Partners in Care and Health: Partnership with SCIE; CQC assessments - must know guide and safeguarding resources; care and health academies

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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.

July 2024

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Partnership heralds new era for sector-led improvement

From this month, we’re delighted to confirm that we will be working with Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE) to deliver a new programme of sector-led improvement support for adult social care and public health services in councils.

Funded by the Department of Health and Social Care, the programme will continue to provide relevant, effective and innovative support that empowers councils, providers and staff to deliver high quality care that enables choice, control and independence for everyone.

Councils will benefit from the joint research, unique and extensive connections with partners at national and regional levels, and intensive subject matter expertise, knowledge and skills that our partnership will bring.

Care Quality Commission (CQC) assessments for adult social care: Support for lead members 

Our new 'Must know' guide provides background on the CQC assessment process for lead members, including an explanation of the process, potential questions the CQC might ask lead members and how they can prepare.

This guide will be updated as we learn more about the assessment process and lead members’ role in it. More information on other ‘must knows’ and resources for lead members for adult social care are also available.

A free residential event to support new adult social care lead members with key challenges in a rapidly changing and high profile landscape is being run on 14 November 2024.

The event is part of the wider offer for political leadership from the LGA. The cost of attending this programme is fully subsidised and includes accommodation and meals. For more information and to make a booking, please contact

Access the 'Must know' guide

Preparing for CQC assessment: Safeguarding adults - a resource for directors of of adult social services

The CQC’s assessment regime is based on statutory requirements in the Care and Support Statutory Guidance regarding safeguarding adults.

Our new resource aims to bring together existing tools that have been developed for audit, review and assurance to support safeguarding adults. These can assist councils in preparing for CQC assurance and can be used following assessment to support subsequent improvement activity.

Read the Preparing for CQC assessment resource

Care and health career academies: What good looks like

This new guide provides practical advice and insights from existing academies to support others in the process, or considering, the development of a career academy. 

It includes six case studies and showcases good practice, success factors and evidence of what works.

Our national community of practice (CoP) provides a space for academies to meet, network and provide peer support. For further information or to join the CoP, contact

Access the career academies guide

Housing with support pipeline for people with a learning disability and autistic people 

We've created a new guide for councils on how to develop a housing with support pipeline for people with a learning disability and autistic people.  

Drawing on case studies from local councils, this framework provides practical advice for adult social care commissioners and council housing departments, as well as health commissioners and integrated care boards on developing inclusive housing. 

It underscores the importance of engaging with people who have a learning disability and autistic people, to understand their preferred types of accommodation. 

Read the full 'Housing with support pipeline' guide

Improving outcomes through Hospital at Home: Lessons from Manchester

31 July 2024, 12.00pm - 1.00pm

In the latest Better Care Fund Support Programme’s learning lunch, Manchester Local Care Organisation will be discussing Manchester’s journey into implementing ‘Hospital at Home services.

Also known as virtual wards, Hospital at Home is a model of care that provides the acute level care and monitoring that patients expect in a hospital, delivered at home.

The session will bring together lessons learnt and practical advice for other local systems.

Book on Hospital at Home webinar

Adult social care information and advice toolkit

We have developed a new toolkit to help councils improve their information and advice offers, drawing on and promoting existing good practice and innovation.

This includes guidance on what good information and advice means, a maturity self-assessment, and resources across 10 key themes for councils to use.

We've co-produced the resource with councils and a range of third sector organisations, incorporating statutory requirements and Think Local Act Personal’s Making It Real statements.

Digital switchover - data sharing template

We've developed a new data sharing agreement template to facilitate the sharing of information between councils and telecoms providers. 

This template will help ensure users get the support and equipment they need to protect them from the impact of the digital switchover, while also managing any risk to their privacy. 

Supporting adults with a learning disability to have better lives framework: Self-evaluation survey and data set

Completing our short survey will give feedback about your council's offer for people with a learning disability to help when planning where to focus improvement activity.

It takes roughly an hour to complete. To access email

Councillors and Care guides

To help councillors involved in adult social care, we've supported the development of a new set of free 'how to' guides.

The 21st Century Public Servant's Councillors and Care guides, available as a two-minute version and as a ten-page report, offer a simple framework to help councillors reflect on, and develop, their own personal approach.

Intended as a practical resource, the guide draws on relevant research, interviews with national experts and research with councils in the North West.


'Right care, right person' in practice: one year on
11 July 2024, 10.30am - 12.00pm | Virtual

Empowering healthy places: utilising the powers and practices of councils in developing healthy neighbourhoods
18 July 2024, 10.00am - 11.30am | Virtual

Senior intervenors and senior children intervenors webinar
25 July 2024, 10.30am - 12.30pm | Virtual

Better Care Fund learning lunch: Improving outcomes through Hospital at Home
31 July 2024, 12.00pm - 1.00pm

LGA Annual Conference and Exhibition 2024
22 - 24 October 2024 | Harrogate

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.


The Care Act 2014: Ten years on from Royal Assent
Local Government Association

CQC assessments of adult social care - the communications response
Local Government Association

A practical resource to help principal social workers prepare for Care Quality Commission assessments
Partners in Care and Health

Learning from the Care Quality Commission pilots for principal social workers
Partners in Care and Health

Adult mental health social care: Report from the findings of the 2023 insight survey
Partners in Care and Health

What good looks like: Values-based recruitment in adult social care
Partners in Care and Health

Charging reform: Taking forward the learning from the trailblazer work
Partners in Care and Health

International recruitment to adult social care: A guide for councils
Partners in Care and Health

Adult social care assurance: A guide to support the development of your adult social care self-assessment (Part one)
Partners in Care and Health

Adult social care assurance: A guide to support the development of your adult social care self-assessment (Part two)
Partners in Care and Health

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