of Health and Wellbeing Boards

Stocktake of Health and Wellbeing Boards

Posted on Mon, 08 Jun 2015 @ 15:15

This survey has been undertaken by IEWM and aimed to explore the current make up, priorities, relationships working and communications of the Health and Wellbeing Boards in the West Midlands region. Download

Next-generation social care: The role of e-marketplaces in empowering care users and transforming services

Next-generation social care: The role of e-marketplaces in empowering care users and transforming services

Posted on Mon, 08 Jun 2015 @ 09:06

E-marketplaces have the potential to radically transform social care services. Through interviews, case studies and original analysis, this report explores how they can – if done well – deliver personalised, innovative and integrated care. Download

Digital Councils

Digital Councils

Posted on Fri, 01 May 2015 @ 12:39

LGA hub on all things social media, developed in collaboration with comms2point0 Download

Inside out and upside down: community based approaches to social care prevention in a time of austerity

Inside out and upside down: community based approaches to social care prevention in a time of austerity

Posted on Mon, 20 Apr 2015 @ 11:53

The report describes six different initiatives undertaken by West Midlands local authorities who are moving into more preventative social care system that focuses on co-produced community based approach. Download

From the box bedroom to the boardroom: how social media is coming of age with care act

From the box bedroom to the boardroom: how social media is coming of age with care act

Posted on Thu, 16 Apr 2015 @ 13:23

The study carried out by comms2point0 on behalf of IEWM and WM ADASS, maps out the challenges that local government faces when they are communicating the Care Act changes.. Download

Update on MHA activities

Posted on Tue, 24 Mar 2015 @ 20:12

Presentation by Peter Barclay from the WMHA meeting held on 23 March 2015. Download

Use of low temperature asphalt

Posted on Tue, 24 Mar 2015 @ 20:11

Presentation by Sustainability West Midlands from the WMHA meeting held on 23 March 2015. Download

UKRLG Codes of Practice

Posted on Tue, 24 Mar 2015 @ 20:11

Presentation by Atkins from the WMHA meeting held on 23 March 2015. Download

Innovative Councils

Innovative Councils

Posted on Tue, 24 Mar 2015 @ 19:44

Local Government Association have launched their new innovative councils resource, a gateway to innovation case studies, learning and networking. The webpage brings together many of the innovative programmes that the LGA is working with councils on including a searchable database of examples. Download

February Issue of the WM ADCS Round Up

February Issue of the WM ADCS Round Up

Posted on Tue, 03 Mar 2015 @ 14:17

In this issue you can find information about upcoming events, Performance, WM ADCS Priorities 2015-16, Social Care Team Manager Training Programme and more. Download

Redesigning Health and Social Care: challenges and opportunities from an IT and digital perspective

Posted on Tue, 24 Feb 2015 @ 15:57

The idea for this summary and the material contained within it have been inspired and developed from a series of conferences and workshops in Autumn 2014 managed by Socitm for the Department of Health and supported by ADASS. Download

Making a Difference – on behalf of the Improving Futures Evaluation Team

Making a Difference – on behalf of the Improving Futures Evaluation Team

Posted on Tue, 24 Feb 2015 @ 09:32

On December 8 2014 an event was held to bring together practitioners, researches and policy-makers to explore what makes a difference when supporting vulnerable families. A learning booklet from the day has been lauched, which includes videos of the keynote speakers and slides from the workshops. Click on the link for more details. Download

Local Growth in Action - Issue 2

Posted on Tue, 17 Feb 2015 @ 11:42

This newsletter brings the latest news, announcements and achievements of local growth activities across the country. The bulletin aims to share updates from a wide range of Government and grass-roots programmes that are working toward local growth, and celebrate the achievements of some of the most enterprising local growth initiatives. This issue features news and information from the Liverpool City Region LEP, the Regional Growth Fund, the What Works Centre for Local Economic Growth and BIS Outreach. Download

West Midlands Resource Technical Advisory Body (RTAB)

Posted on Fri, 06 Feb 2015 @ 11:40

The West Midlands Resource Technical Advisory Body (RTAB) brings together professionals in the West Midlands with expertise and responsibilities in the sustainable management of material resources and strategic waste management planning. Download

