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Regional collaboration is essential to understand the care market

With Councils freezing fees and Providers exiting the market, initiatives where councils can come together and share data is more important than ever.

Realising the full potential of collaborative data and analytics across Council regions requires everyone involved in care delivery to embrace latest technology. Initiatives where Councils share data to understand the ‘bigger picture’ are becoming more popular.

ADASS (Association of Directors of Adult Social Services) and CM2000 held a roundtable discussion on: ‘THE DATA DIMENSION - Making intelligent use of data to support sustainable and quality social care’, at the Spring Seminar in Staffordshire. CM2000 sponsored the event and took part in the industry debate. Lots of interesting and thought-provoking themes were discussed by eight social care leaders, chaired by Mrs Margaret Willcox, the Director of Adult Social Care at Gloucestershire County Council and immediate past president of ADASS.

Regional collaboration was one of the topics discussed and experiences were shared on how this could create a better understanding of the care market in terms of quality and performance.

Julie Ogley, Director of Social Care, Health & Housing, Central Bedfordshire Council spoke about the merits of collaboration:

“East of England Councils have already aligned themselves by adopting a quality assurance workbook. My own Council and Hertfordshire were the two that adopted the workbook very quickly and we are actually enhancing that now.”

The ‘quality assurance workbook’ used in East of England is called PAMMS (Provider Assessment and Market Management Solution) and was developed by the ADASS Eastern Region with CM2000. It brings together assessment data, quality indicators, credit ratings and CQC ratings to provide a powerful real-time view of care services.

PAMMS helps to ensure that scarce resources are being used where they are most needed, as well as delivering quality and value for local citizens. It also allows changes in the market, and possible risks, to be identified at an early stage.

The roundtable debate touched on many other ways that data can contribute to quality care provision. The output from the discussion was written up into a short report. To request a copy click here.

For more information about PAMMS click here.

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