Partners in Care and Health: April 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.

April 2024

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Reducing restrictive practice

Essentials for commissioners of social care support for people with a learning disability and autistic people

Councils have duties, under the Care Act 2014, for safeguarding people who may not be able to protect themselves from the risk of harm due to their care and support needs. Successive investigations have shown that restrictive practices cause significant risk for people in health and care services.

Our new briefing ‘Reducing Restrictive Practice’ aims to help commissioners of social care services for people with a learning disability and autistic people recognise the restrictive practice and understand the requirements for social care providers, including the Care Quality Commission (CQC) requirements.

Read 'Reducing restrictive practice' briefing

Top tips and key actions for collaborative partnership working across mental health services

Councils and integrated care systems play vital roles in supporting and improving outcomes for people with mental illnesses and their carers.

Following extensive discussion and engagement, and drawing on previous work we've commissioned, we have co-developed a set of top tips and key actions which aims to support effective collaborative partnership working in the planning and delivery of community mental health services.

Read our top tips and key actions 

Learning from the Care Quality Commission (CQC) pilots for principal social workers

Principal social workers (PSWs) have a key role to play in the CQC assessments of adult social care. Our new publication summarises the experiences of Ian Redfern, PSW for Warwickshire County Council who was part of the CQC team for Lincolnshire County Council and Suffolk County Council and Charmaine Malcolm, Principal Child and Family Social Worker, London Borough of Bromley.

It also includes feedback from a short survey sent out to PSWs, alongside discussions with Hannah Scaife and Sarah Range, co-chairs of the Adult Principal Social Workers Network.

In addition, we will shortly be publishing a set of practical resources to help PSWs prepare for CQC assessment. 

Access Learning from the CQC pilots for PSWs

BCF Support Programme – Learning lunches

Wednesday 17 April 2024, 12.00pm – 1.00pm, virtual

Continuing the Better Care Fund Support Programme learning lunches, Gareth Jenkins and Rajvee Purohit from Changeology will discuss the terms 'capacity' and 'demand' which are increasingly becoming a part of the health and social care vocabulary. 

Join us at the webinar where Gareth and Rajvee will demonstrate how they have helped address capacity and demand issues by analysing the complexities and variations needed to run a successful service. 

Capacity and demand learning lunch

You can also catch up on Gareth's blog for our Better Care Fund support programme on the challenges of capacity and demand planning: 'We need to acknowledge capacity and demand is complex'. 

Second Safeguarding Adults Review analysis 2019-2023 webinar

14 May 2024,  10.00am – 12.00pm

Join us for this webinar, where we will present the results of the second national analysis of safeguarding adult reviews in England. We have analysed in detail the types of abuse and neglect, and the nature of adult safeguarding concerns as reported in 652 reviews.

This analysis will offer both a regional and a national perspective. Some comparisons will be made with the first national analysis. The webinar will also present the findings and recommendations from a stratified sample of 229 reviews across five domains and suggestions will be offered for improvement priorities.

Book your place on the SAR analysis webinar

High cost placement negotiations workshops

25 April, 10.00am to 12.00pm and 1 May, 1.00pm - 3.00pm

All councils across the country are facing pressures around rising costs in relation to the care and support they commission. Support and advice is needed to help councils manage high-cost care home and supported living placements, where there is often little clarity and transparency about how the overall fee rate for these placements is reached, compared to other forms of support.

Following sessions run in March 2024, we've commissioned iESE (who own the carecubed costing tool) to run another two sessions, which are open to all councils to attend, free of charge. 

Book your place on 25 April session or 1 May session.

Digitalisation training for service leaders and managers in public health

16 and 17 April 2024, 9.30am - 4.00pm, Virtual

Join us to hear insights from across the sector, including how councils are using digital tools and data to deliver preventative interventions that save money and improve outcomes and to understand the key foundations needed to ensure Return on Investment in relation to technology decisions.

Places are limited, with a maximum of 60. Attendees must attend both sessions. Sign up to this digitalisation two-day training.

TEC Action Alliance - New report

Alongside a wide range of organisations, we worked with researcher Dr Sarah Alden for the TEC Action Alliance, to delve into the heart of what individuals truly seek from digital care services and devices for a new report.

'Implementing TEC so we can all live gloriously ordinary lives' places the preferences and needs of individuals, families, and unpaid carers at the forefront of technology-enabled care (TEC) development. It identifies nine pillars of digital care and urges commissioners and housing providers to reflect these principles in their procurement processes. 

Buckland Review of Autism Employment

The Buckland Review of Autism Employment has now been published. Commissioned by Secretary of State for Work and Pensions Mel Stride and led by Sir Robert Buckland KC, the review's 19 recommendations for businesses and government include encouraging career progression by developing packages of training focused on autistic staff and improving recruitment by ensuring career advisers can provide appropriate advice to autistic job seekers.

High Court rules on responsibility for accommodating asylum seekers with care needs

In a recent case, the High Court found that Croydon Council acted unlawfully by failing to provide accommodation to a person seeking asylum with care and support needs.

The Reasonable Adjustment Digital Flag Action Checklist: What you need to do to achieve compliance

Organisations are being asked to prepare to conform to requirements of phase one of the Reasonable Adjustment Digital Flag Information Standard from this month. The standard applies to all health and publicly funded social care, including across NHS and independent providers, social care (as providers) as well as independent contractors such as GPs and dentists. It also impacts all health and care IT system suppliers.

To support this, NHS England has prepared a checklist, so organisations can ensure that processes are in place to identify, record, flag, share, meet and review and update reasonable adjustment needs on their own systems and records. There is also an accompanying good practice resource package .

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


Digitalisation training for service leaders and managers in public health
16 - 17 April 2024, 9.30am - 4.00pm | Virtual

BCF Support Programme – Learning lunches
17 April 2024, 12.00pm - 1.00pm | Virtual

High cost placement negotiations workshops
25 April, 10.00am - 12.00pm and 1 May, 1.00pm - 3.00pm | Virtual

Neuroinclusion in the workplace, a guide with Neurobox
Thursday 25 April 2024, 10.30am - 11.45am

BCF Support Programme Learning Lunch - Virtual Event
Wednesday 1 May 2024, 12.00pm - 1.00pm

Second safeguarding adults review analysis
14 May 2024,  10.00am - 12.00pm | Virtual

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.


Adult social care training and development fund
Department of Health and Social Care

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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