'Must knows' for lead members for children's services 2014

Posted on Wed, 04 Feb 2015 @ 15:54

The 'Must knows' are a source of information and support for lead members for children's services (LMCS). The suite of information has been comprehensively revised for 2014 and focuses on the key issues facing lead members for children's services and the current and planned reforms impacting on children's services. Download

Parents and Carers Guide to the SEND Reforms

Posted on Wed, 04 Feb 2015 @ 15:50

A helpful guide outlining what is happening in the reforms. Download

Learning from Inspection: Presentation by Ofsted

Posted on Wed, 04 Feb 2015 @ 15:49

Presentation made by Ofsted’s National Director on learning from the Single Inspection Framework. Published 23 September 2014 Download

Birmingham Children’s Commission – report

Posted on Wed, 04 Feb 2015 @ 15:48

Report of the Birmingham Children’s Commission, chaired by Janet Grauberg. Download

Links between the Children and Families Act 2014 and the Care Act 2014

Posted on Wed, 04 Feb 2015 @ 15:46

Compiled by Jeanette Essex, Solihull MB Council Download

Adoption: Analysis of approaches to matching Adopters with Children waiting

Posted on Wed, 04 Feb 2015 @ 15:45

AdoptWestMids have produced a report looking at our LAs' approaches to matching Children with Adopters. The report shows there is a wealth of approaches, and that LAs are proactive in trying to find matches. Download

Deprivation and Inequalities in Children’s Services

Posted on Wed, 04 Feb 2015 @ 15:43

Walsall Council have produced an excel tool in order to produce local Deprivation and Inequalities in Children’s Services related charts and predictions. You can find it here and customise it for your own Local Authority. Download

Principal Social Workers – Practice Sharing Area

Posted on Wed, 04 Feb 2015 @ 15:36

Principal Social Workers in the region have agreed to share practice via the WM ADCS website. Click on the link for more information. Download

Early Help best practice examples from the region

Posted on Wed, 04 Feb 2015 @ 15:35

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Signatures of Risks

Posted on Wed, 04 Feb 2015 @ 15:34

Signatures of Risks produced by the National Children’s Improvement Board in May 2013 Download

Skills available through the Regional Capacity Builders Programme

Posted on Wed, 04 Feb 2015 @ 15:32

This graphic shows what skills we have available through the Regional Capacity Builders Programme. A searchable database is in development. Download

Joint LGA, Solace and ADCS summit: Tackling child sexual exploitation – 20 January 2015

Posted on Wed, 04 Feb 2015 @ 15:30

Following the Joint LGA, Solace and ADCS Summit in London last week (20 January 2015), presentations from the day have now been published and are available via the WM ADCS website. Download

See me, hear me – Dudley MBC/Chatback Production

Posted on Wed, 04 Feb 2015 @ 15:26

The project tackles the issue of sexual exploitation, exposing the vulnerability of children and the dangers of sexual exploitation and trafficking. Download

Redesigning health and social care; challenges and opportunities from an IT and digital perspective

Redesigning health and social care; challenges and opportunities from an IT and digital perspective

Posted on Mon, 26 Jan 2015 @ 15:38

Socitm has published a new guide to the information and technology challenges and opportunities arising from recent and forthcoming changes in health and social care. Download

Performance information that will help local authorities improve their safeguarding services.

Posted on Mon, 19 Jan 2015 @ 10:40

This framework sets out the nationally and locally collected data that will help local authorities assess the performance of their child protection and safeguarding services. Download

West Midlands SLI Bulletin No 7 – January 2015

Posted on Fri, 16 Jan 2015 @ 10:55

In here you will find a brief summary of just some of the Improvement work that is taking place in our region. Download

IEWM Newsletter Dec 2014

Posted on Fri, 16 Jan 2015 @ 10:54

December issue of the IEWM eBulletin Download

Coventry City Council Budget 2015-16

Posted on Thu, 08 Jan 2015 @ 12:05

Coventry City Council Communications Team made a short video to help explain some of the budget challenges they face. The video is being used as part of this year’s budget consultation. Download

