SSRG Previous Events – 1999

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Joining Up. Inter-agency working in theory and practice

17th Nov 1999
The Royal Hotel, Kingussie, Scotland

Of all the public services, social services is perhaps the most dependent on joined up working to deliver their objectives. The need for local government , health, the police and other public bodies to work together to provide seamless services to individuals and to tackle the most difficult social problems is also a key theme in government policy
(Department of Health, July 1999)

Programme included:

‘Joined-Up Working’: the Policy Agenda
It’s Easy to Talk About But Hard To Do. Barriers to Joined-Up Working and How to Overcome Them.
A Local Government Perspective
Speakers included: Jackie Baille, Deputy Minister for Communities, Scottish Executive; Professor Colin Mair, Scottish Local Government Management Centre; Margaret Wells, Director of Housing and Social Work, Aberdeenshire Council, and Vice Chair, ADSW Scotland; Professor Murray Stewart, University of West of England; Adrian Miles, Birmingham SSD; David Allan , Warwickshire SSD; Chair: Margaret Thomson, Independent Consultant and Researcher

SSRG Annual Workshop. Meeting the Challenge of Excellence : Delivering excellent services through quality research, planning, information and evaluation.

19th-21st April 1999
Chancellors Conference Centre, University of Manchester

Perhaps the issue has always been with us! There is no doubt however, that the drive enabling social and health care organisations to provide the best possible services is particularly strong and pervasive as aye approach the new millennium.

The current catch-phrases include ‘Best Value’, ‘Local Democracy’, ‘User Participation’ At this conference this whole agenda is being subsumed under the umbrella of delivering excellence.

This conference is one of the contributions that the SSRG is making towards this agenda. Some plenary sessions aim to help delegates form views about how they need to approach working in this new ‘Golden Age’ – others will provide an opportunity to influence its evolution.

The workshops are also designed to provide delegates with opportunities to hear and exchange ideas about die best ways of working as researchers, planners, evaluators or information workers.

Speakers included: David Johnstone; Lloyd Davis, Joint Reviews Team; Jonathon Marron, Department of Health

Social Services Performance Assessment Framework: Influencing the Agenda

17th February 1999
The Council House, Victoria Square, Birmingham

The White Paper ‘Modernising Social Services’, and a number of other Government publications, refer to the introduction of a new statistical ‘performance assessment framework’. The aim of the framework is to ‘provide the basis for a common understanding between central and local government on performance, value for money, and resourcing issues in social services.

A consultation document on the Assessment Framework is expected in mid January 1999, and the Department of Health require comments by 1 March prior to publication in April.

The purpose of this workshop is to give colleagues the opportunity to influence the agenda.

Speakers included: Peter Steele (Department of Health) and Jonathan Marron (Department of Health)

Inaugural Conference for Wales 16th Oct 1999

Pencerrig Gardens Hotel, Llandrindod Road, Builth Wells

This conference aimed to:-

Bring together for the first time, all Wales members and potential members.
To discuss the way forward in promoting SSRG in Wales.
To discuss the methods and processes which can be used to target membership from other Organisations and Departments such as the Voluntary Sector, Housing Departments, Education and Health.
Promote aims and objectives of the SSRG.
Discuss the issues that relate to Wales and how being a part of SSRG can help to overcome these issues.
Future workshops and conferences.
Future meetings.
Election of local SSRG Officers.