Shared Services

Ben Fox made this Rhyddid Gwybodaeth request to Lancashire County Council

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Dear Lancashire County Council,

Please could you provide answers to the questions below regarding Shared Services.

1. Do you currently have any shared services within Social Care with other Local Authorities?
If yes, please state with who and in what areas e.g Children’s, Adults etc…

2. Please describe your plans for joint working between Social Care and Health.

Yours faithfully,

Ben Fox

Freedom of Information, Lancashire County Council

Dear Mr Fox,

 

Request for information under the Freedom of Information Act 2000

 

I am writing to acknowledge receipt of your email in which you request the
disclosure of information under the provisions of the above Act.

 

The deadline date for issuing you with a full response is 29 January. We
will endeavour to provide a response well in advance of this date,
however, should we envisage any delays, or require more details from you,
we will contact you immediately.

 

If you have any queries about the above, please do not hesitate to contact
us, quoting ref. 819.1603

 

Yours sincerely,

 

Mr K Chippindale

On behalf of the ATI Team

Access to Information Team

Lancashire County Council

T: 01772 531116

[1]www.lancashire.gov.uk

 

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Freedom of Information, Lancashire County Council

Dear Mr Fox,

 

Request for information under the Freedom of Information Act 2000

 

Further to your email dated 30^th December, in which you request the
disclosure of information under the provisions of the above Act, we are
now in a position to respond.

 

 

Response from Children's Services:

1. Do you currently have any shared services within Social Care with other
Local Authorities? 

If yes, please state with who and in what areas e.g Children’ s, Adults
etc…

  No

 2. Please describe your plans for joint working between Social Care and
Health.

The Inclusion and Disability Support Service is working with the Clinical
commissioning Groups (x6 in Lancashire and x2 CCGs that partially cover
Lancashire districts), the Commissioning Support Unit, provider services
from Lancashire Care Foundation Trust and Blackpool Teaching Hospital plus
acute and tertiary hospitals to jointly plan and commission provision for
children and young people with SEN and disability as part of the SEND
reforms signalled in the Children and Families Bill and new SEN Code of
Practice due to receive Royal Assent by April 2014.

A multi-agency SEND Governance Board has been established with an
operational team from the Local Authority and Health Services to address
the significant service delivery changes for children  and young people
with SEND aged 0-25 commencing from 1 September 2014.

We already work closely with health services to ensure the health needs of
children looked after in foster placements are met.

 

 

 

Response from Adults Services:

 

1.    Do you currently have any shared services within Social Care with
other
Local Authorities?

If yes, please state with who and in what areas e.g Children’s, Adults
etc…

Within Adult Services we currently have the following shared services with
other Local Authorities - Statutory independent mental health advocacy,
statutory independent mental capacity advocacy including relevant person's
representatives and the advocacy access point is commissioned together
with Blackburn with Darwen Council.  Also the access point deals with
children's health and social care complaints as well.

Non statutory advocacy for health and social care is commissioned
alongside the NHS in the form of the CCGs in the Lancashire area (6 in
all)

 

We are currently working on our plan for the 'Better Care Fund' which is
an area of shared services involving both local authorities and health
that is currently being developed. Joint plans are expected to be
announced around mid-April.

2. Please describe your plans for joint working between Social Care and
Health.

Adult Services work closely with the health services on a number of areas:

1.    We advise the CCGs in improving the health of their population and
reduce health inequalities. This is one of the mandated public health
services for the local authority.

2.    We jointly commission services with them. For example…substance
misuse, being an associate in their contracts.

3.    Facilitate partnership working between social care, health services
and the district councils

 

As described in the answer to question 1 we are currently working with the
CCGs on developing our plan for the "Better Care Fund" the joint plans
should be announced around mid-April.

 

 

 

I trust that our response is to your satisfaction.

 

Your request will now be closed as of this date.

 

Yours sincerely

 

 

Mr A Martin

Access to Information Officer

Freedom of Information

Lancashire County Council

PO Box 78

County Hall

Preston

PR1 8XJ

 

Tel:         (01772) 531116

Email:     [1][Lancashire County Council request email]

 

 

 

 

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