LGA - Digital Experts funded programme

Posted on Mon, 29 Dec 2014 @ 10:52

The objective of this programme is to enable more councils use the technology and digital tools and approaches already successfully applied by their peers. Download

State of Readiness Barometer

Posted on Thu, 27 Nov 2014 @ 16:02

The State of Readiness Barometer is a tool which is part of the West Midlands’ core ‘offer’ to support local councils, health and wellbeing boards and local partners to do better. The Barometer can be used flexibly by organisations and disciplines. It provides shares lessons and learning about ‘what works’, identifies areas for further development and thematic areas for collaboration. Download

Members of IEWM Board

Posted on Thu, 13 Nov 2014 @ 10:53

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Buy for Good: Energy Efficiency Procurement Solutions which Deliver Social Value

Posted on Tue, 11 Nov 2014 @ 13:39

Public Sector bodies and Green Deal Providers can access a high quality, pre-approved supply chain for energy efficiency building retrofit solutions and energy efficiency consultancy and energy efficiency services, by using the Buy For Good Frameworks available from April 2013. Download

Catalogue of Provision

Posted on Thu, 30 Oct 2014 @ 15:08

The Catalogue brings together existing local, regional and national offers on leadership, culture change, sector-led improvement and organisational development. It also includes networks operating locally, regionally and nationally, including professional networks that have a role in supporting and developing public health and social care. Download

Needs Analysis Report - executive summary

Posted on Thu, 30 Oct 2014 @ 15:07

This report presents an analysis of the views of over 150 participants representing upper tier and district councils, Clinical Commissioning Groups, Public Health England, Local Healthwatch, DH, the NHS and third sector organisations about the leadership and culture change challenges and needs of local councils and Health and Wellbeing Boards within the West Midlands. Download

Needs Analysis Report - final draft

Posted on Thu, 30 Oct 2014 @ 15:06

This report presents an analysis of the views of over 150 participants representing upper tier and district councils, Clinical Commissioning Groups, Public Health England, Local Healthwatch, DH, the NHS and third sector organisations about the leadership and culture change challenges and needs of local councils and Health and Wellbeing Boards within the West Midlands. Download

‘Delivering Waste Efficiencies in the West Midlands

Posted on Wed, 29 Oct 2014 @ 14:55

The report highlights the current state of the region, annual and projected efficiency savings gained through projects undertaken by the WM Authorities but also opportunities for further improvements and transferability. It has been produced to celebrate and share the success of the programme with colleagues regionally and nationally and to encourage them to take up the opportunities identified within their own councils. The West Midlands Waste Programme came to an end in December 2012. Download

Telford & Wrekin School Catering review

Posted on Wed, 29 Oct 2014 @ 14:41

This assignment was delivered to review Telford & Wrekin’s schools/commercial catering service and home care service to help the transition from a subsidised provider of service to one of a commercial operation. Download

Review of Birmingham City Council’s Adoption Service

Posted on Wed, 29 Oct 2014 @ 14:40

The research provided insight into the perception of families experience with the BCC adoption service, and highlighted opportunities to improve outcomes, to challenge conventional wisdom through the eyes of the customer and offer a different perspective. The outcomes of this short piece of research are being followed up by the Council. Download

Enhanced Collaborative Working for Planning Specialist Services in Worcestershire

Posted on Wed, 29 Oct 2014 @ 14:39

The project was seeking to enhance collaborative working arrangements and service delivery across a range of specialist services which currently operate in support of the Worcestershire partner authority’s primary environmental planning function. Download

Wolverhampton Mental Health Residential & Nursing Care Project, third party challenge

Posted on Wed, 29 Oct 2014 @ 14:37

The purpose of the project was to reduce the financial overspend of mental health financial planning including the pooled budget. The project was also to improve the micro and macro commissioning that was undertaken by staff to ensure individuals are accessing the least restrictive and quality placement that offers value for money. In addition it was to support staff to change their purchasing activity and also provide opportunities for invest to save activity, within care purchasing arrangements and in care provision. Download

