Scrutiny, Leadership and the Ageing Well Agenda ‘ And in the end, its not the years in your life that count. It’s the life...
Context <ul><li>Average life expectancy increased by 30 years during the last century and will continue to increase.  </li...
Understanding the Scrutiny Role <ul><li>Provides constructive challenge to decision takers and policy makers </li></ul><ul...
What do we mean by ‘leadership’? <ul><li>Its not about the Executive or the Council leader </li></ul><ul><li>Partnerships ...
Applying the theory- Trafford’s Over 50’s Strategy <ul><li>Emerged out of a desire to engage with older people to develop ...
The Key Principles <ul><li>People aged 50+ being directly involved in all aspects of planning, monitoring and reviewing se...
Development of the Strategy- A Partnership Effort <ul><li>Objective- a strategy by the over 50’s for the over 50’s </li></...
The Partnership Priorities for 2021 <ul><li>Opportunities and information are available so that people are able to fully p...
How did the Council Show Leadership? <ul><li>Facilitated but didn’t interfere </li></ul><ul><li>Scrutiny member appointed ...
What is the result? <ul><li>Life expectancy in the borough has improved by 3% last year  </li></ul><ul><li>There has also ...
The Verdict <ul><li>Recent ‘Access to Services’ Inspection </li></ul><ul><li>‘ Through a wide range of activities the Coun...
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Ageing Well - Cllr Susan Williams Leadership Academy Presentation

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Councillor Susan Williams from Trafford MBC looks at Local LEadership scrutiny in a complex world - including the 'must knows' in preparation for an ageing society.

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Ageing Well - Cllr Susan Williams Leadership Academy Presentation

