Future Shape – Do you work for the Council?

Do you work for the Council?

Barnet Future Shape Transact Group will be looking at all Council services. Each service will be looked to ascertain whether it is a *Core or Non Core Service. It doesn’t matter if you are a Statutory Service, all services will be examined.  

  • Why do we provide the service?
  • Can someone else provide the service?
  • Is there a market for providing the service?
  • Is there opportunity for a ‘Quick win?’
  • Is there a need for further investigation?

Each service will have to go through the 9 Future Shape Tests

·         Cost significantly less.

·         Take a different view of need, based on engaging with our population as citizens rather than customers of specific services.

·         Are strategic and integrated, ensuring that resources are targetted to achieve priority outcomes.

·         Facilitate greater self-help and service co-creation amongst members of our community.

·         Are based on a clear contract between the citizens and services.

·         Inspire behavioural change amongst our residents and businesses

·         Can be accessed on the basis of citizen life challenges.

·         Help citizens to achieve better outcomes in their lives

·         Are democratically accountable

This Group is tasked with looking across the whole council which is clearly a mammoth task.

The Group began the work on 24th March. It is due to finish 20th April

You can view the Agenda and minutes of all the Group meetings here

http://barnet.headshift.com/display/PROJECTS/Home

You will need your Login details.

We know that lots of our members do not have Login details or have forgotten them. We will try and update our website with the details so members can view the information without the need of a Login. We have asked for hard copies of this information to be provided to staff.

Members please note that this Group will be making recommendations to the Future Shape Cabinet Committee on 8 June 2009.

* We are waiting for a definition of what Core means.

Future Shape – Do you work in the following services?

Do you work in the following services?

  • Finance
  • ICT
  • HR
  • Procurement
  • Communications, design and print
  • Performance monitoring
  • Facilities management
  • Audit
  • Legal
  • Democratic Services (support elements)
  • Fleet Management
  • Catering
  • Traded services for schools.

These services being looked at in the Future Shape Support Group.

 Each service will have to go through the 9 Future Shape Tests

·         Cost significantly less.

·         Take a different view of need, based on engaging with our population as citizens rather than customers of specific services.

·         Are strategic and integrated, ensuring that resources are targetted to achieve priority outcomes.

·         Facilitate greater self-help and service co-creation amongst members of our community.

·         Are based on a clear contract between the citizens and services.

·         Inspire behavioural change amongst our residents and businesses

·         Can be accessed on the basis of citizen life challenges.

·         Help citizens to achieve better outcomes in their lives

·         Are democratically accountable

This Group began 19 March and is due to finish on 17 April.

You can view the Agenda and minutes of all the Group meetings here

http://barnet.headshift.com/display/PROJECTS/Home

You will need your Login details.

We know that lots of our members do not have Login details or have forgotten them. We will try and update our website with the details so members can view the information without the need of a Login. We have asked for hard copies of this information to be provided to staff.

Members please note that this Group will be making recommendations to the

 

 

Future Shape Cabinet Committee on 8 June 2009.

Future Shape – The Leaders view

“For Barnet, the real prize is in re-shaping public services across the borough, which is why we are looking at ambitious proposals for the future shape of the council itself.”

“There have been many voices encouraging us to jump to conclusions too fast over the last six months, which would result in either poorly thought through recommendations or insufficiently radical thinking.”

For those of you not wanting to read the whole document scroll down to page 81 to 87 for details on Barnet

http://www.idea.gov.uk/idk/aio/9524940

Sheltered Housing – More Choice or Budget Saving?

Residential Options for Older People in Barnet with 24hr cover – a summary

At home with Life Line or Telecare

Lifeline is a pendant alarm. The alarm is worn round the neck. The wearer presses the pendant to raise the alarm. The control centre takes the call and can communicate with the wearer and/ or contact relatives, friends or the emergency services. For someone to have a lifeline they must be able to understand what an emergency is and they must be able to know they press the button in an emergency. They must also be able to physically able to activate the pendant.

For people who have difficulty using a Lifeline there is telecare alarms. The person must wear the equipment which may be an alarm attached to a belt or may be a pendant. The alarm is merely dependent on the wearer radically changing position from vertical to horizontal to be activated. The change in position could indicate the wearer has fallen. This alarm also connects to the control centre. Once the alarm has been raised a similar procedure follows as with the Lifeline.

People can have these systems and be in warden controlled or sheltered housing.

Care packages can also supplement these forms of support.

Warden Controlled.

The warden does not live on site and so is not accessible 24/7. In all other respects this form operates the same as sheltered housing. The resident should not expect the warden to carry out aspects of care, and certainly not routinely. Nonetheless the warden contributes to a very smooth support network for the resident e.g. helping the resident settle back in home following a stay in hospital. The warden has contact with each resident at least once/ day to make sure they are ok. Referrals are dealt with by Housing department (except where privately owned).

Care packages can also supplement this form of support.

Sheltered Housing

The warden is lives in the sheltered accommodation or is accessible 24/7. The warden can provide valuable information on the habits and background of residents which also contribute massively to OT and social work assessments – probably health-led assessments also. Again the warden is not expected to contribute to provision of individual care routinely but definitely contributes in many ways to the smooth support for a resident to remain in an independent setting. The warden has contact with each resident at least once/ day to make sure they are ok. Referrals are dealt with by Housing department (except where privately owned).

Care packages can also supplement these forms of support.

Extra Care Housing

This form of support is new. Residents have flats within the unit as with sheltered housing. As a minimum they have 24hr support available similar to that provided by wardens. However, there are care workers who can be used to provide care and personal care support day and night. The idea being to enable someone to remain in a home setting as long as possible. The need for care during the night does not place someone at risk of having to move to residential care in this setting. Referrals come through social services or are made direct to the scheme.

The care package would be assessed by a social worker but is provided within the extra care housing.

Residential Care

The resident would have a private room possibly with ensuite shower and toilet. This is 24hr care. All residents in this setting would be very dependent on care workers for most aspects of their daily living and be at risk at night. Increasingly the referrals to these units are for adults with dementia or high risk of falls. Referrals are through social services unless someone makes a private arrangement. Extra Care Housing is promoted as being a superior form to Residential Care which is why residential care will increasingly have the “heavier end” of the care spectrum.

Nursing Care

The resident here would have a private room possibly with ensuite shower and toilet. This is 24hr care. The staffing ratios are higher here than for residential homes and there are more nurses available throughout the day and night. Residents here have complex and intense care needs 24/7. An element of the care provided is nursing care e.g.: people needing 24hr oxygen and not being able to operate it independently; people requiring assistance of 2 to mobilise and/ or needing a hoist to get in or out of bed; people who are at high risk of developing pressure sores due to their dependence on others for moving at all.

End of jargon? –YES PLEASE!

End of jargon? –YES PLEASE!

This Press release from the Local Government Association is to be welcomed to those of us who sometimes feel that we need to have one of those United Nations translators when reading public sector reports.

To view the press release click on link here 

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