Telford & Wrekin – Transformation through Co-operation

Posted on Wed, 29 Oct 2014 @ 14:35

Telford & Wrekin Council was looking for support around ways to further communicate and engage with the community about what a Co-operative Council/Borough is about and how the community could get involved. Of particular interest was any relevant best practice and innovative approaches to communication and engagement that have been used successfully by other organisations and that could be used to increase the community’s understanding, awareness of and involvement in a Co-operative Council/Borough setting. Download

Children's Services Single Assessment Processes

Posted on Wed, 29 Oct 2014 @ 14:34

This assignments was delivered on behalf of WM ADCS network to determine what work is taking place within the region and nationally around implementing a single assessment process for understanding Children and family needs. The project identified good practice both regionally and nationally and, through its recommendations, is assisting with developing options for a way forward in the region to the single assessment process. Download

Multi Agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH) Research

Posted on Wed, 29 Oct 2014 @ 14:32

IEWM was asked by the MASH Pilot team in Birmingham to lead an evaluation of their pilot work with purpose of ‘assessing the effectiveness of the MASH approach in improving outcomes for children and young people’. A pilot MASH approach to delivering a shared service, focussed on safeguarding children, had been delivered between the Police family protection unit and Birmingham Children’s and Adult Mental Health Services in the southern locality of Birmingham. Download

Supporting People’s Services in Worcestershire

Posted on Wed, 29 Oct 2014 @ 14:30

This report summarises the work of the review conducted by Impact Change Solutions Ltd on behalf of Worcestershire County Council and IEWM. The report is in three parts: section one provides brief contextual information about Supporting People services in Worcestershire; the second section describes the methodology for the review and summarises its main findings based on discussion, observation and a review of the relevant documents supplied; and section three presents a future view of housing related support services in Worcestershire based on the conclusions from the review and an analysis of alternative models of housing related care and support in England. Download

Strategic Alliance between Warwickshire & Northamptonshire Fire & Rescue Services

Posted on Wed, 29 Oct 2014 @ 14:27

Warwickshire FRS was seeking short-term support to progress a strategic alliance with Northamptonshire FRS. The alliance was in its infancy so the work involved producing business cases on potential areas of collaboration, potential for strategic commissioning, new models of service delivery, procurement, opportunities for efficiencies and service improvement and quality assurance on benefits realisation. Download

Associate Framework - completed projects

Posted on Wed, 29 Oct 2014 @ 14:20

This is a full list of all the completed projects delivered to date via the IEWM Associate Framework. Each has a short description and a link to any associated resource that is available for sharing. Download

Associate Framework brochure

Posted on Wed, 29 Oct 2014 @ 14:16

Following the completion of a fully OJEU compliant commissioning process, this offer provides access to a bank of quality assured Associates able to work with your organisation to implement bespoke improvement programmes across a range of themes, as identified through discussions with Chief Executives, Leaders and senior officers in the region. Download

North Warwickshire Server Visualisation Project

Posted on Wed, 29 Oct 2014 @ 14:11

North Warwickshire Borough Council were undertaking a large project to replace failing heating, lighting, cabling, network, telephone and power systems. The size of their server room needed to be halved and energy use and costs had to be halved. It was a one off opportunity to make major changes. The Council received £35,000 from IEWM to part fund a server virtualisation project. Download

IEWM official YouTube channel

Posted on Wed, 29 Oct 2014 @ 14:03

View all of the latest videos from Improvement and Efficiency West Midlands. Download

Rewiring Public Services - West Midlands

Posted on Wed, 29 Oct 2014 @ 13:58

Watch this short video to hear from our conference participants, find out if they enjoyed the event and why. Download

Bromsgrove District and Redditch Borough Councils service transformation

Posted on Wed, 29 Oct 2014 @ 13:57

Redditch Borough and Bromsgrove District Councils are continuing to roll out their transformation projects as the financial challenges continue to grip local government. Download

