Partners in Care and Health: February 2024

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LGA and ADASS are Partners in Care and Health, supporting councils to improve the way they deliver adult social care and public health services.

February 2024

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Digital switchover business case template

By next year, most telephone providers will have moved their customers from old analogue landlines over to new upgraded landline services using digital technology. In addition, many mobile network providers have begun phasing out 3G networks. The switchover has serious implications for adult social care and vulnerable residents, who may not have an internet connection or mobile phone.

The Digital switchover business case document has been created, with input from councils, to support you to develop your own business case for the migration of telecare services from analogue to digital within your council. This guide provides a framework to help your council in its decision making process. It encourages you to think about risks, benefits and costs that may occur.

Access the Digital switchover business case

Better Care Fund Support Programme - blogs and learning lunches

We've reintroduced our successful learning lunches for health and social care system leads. The learning lunches will provide space from 12.00pm – 1.00pm on a regular basis to hear from a range of health and social care experts and systems, covering sector challenges and sharing relevant good practice.

In the first learning lunch of the new series, John Bolton OBE, former Visiting Professor at Oxford Brookes University, will discuss the 'Discharge to recover and then assess' model and why all systems should be adopting this approach.

Sign up to join the learning lunch.

You can also read John's blog on the importance of intermediate care for older people at the point of discharge from acute hospital. We will be publishing blogs by our team and sector improvement partners on a regular basis focussing on the challenges and opportunities facing the sector and aimed at health and care leads. Follow this page for other BCF Support Programme blogs.

Ordinary residence for Care Act and Mental Health Act responsibilities

Many people supported by councils have experienced complex care and support arrangements, over many years, in different geographical areas. 

These complexities can be challenging for staff in then determining the council's financial responsibilities for people.

The Local Government Association has refreshed its guide aimed at supporting local authorities with the task of determining ordinary residence. Its aim is to support councils to minimise disputes and promote collaborative local resolution.

Read the refreshed Ordinary residence guide

Promoting flexible working webinar

4 March 2024, 11.00am – 12.00pm | Virtual

Flexible working is one of the most sought after work-based benefits. We’ve captured learning from social care teams to shape our new 'how to' tools.  We’ll share the learning with you and give you the chance to hear directly from some of the people who are making flexible working work in councils. 

Promoting flexible working webinar

What good looks like for care and health career academies and values-based recruitment campaigns

28 February, 6 and 12 March 2024, 11:00am – 12:30pm | Virtual

We're holding a webinar exploring the insights from council-led values-based recruitment campaigns in adult social care on Wednesday (28 February). Sign up to the values-based recruitment campaign webinar.

In addition, next month we're holding two webinars which will share insights and lessons from councils who have established career academies and explore our toolkit and maturity matrix. 

Care and health career academies are partnerships between health and care organisations in a particular area. They offer job advice, career guidance and development, apprenticeships, and opportunities to those interested in pursuing health and social care careers.

Sign up to career academy webinar on 6 March or 12 March.

Diverse by Design for adult social care: Reset, refresh, reimagine

5 March 2024, 1.30pm - 3.00pm | Virtual

In this webinar we will share ideas, practical examples, and lessons relating to the early impact of our work with Diverse by Design for adult social care.

If you are enthusiastic about supporting a diverse and inclusive adult social care workforce in a council or are involved in the recruitment and retention of a diverse and inclusive workforce, then book your free place on the webinar.

Book the Diverse by Design webinar

Feedback from the national roundtable: Understanding and managing waiting lists in adult social care

7 March 2024, 12.00pm - 1.30pm | Virtual

Colleagues from national bodies, councils, people with lived experienced and other sector partners will take part in the national roundtable event on monitoring and measuring adult social care waiting lists this Thursday (29 February). Among they'll discuss is what we're trying to achieve as a sector in relation to adult social care waiting lists and what are our priorities are.

At this follow-up webinar, which all are welcome to join, we'll summarise and discuss key conclusions from this upcoming roundtable.

Sign up to the national roundtable feedback webinar

Co-production event - an in-depth look with a focus on people with a learning disability and autistic people

15 March 2024, 10.45am - 3.30pm | Smith Square, London

Experts by experience Jez Harris and Isaac Samuels will co-host this all-day in-person event which will take an in-depth look at co-production, with keynote speeches from Beverley Tarka, ADASS President, and Rebecca Bauers, Director for people with a learning disability and autistic people, Care Quality Commission.

This event is a follow up to our Co-production in action webinar last November. Places are limited so please complete the booking form to submit your expression of interest if you would like to come along.

We will contact you to let you know if you have secured a place.

Homelessness and safeguarding webinar

20 March 2024, 2.00 – 4.00pm | Virtual

Speakers will provide insights, inspiration, and challenge to support improvement and change in how people experiencing homelessness are safeguarded. Sign up for the homelessness and safeguarding webinar.

Check your offer for people with a learning disability

We are currently refreshing our Supporting adults with a learning disability to have better lives framework and we have developed a very short survey tool that councils can fill in to check how their offer for people with a learning disability compares nationally and regionally. If you would like to try out this new survey tool please contact

Healthcare Excellence Through Technology conference

28 February 2024 | Manchester Central

Our Care and Health Improvement Adviser, Steve Peddie and Senior Adviser, Hannah Gill will be speaking at the Healthcare Excellence Through Technology Show on Wednesday (28 February) in Manchester.

Hannah will be discussing 'Navigating the digital frontier and unlocking what is possible', while our Care and Health Improvement Adviser, Steve Peddie will discuss 'Driving better collaboration across the ecosystem and prioritising care'.

If you work for the NHS, charities and wider public sector, register for your free ticket.


Safe care at home webinar
28 February 2024, 2.00 - 4.00pm | Virtual event

What good looks like for values-based recruitment campaigns in adult social care
28 February 2024, 11.00am-12.30pm | Virtual event

No Wrong Doors for young carers - a review and research
29 February 2024, 10.00am - 12.00pm | Virtual event

Personalised care and support for people experiencing mental health challenges
1 March 2024, 9.30am-1.30pm | Virtual event

Promoting flexible working
4 March 2024, 11.00-12.00pm | Virtual event

Diverse by Design for adult social care: Reset, refresh, reimagine
Tuesday 5 March 2023, 1.30pm - 3.00pm | Virtual event

What good looks like for care and health career academies
6 March 2024, 11.00am-12.30pm | Virtual event

Smith Square debate: AI risks, rewards and councils readiness
7 March 2024, 5.15pm - 7.00pm | Hybrid event

What good looks like for care and health career academies
12 March 2024, 11.00am-12.30pm | Virtual event

Adult social care information and advice: Co-producing and improving communication
13 March 2024 | Virtual event

Homelessness and safeguarding webinar
20 March 2024, 2.00 – 4.00pm | Virtual event

LGA Annual Conference and Exhibition 
2 - 4 July 2024 | Harrogate Convention Centre

National Children and Adult Services Conference
27 - 29 November 2024 | Liverpool ACC

For more information about these and other health-related events go to our Events page.


A quarterly dashboard on international recruitment
Skills for Care

A quarterly dashboard in filled posts, as well as the starter, turnover and vacancy rate, in each Integrated Care Board area
Skills for Care

Preparing for adulthood: Young people with a learning disability and autistic young people

The Care Act 2014 and unpaid carers: a handy summary

Learning from Life and Death Reviews of people with a learning disability and autistic people

Net migration measures - further details
Home office

Health scrutiny and the new reconfiguration arrangements
Centre for Governance and Scrutiny

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