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Question 28: Examples of Invest to Save Budget
(ISB) projects involving partnership in local communities?
The ISB supports a wide range of local projects.
Six examples are:
1. The Oldham Business Management School
(OBMS). This project is led by Oldham Borough Metropolitan Council
and provides a flexible business support, training and education
environment, catering for businesses and individuals. The school
is also networked with other education establishments.
2. Positive Parenting Network. This project
which is led by Medway Council provides parents with better quality
information, advice and practical support to encourage positive
parenting. It enables the various statutory organisations who
work with Medway's children and their families to collaborate
more effectively and in doing so, to provide services in a more
innovative and efficient manner.
3. Single Child Health Database. This project
is developing a single integrated child health database for the
whole of Birmingham, for use in planning and delivery of services.
It is investigating the use of a single identifier for all children
aged 0-16, based on NHS Registration number; and creating data
to support the review by agencies of behaviours of and outcomes
4. Nottingham Partnership. This project
which is led by Nottingham City Council is investigating the potential
for jointly administrating a range of benefits provided by central
and local government to a range of clients, including those in
residential care and pensioners.
5. The Wolverhampton Bereavement Centre
brings together the services of the Benefits Agency, housing benefits
administration, probate, council tax, Inland Revenue and the local
authority's burial/cremation services under one roof; and reduces
the number of times bereaved relatives have to provide information
to public bodies.
6. The Children's Network On-line Service
which is led by Liverpool City Council involves the development
of an integrated website with local service information, on-line
forms, and systems designed to help children in public care, disabled
children, carers, agency staffs and the public.
Question 83: Has the ISB provided support for
projects which reduce bed blocking?
The programme has supported three partnership
projects which aim to address this problem.
1. The "Immediate Support at Home"
project led by Wakefield Health Authority is directed primarily
at older people and its aims are to encourage independence, facilitate
hospital discharge, and prevent admission to hospital or other
forms of residential care.
2. Gateshead Council and Gateshead &
South Tyneside Health Authority are implementing a new social
care information system supporting hospital discharge and access
to information in emergency situations. This will make available
information on social care services to acute health services and
out of office hours emergency services.
3. Leeds City Council and Leeds Health Authority
have received funding for a community care centre which will provide
an intermediate care service for older people. The service will
offer residential rehabilitation, respite and short term care
with the aim of facilitating discharge from acute care and preventing
Mr Stephen Mitchell
Head of Better Public Services
General Expenditure Policy