Transcend - Cohort 2

Posted on Wed, 29 Oct 2014 @ 13:56

Some thoughts about the programme from participants joining Cohort 2 Download

Transcend - the importance of the programme's design

Posted on Wed, 29 Oct 2014 @ 13:55

Sue Banks (IEWM) and Rebecca Davis (West Midlands Employers) discuss the importance of the programme's design. Download

Transcend Leadership Programme

Posted on Wed, 29 Oct 2014 @ 13:54

Transcend sponsors, facilitators and participants give their views about their hopes and expectations from the programme and their experiences to date. Download

Transcend - Cohort 1

Posted on Wed, 29 Oct 2014 @ 13:53

Some thoughts about the programme from participants completing Cohort 1. Download

Rugby Borough Council Service Transformation using Systems Thinking Approach

Posted on Wed, 29 Oct 2014 @ 13:49

Watch this video case study to hear from Rugby Borough Council's Executive Director, Andrew Gabbitas and colleagues from the Council's housing servcies who have shared their thoughts about how the transformation projects and reviews have been affecting the staff, their customers and their overall perception of the services provided byt the Council. Download

Locality working in Herefordshire

Posted on Wed, 29 Oct 2014 @ 13:42

This case study highlights Herefordshire Council’s experience of locality working. Taking this initiative forward has been both exciting and challenging and has required the Council and its partners to significantly change the way they work. We recognise that we are still learning and at the early stages of this journey, but there is a willingness to succeed. Download

West Midlands SLI Bulletin No. 1 – November 2013

Posted on Wed, 29 Oct 2014 @ 13:13

This is the first of a series of regular bulletins which aims to provide colleagues with a flavour of the Sector Led Improvement activity taking place across the West Midlands. The bulletin has been developed on behalf of the newly established West Midlands Sector Led Improvement Steering Group, set up to champion and challenge collective performance and progress on behalf of the region. Download

Sector Led Improvement brochure (May 2013)

Posted on Wed, 29 Oct 2014 @ 12:32

Councils across the West Midlands are embracing the Sector Led Improvement (SLI) agenda with real commitment and enthusiasm. Our approach builds upon the key principles set out in the LGA’s ‘Taking the Lead’ and (we believe) we are the only region in England to be collaborating to improve services and outcomes for local people in this way. Download

West Midlands Sector Led Improvement Compact (May 2013)

Posted on Wed, 29 Oct 2014 @ 11:42

This Compact is a voluntary agreement between all of the 33 councils that make up the West Midlands region. It sets out the agreed areas and activities in which our councils will work together to support Sector Led Improvement. Download

IEWM Microsite

Posted on Wed, 29 Oct 2014 @ 11:36

This site is used during our events and conferences. Here you’ll be able to follow posts and tweets, add comments and ask questions, watch video (when available) and follow links to presentations, photographs and other content. Download

IEWM Board Meeting Minutes - 07.10.14

Posted on Wed, 29 Oct 2014 @ 11:31

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IEWM Board Meeting Minutes - 12.06.14

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IEWM Board Meeting Minutes - 11.02.14

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IEWM Board Meeting Minutes - 10.10.13

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IEWM Board Meeting Minutes - 13.06.13

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IEWM Board Meeting Minutes - 12.02.13

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IEWM Board Meeting Minutes - 15.10.12

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IEWM Board Meeting Minutes - 21.06.12

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IEWM Board Meeting Minutes - 21.02.12

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IEWM Board Meeting Minutes - 17.10.11

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IEWM Board Meeting Minutes - 25.05.11

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IEWM Board Meeting Minutes - 26.01.11

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IEWM Board Meeting Minutes - 28.10.10

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IEWM Board Meeting Minutes - 22.07.10

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IEWM Board Meeting Minutes - 29.04.10

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IEWM Board Meeting Minutes - 21.01.10

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IEWM Board Meeting Minutes - 29.10.09

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IEWM Board Meeting Minutes - 23.07.09

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IEWM Board Meeting Minutes - 23.04.09

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IEWM Board Meeting Minutes - 22.01.09

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IEWM Board Meeting Minutes - 23.10.08

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IEWM Board Meeting Minutes - 17.07.08

