Agenda item


To receive a presentation from the Head of Partnerships and Communities.


The Head of Partnerships and Communities went through the presentation which had been tabled at the meeting. The Board were reminded that the public sector reform was happening alongside the other changes within Trafford. The main focus of the programmes of work was upon increasing early intervention and the prevention of escalation within the system.


The Head of Partnerships and Communities then went through the new service design with the Board. The main concern when creating the design was building a fluid model which could support people in the way that suited them and their circumstances. It was understood that an individual’s “place” and the other wider determinates of health played a large role in an individual’s case. The team were working with GPs to continuing to develop social prescribing and increasing social connectors to reflect the importance of those factors. The programme team had attempted to perform a cost benefit analysis of the new model but they had found that it was difficult to measure the benefits monetarily. There was a GM workshop being held on the following Monday which was focused upon addressing this challenge.


The Public Sector Reform Change Manager then described the changes that had been made to services at the point of contact. The programme was looking at new ways of measuring progress made up of leading measures, which were conditions that enabled an individual to achieve something, and lagging measures, which were externally measured outcomes. The Board were shown a series of graphs and charts which displayed the work that the One Trafford Response (OTR) had done. Through analysis of this work it had become apparent that the main reason that people were being referred to the OTR was mental health problems.


The presentation then shifted focus to the customer journey within the new service model. This was a key component of how the service differed from historical models of service. The approach involved having conversations with individuals and listening to their needs then shaping the support to those needs. The difference in approach was demonstrated to the Board through case studies. The Board were shown each individual’s situation (looking at the full picture rather than just problems), what the OTR did, and what would have happened under the standard model. 


The OTR were looking at blockages within the system such as; not obtaining consent before a case was referred to the team, the lack of available suitable accommodation, and the prevalence of mental health problems. The Head of Partnerships and Communities reminded the Board that the OTR was not to be a new team which received referrals from other services but was to be the new way of working that would be adopted by all services.


The presentation concluded with a list of next steps within the programme. One key aspect was that staff sessions were to commence from the 27 – 30April and all Board Members were asked to encourage staff to attend. The Chairman thanked the Head of Partnerships and Communities for the in depth update and stated that he looked forward to hearing how the staff engagement sessions went.


1)    That the update be noted by the Board.

2)    That Board Members are to encourage staff to attend staff engagement sessions 27th – 30th April.