  1. 1. Scrutiny, Leadership and the Ageing Well Agenda ‘ And in the end, its not the years in your life that count. It’s the life in your years’ Abraham Lincoln
  2. 2. Context <ul><li>Average life expectancy increased by 30 years during the last century and will continue to increase. </li></ul><ul><li>Fifty years ago, one child in ten could be expected to live to 100, now this is estimated at one in four. </li></ul><ul><li>The pension age population now outnumbers the under 16’s </li></ul><ul><li>Over 40% of the population are now over the age of 50 </li></ul><ul><li>The over 85 age group is increasing most rapidly </li></ul><ul><li>There are 700,000 people with dementia in the UK and this is expected to rise to 1 million by 2025 </li></ul><ul><li>The ageing population is becoming more diverse, with more black and minority ethnic (BME) people, more older people with learning or physical disabilities and mental health problems and more ageing carers </li></ul><ul><li>Huge funding gap for elder care projected </li></ul>
  3. 3. Understanding the Scrutiny Role <ul><li>Provides constructive challenge to decision takers and policy makers </li></ul><ul><li>Enables the voice of the public to be heard </li></ul><ul><li>Is carried out by ‘independent minded governors’ who lead the scrutiny process </li></ul><ul><li>Drives the improvement in Public services </li></ul><ul><li>(Centre for Public scrutiny) </li></ul>
  4. 4. What do we mean by ‘leadership’? <ul><li>Its not about the Executive or the Council leader </li></ul><ul><li>Partnerships </li></ul><ul><li>Community leadership </li></ul><ul><li>Community engagement </li></ul><ul><li>Public consultation </li></ul><ul><li>Policy shaping and influencing </li></ul><ul><li>Cross boundary working </li></ul><ul><li>All are at the heart of scrutiny </li></ul>
  5. 5. Applying the theory- Trafford’s Over 50’s Strategy <ul><li>Emerged out of a desire to engage with older people to develop local services </li></ul><ul><li>First port of call- the older people themselves </li></ul><ul><li>Our role- to give older people a voice and enable that voice to be heard </li></ul><ul><li>In 2006 an important and influential document entitled ‘Our Lives, Our Voice, Our Future’ was produced. The key contributors were a group of people from Trafford aged from 50 to over 80. They joined forces with us, the local NHS and local community and voluntary organisations to set out an ambitious three year strategy to improve the quality of life for Trafford’s older people </li></ul>
  6. 6. The Key Principles <ul><li>People aged 50+ being directly involved in all aspects of planning, monitoring and reviewing services and wherever possible being part of the solution. </li></ul><ul><li>Promoting older people as valued members of the community, by making opportunities for people to contribute to their local community and by recognising those contributions. </li></ul>
  7. 7. Development of the Strategy- A Partnership Effort <ul><li>Objective- a strategy by the over 50’s for the over 50’s </li></ul><ul><li>The over 50’s partnership (informed by 50+ Voice network- over 200 members) </li></ul><ul><li>Age Concern </li></ul><ul><li>Trafford Council for Voluntary Services (CVS) </li></ul><ul><li>Voluntary Community Action Trafford (VCAT) </li></ul><ul><li>The Pension Service </li></ul><ul><li>Intergen </li></ul><ul><li>Trafford Primary Care Trust </li></ul><ul><li>The Alzheimer’s Society (Trafford branch) </li></ul><ul><li>EngAGE (local older people’s group) </li></ul><ul><li>Trafford African Caribbean over 50s group </li></ul><ul><li>Trafford Pensioners’ Association </li></ul><ul><li>African-Caribbean Care Group </li></ul>
  8. 8. The Partnership Priorities for 2021 <ul><li>Opportunities and information are available so that people are able to fully participate as active citizens in their communities and can stay healthy through employment, exercise, learning and leisure. </li></ul><ul><li>Barriers to people getting out and feeling safe have been removed or minimised. </li></ul><ul><li>People are centrally involved in planning improvements in all the local services they use. </li></ul><ul><li>Intergenerational understanding is widespread and the potential of older people as valued members of the community is visible through opportunities to use skills and experience. </li></ul><ul><li>People are supported to live healthier, more independent lives through the provision of integrated and preventative care services, increased benefit take-up and provision of a wider range of housing options. </li></ul><ul><li>Age discrimination has been tackled through access to public services being the basis of need not age, staff awareness and the promotion of positive images of older people that challenge stereotypes. </li></ul>
  9. 9. How did the Council Show Leadership? <ul><li>Facilitated but didn’t interfere </li></ul><ul><li>Scrutiny member appointed as older people’s champion </li></ul><ul><li>Over 50’s involvement officer-key to putting forums and networks in place </li></ul><ul><li>Huge emphasis on a preventative approach </li></ul><ul><li>Trafford LINk(Local Involvement Network) invited regularly to input into Scrutiny </li></ul><ul><li>Speakeasy project- funded by Council and PCT </li></ul><ul><li>Lay assessors- trained in QA to review services </li></ul><ul><li>‘ Access Trafford’- increase the accessibility of information and access to council services. Older people involved in pilot development </li></ul>
  10. 10. What is the result? <ul><li>Life expectancy in the borough has improved by 3% last year </li></ul><ul><li>There has also been a reduction in the health gap between the richest and poorest neighbourhoods of 16% last year. </li></ul><ul><li>From our residents’ survey 91.7% of people feel safe or very safe </li></ul><ul><li>1,229 carers reported a positive outcome from the work of the carers centre in Trafford </li></ul><ul><li>High levels of participation in physical activity as a result of the GO3 campaign </li></ul><ul><li>There have been significant improvements in the provision of direct payments - we now have one of the highest levels in the country. </li></ul><ul><li>There has been improved provision of culturally appropriate day care and support facilities which are taken up by large numbers of people from the local communities, </li></ul><ul><li>There has been a significant increase in numbers of referrals for Safeguarding as a result of our publicity campaign. </li></ul><ul><li>Increasing numbers of people are getting involved in the 50+ voice network </li></ul><ul><li>Trafford’s services for adults ‘all but collapsed’ in 2002, ‘excellent’ by 2010 (Audit Commission) </li></ul><ul><li>All of this delivered with ever constrained budgets </li></ul>
  11. 11. The Verdict <ul><li>Recent ‘Access to Services’ Inspection </li></ul><ul><li>‘ Through a wide range of activities the Council has achieved good outcomes for users that are improving their quality of life, particularly for the most disadvantaged and vulnerable communities’ </li></ul><ul><li>(Audit Commission) </li></ul>

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