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IEWM Board Meeting Minutes - 17.04.08

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National Improvement and Efficiency Strategy 2008-11 (Archived)

Posted on Mon, 20 Oct 2014 @ 15:37

The West Midlands RIEP was set up in April 2008 following the publication of the National Improvement and Efficiency Strategy (NIES) by the Department for Communities and Local Government. The strategy devolved £185m of Improvement and Efficiency funding from Central Government over the years 2008-11 to the nine Regional Improvement and Efficiency Partnerships (RIEPs) and outlined plans to simplify the improvement architecture, making it easier for councils and partnerships to access the support they require. Download

WM ADCS website

Posted on Mon, 20 Oct 2014 @ 15:28

IEWM works closely with the West Midlands Association of Directors of Children’s Services (WM ADCS) which represents all 14 authorities in the West Midlands with a responsibility for Children’s Services. Visit West Midlands ADCS dedicated webpage for latest resources and details about their current regional activity. Download

Commissioning Toolkit Supporting Information 2

Posted on Mon, 20 Oct 2014 @ 15:15

The objective of the Contract Management Toolkit, developed by Sheffield City Council, is to act as an enabler in assisting Local Authorities (and other Public Sector organisations) in the identification and application of contract management processes that are relevant dependent on the size and risk of a contract. Download

Commissioning Toolkit Supporting Information 1

Posted on Mon, 20 Oct 2014 @ 15:14

The objective of the Contract Management Toolkit, developed by Sheffield City Council, is to act as an enabler in assisting Local Authorities (and other Public Sector organisations) in the identification and application of contract management processes that are relevant dependent on the size and risk of a contract. Download

Commissioning Toolkit

Posted on Mon, 20 Oct 2014 @ 15:13

The objective of the Contract Management Toolkit, developed by Sheffield City Council, is to act as an enabler in assisting Local Authorities (and other Public Sector organisations) in the identification and application of contract management processes that are relevant dependent on the size and risk of a contract. Download

Procurement Toolkit

Posted on Mon, 20 Oct 2014 @ 15:12

The objective of the Contract Management Toolkit, developed by Sheffield City Council, is to act as an enabler in assisting Local Authorities (and other Public Sector organisations) in the identification and application of contract management processes that are relevant dependent on the size and risk of a contract. Download

2014 EU Directives

Posted on Mon, 20 Oct 2014 @ 14:47

The 2014 EU Procurement Directives have been adopted by the EU institutions and came into force on 17 April 2014. EU member states now have 2 years to implement them in national legislation. The UK government is aiming to implement these directives quickly to benefit as soon as possible from the improved flexibilities they offer. Download

Crown Commercial Services

Posted on Mon, 20 Oct 2014 @ 14:46

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Cabinet Office Commissioning Academy

Posted on Mon, 20 Oct 2014 @ 14:45

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WM ADASS website

Posted on Mon, 20 Oct 2014 @ 14:39

IEWM works closely with the West Midlands’ branch of the Association of Directors of Adult Social Services (ADASS) and has a Joint Improvement Programme that provides support to councils in the region through a sector led approach. Visit West Midlands ADASS dedicated webpage for latest resources and details about their current regional activity. Download

Associate Framework web portal

Posted on Mon, 20 Oct 2014 @ 14:38

Management of the IEWM Associate Framework is via a web portal via which commissioners are able to access subject matter experts in each of the above themes. Download

WM Jobs

Posted on Mon, 20 Oct 2014 @ 14:36

Within the West Midlands 29 public sector organisations utilise the service to: exclusively advertise all vacancies; deliver manager self-service of the recruitment and appointment process; pro-actively manage redeployment deliver all Criminal Records checking. Download

West Midlands Employers

Posted on Mon, 20 Oct 2014 @ 14:34

West Midlands Employers offers a range of services aimed at local councils and the wider public sector to support performance improvement at both an individual and organisational level, helping you to make the best use of your greatest resource - your people. Download

