Partners in Care and Health: May 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.

May 2024

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Principal Social Workers: a practical resource and series of webinars

Principal social workers (PSWs) are a key contributor in the Care Quality Commission (CQC) local authority assessment process.

Our new 'A practical resource to help PSWs prepare for CQC assessment' outlines the approach the CQC takes to determine its lines of enquiry and provides guidance notes and a framework to help structure your thinking. It follows our publication Learning from the Care Quality Commission pilots for principal social workers.

Read 'A practical resource for PSWs'

In addition, we will be holding two webinars focusing on the central role of PSWs in the CQC assessment process. These online events will share practical insights and lessons from PSWs who have been through a CQC assessment. The webinars will take place 12 June from 10.00am to 11.00am, and 1 July from 11.00am to 12.00pm. Book on 12 June and 1 July webinars.

CQC assessments of adult social care – the communications response

This resource looks at how strategic communications should play a significant role in managing a successful CQC assessment of adult social care provision at your council – and gives you an introduction to how to plan and deliver communications well during the assessment.

The content is based on existing good practice but also on the very recent experience of councils who were part of the Government’s initial pilots or have started their assessment journey.

Access the communications response resource

Achieving excellence in person centred discharge from inpatient mental health settings webinar 

11 June 2024, 12.00PM–1.30pm

This webinar will focus on practical actions and opportunities to improve person centred, timely discharge from mental health inpatient settings and the key role of social care professionals in this process.

The webinar will introduce the new guidance as well as provide an opportunity to share learning from Cumbria, Northumberland, Tyne & Wear NHS Foundation Trust.

Book on the achieving excellence webinar

Care and health career academies community of practice

We're establishing a national Community of Practice (CoP) for care and health career academies.

The CoP will provide a space for academies to meet, network and provide peer support. It will support sector-led improvement by sharing information, challenges, models of good practice, and supporting problem solving to improve recruitment and retention in adult social care.

For further information or to join the CoP, contact 

New adult social care workforce report in LG Inform

We have developed a local adult social care workforce report in LG Inform. The report is designed to highlight some of the key headline measures drawn from the Skills for Care workforce intelligence for councils and registered care providers, and complement the more detailed interactive SfC workforce intelligence visualisations.

A learning disability and autism team online practice exchange

17 June 2024, 1.00PM-3.00PM

Join us for our first online practice exchange, where we'll share and discuss the different levels of transitional need for autistic children and young people, and children and young people with a learning disability when leaving children’s services.

We'll discuss current practice in this area and what is working and what could be possible. It will link professionals working with this cohort together to promote cross area practice and ideas sharing.

Book on to our exchange

The Care Act 2014: Ten years on from Royal Assent

A decade on since the Care Act received Royal Assent, a range of senior and expert colleagues reflect on what has been achieved and the challenges ahead in a new publication by the LGA.

We hear from four Ministers from the time, Chief Executive of the NHS Confederation, Matthew Taylor, Research Director at IPSOS Mori, Dr Margaret Blake and Chief Executive of Barnsley Council, Sarah Norman, as well as people who draw on social care and the care workforce.

Workforce planning support for adult social care teams

We're funding support for council adult social care teams to help them develop strategic workforce plans.

This offer is being delivered by the LGA Workforce team and uses the team's successful ‘Bitesize series’ approach.

If you want to develop a strategic workforce plan or wish to review your existing plan please complete this form for support by Friday 21 June.

Request for quotation - Approved Mental Health Professional 

We are looking for a supplier with operational experience of approved mental health practitioner (AMHP) assessment to provide subject expertise in the development of this work.

This is a short term contract to lead the stakeholder engagement and shaping of a proof-of-concept project to explore and understand the benefits and feasibility of a voluntary national AMHP minimum data set.

Read the request for quotation

Preventive and proactive care initiatives: Call for evidence

The deadline for submitting evidence of preventive and proactive care initiatives  implemented in local areas across England has been extended to 14 June 2024.

It will inform our sector-lead improvement work and shape DHSC’s policy and research agenda.

To find out more and provide evidence, access the call for evidence. Submitting evidence should take up to five minutes per initiative.

Better Care Fund Support Programme's learning lunch

12 June 2024, 12.00PM-1.00PM

The Better Care Fund Support Programme's new publication 'The case for home based intermediate care' seeks to set out the benefits, opportunities and challenges in optimising these services, and this learning lunch will look to support colleagues in understanding the key points from this report, including some of the key evidence and insight underpinning the conclusions.

The session will give practical guidance and real examples of where opportunities are being realised.

Book on to the learning lunch

Free online induction event for new adult social care lead members

25 June 2024 | Virtual

This free all day induction session is aimed at new portfolio holders with responsibility for adult social care. It will offer an introduction to current policy issues in care and health, including assurance, personalisation and integration. To make a booking or for more information, please contact

The role of social workers in care (education) and treatment reviews

10 June 2024, 10.00am – 11.30am

Join us for this online event to highlight the critical role and impact of social workers taking part in Care Education and Treatment Reviews (C(E)TRs) and informing Dynamic Support Registers.

This event will be of particular interest to social workers, team managers and principal social workers working in both local councils and NHS settings, commissioners and people taking part in C(E)TRs.

Book on to the C(E)TR and DSR webinar 

Autistic Pride Day: Issues that impact on autistic women webinar

18 June 2024, 2.00pm - 4.00pm

We're holding this online event on Autistic Pride Day about the issues that impact autistic women to help further the understanding of councils and NHS staff who support them in the community. It will feature speakers from Neurodiverse Connection.

Book your place on the Autistic women event.

Recruiting adult social care local authority improvement advisors and commissioners

DHSC is recruiting adult social care leaders who could be deployed as either improvement advisors or commissioners, in local authorities that require ‘enhanced monitoring and support’ or where the Secretary of State has intervened to secure improvement. 

Read the full job advert. Applications must be submitted by midnight 14 June 2024.


High cost placements negotiations: Follow-on workshop
3 June 2024, 10.00am - 12.00pm

Approved Mental Health Professional Service standards
3 June 2024, 11.00am - 12.30pm

High cost placements negotiations: Follow-on workshop
3 June 2024, 2.00pm - 4.00pm

Approved Mental Health Professional Service standards
4 June 2024, 2.00pm - 3.30pm

MSIF Support webinar - Capacity plans
4 June 2024, 12.00pm - 1.30pm

High cost placement negotiations: Follow-on workshop
4 June 2024, 2.00pm - 4.00pm

The role of social workers in care (education) and treatment reviews
10 June 2024, 10.00am - 11.30am

Achieving excellence in person-centred discharge from mental health settings
11 June 2024, 12.00pm - 1.30pm

BCF Support Programme's learning lunch
12 June 2024, 12.00pm - 1.00pm

High cost placement negotiations: Follow-on workshop
12 June 2024, 12.00pm - 1.00pm

Support for Principal Social Workers for CQC assessments
12 June 2024, 10.00am - 11.00am

Issues that impact on autistic women for council and NHS staff supporting them
18 June 2024, 2.00pm - 4.00pm

Co-producing adult social care information and advice
19 June 2024, 1.00pm - 2.00pm

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.


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