Issue details

Review of Social Work Provision: Savings Proposals Review

Consider and approve the proposal to invest £660,253to deliver a pilot that uses Occupational Therapy and additional Social Worker staff at “the front door” to maximise capacity to meet growing demand for information and advice and demand for a social care assessment of needs, embedding an “independence first” approach. Note that this investment could generate £1.552mcost avoidance savings during 2022-23.

 

Consider and approve the proposal to invest £646,323to deliver a pilot of a new Community Reviewing Team that includes Occupational Therapy and Social Work staff to enhance the capacity of the current Adult Reviewing Team in order to deliver an increased reviewing schedule. Note that this investment is anticipated to deliver £3.3m from 2022 – 2025.

 

Note that when accounting for annual investment costs over the 3 years, total overall projected savings are £3.6m.

 

Note that the impacts of the above proposals will inform a longer-term model of area social work for the city.

 

Approval these proposals going out to consultation as part of the council’s Medium-Term Financial Strategy and preparation for setting the 2022/23 Budget.

 

Decision type: Key

Reason Key: Financial Impact>£500K;

Decision status: For Determination

Notice of proposed decision first published: 23/11/2021

Reason for urgency:
The detailed service review undertaken so far which has enabled the Review of Adult Social Work proposal to be brought forward did not conclude until 17th November, which was after the deadline for publishing Key Decisions on the List of Forthcoming Key Decisions ahead of this Executive Board. The issue was published on the List as soon as it was reasonably practicable to do so. As such, this matter is being administered as a General Exception, in line with the Council’s Executive & Decision Making Procedure Rule 2.5. This proposal is required to be brought to the December Board in line with the associated timeframe for the council’s budget-setting process, and as such, cannot practically be deferred until the next scheduled meeting of the Board in February 2022.

Explanation of anticipated restriction:
The detailed service review undertaken so far which has enabled the Review of Adult Social Work proposal to be brought forward did not conclude until 17th November, which was after the deadline for publishing Key Decisions on the List of Forthcoming Key Decisions ahead of this Executive Board. The issue was published on the List as soon as it was reasonably practicable to do so. As such, this matter is being administered as a General Exception, in line with the Council’s Executive & Decision Making Procedure Rule 2.5. This proposal is required to be brought to the December Board in line with the associated timeframe for the council’s budget-setting process, and as such, cannot practically be deferred until the next scheduled meeting of the Board in February 2022.

Decision due: December 2021 by Executive Board

Department: Adult and Health

Contact: Sarah Buncall 0113 3764269 Email: sarah.buncall@leeds.gov.uk.

Consultation process

Engagement with all key stakeholders will form a key part of the proposed pilot, consultation with staff and trade unions will also take place.

Consultees

Staff and Trade Unions.

Agenda items

Documents

  • Report and supporting documents