Best by West Midlands

Posted on Mon, 20 Oct 2014 @ 14:33

This White Paper provides a snap shot of some of the great work being done in the West Midlands and highlights the potential to use social media to transform the way that citizens see and interact with council services and officers. The microsite and the white paper provide best practice case studies from the towns, cities and villages across the West Midlands. Download

West Midlands Procurement Hub

Posted on Mon, 20 Oct 2014 @ 14:29

West Midlands Procurement Hub is designed for Procurement colleagues and those who are involved in sourcing and awarding contracts within the 33 Local Authorities, Fire & Police Forces across the West Midlands region. The Hub contains in excess of 250 pre-procured live frameworks available for regional participation ranging from provisions such as Office Commodities, IT, complete Facility Management Solutions, Vehicles (purchase and hire) to Construction. Download

West Midlands SLI Bulletin No. 6 - September 2014

Posted on Mon, 20 Oct 2014 @ 14:26

The latest edition of the West Midlands SLI Bulletin with the most recent activities and updates from across the region. Download

West Midlands SLI Bulletin No. 5 - June 2014

Posted on Mon, 20 Oct 2014 @ 14:23

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West Midlands SLI Bulletin No. 4 - March 2014

Posted on Mon, 20 Oct 2014 @ 14:22

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West Midlands SLI Bulletin No. 3 – February 2014

Posted on Mon, 20 Oct 2014 @ 14:21

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West Midlands SLI Bulletin No. 2 - January 2014

Posted on Mon, 20 Oct 2014 @ 14:20

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Sandwell MASH delivers improvements for children's services - case study

Posted on Mon, 20 Oct 2014 @ 14:14

In December 2012 SMBC brought in private company iMPOWER to help drive improvements across children’s services alongside SMBC. As part of the overall improvement programme the need for a Multi Agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH) was identified. The aim of creating a MASH was to deliver improved safeguarding and child protection decisions, specifically for children and victims of domestic abuse, through better informed decision making due to improved information sharing by partners, to ensure timely and proportionate interventions which meet the needs of vulnerable children and adults. Download

West Midlands Property Alliance Low Carbon Management Programme

Posted on Mon, 20 Oct 2014 @ 14:11

This report highlights a number of areas in which authorities in the West Midlands have successfully taken on the challenge of reducing energy use and working more sustainably in this very difficult economic climate. The experience of the projects featured in this report shows that significant cost and carbon savings were achieved in many cases from fairly small levels of investment. Download

Rebuilding our local economies. How West Midlands councils are using assets for growth.

Posted on Mon, 20 Oct 2014 @ 14:04

This report was produced by Local Partnerships who conducted a study to understand how the councils had used their property portfolio and other assets to stimulate growth in their local economies. The report captures some of the most exciting initiatives of councils stepping up to the challenge of being the major catalyst for economic growth and regeneration in their place. Download

The Way Forward: Transforming Local Government Property Asset Management 2010 - 2014

Posted on Mon, 20 Oct 2014 @ 13:54

This 2014 publication brings to a conclusion the work of WMPA and the associated supporting programme of the last four years and celebrates the work undertaken across the region. Download

Delivering Highways Efficiencies in the West Midlands

Posted on Mon, 20 Oct 2014 @ 13:52

This publication highlights the work and successes achieved by the West Midlands Highway Alliance (WMHA), since its formation in the summer of 2007 and provides a list of 24 case studies from across the region. Supported by over £0.7 million of Improvement and Efficiency West Midlands (IEWM), the programme has delivered over £25 million of efficiencies to date and is on course to deliver £47 million by October 2015, together with a range of significant service improvements. Download

National Procurement Strategy for Local Government in England 2014

Posted on Mon, 20 Oct 2014 @ 13:48

National Advisory Group for Local Government Procurement, together with the Local Government Association launched the National Procurement Strategy for Local Government in England. This strategy sets out a vision for local government procurement and encourages all councils in England to engage with the delivery of outcomes in four key areas: Making Savings, Supporting Local Economies, Leadership and Modernising Procurement. The strategy is fully endorsed by the Local Government Association’s Improvement and Innovation Board. National Advisory Group owns the strategy and is responsible for overseeing it’s implementation including preparation of periodic update reports. Download