The Better Care Fund by the government was announced in June 2013. It is a funding mechamism, covering the period 2014/15 and 2015/16 intended to incentivise integration of health and social services and more specifically to reduce hospital admissions. North, Central and South Cliinical Commissioning Groups, together with Manchester City Council will decide shortly how their slice of national funding will be spent, as projects need to be put in place rapidly.
On 31 January 2014, new regulations on TUPE (Tranfer of Undertakings (Protection of Employment)) came into effect updating the 2006 regulations. Acas has produced a leaflet to help employers better understand what the changes mean and how they may affect their business. TUPE is legislation that governs the transfer of employees from one organisation to another when a public contract changes hands.
Before Christmas, Mike Wild (Chief Executive of Macc) and Nigel Rose (Macc’s Strategic Lead on Commissioning) met with Geoff Little (Deputy Chief Executive of Manchester City Council) and Carol Culley (Assistant Chief Executive, Finance and Performance). We wanted to discuss the impact not just of the next wave of public sector cuts but the prolonged effects of recession. We also wanted to explore the Council’s views on how the voluntary and community sector can rise to meet the challenges faced by the communities in Manchester.
Nigel Rose, Strategic Lead (Commissioning) for Macc comments on the proceedings of Manchester City Council’s Valuing Young People Board.
Manchester City Council is facing unprecedented levels of cuts. Provision for young people is facing reductions in common with every other area of provision. Officers of the Council are in the process of developing proposals for the cuts which will then come to the Valuing Young People Board for discussion and then out for consultation.
Manchester City Council have published a list of their funding for Voluntary and Community Sector Organisations totalling over £46 million.
The Financial Scrutiny Committee of Manchester City Council met on Thursday 9th Jan. The two main items under consideration were reports on "Commissioning of Voluntary and Community Sector Organisations" and an "Update of Progress in Developing the Commissioning Hub".
Collecting evidence about whether community engagement works is difficult, far more difficult than measuring the effectiveness of a new medicine. A new report looks at 361 studies and concludes overall that community engagement works.
The review considered the following questions:
In order to facilitate the opportunity for organisations to act as partners for this tender, Salford Council is acting as a broker to exchange information between lead contractors and sub-contractors. Sub-contractors send their information into Salford Council who will then pass on that information to lead contractors. Further details are available on The Chest.
@MCC_ComHub draws on and disseminates knowledge from Manchester City Council's Commissioning Team and the wider commissioning and provider market. The Team hope to increase transparency around the Council's Commissioning priorities and work streams and to function as a complementary means of dialogue to more traditional means of engagement. You can follow the Team and tell them what you think.
More and more commissioning is being procured through The Chest, an eportal which providers sign up to and receive information about funding opportunities, and then submit their application through. Nigel Rose, Macc's Strategic Lead on Commissioning, in his latest blog, asks whetherThe Chest is fit for purpose.