Skip to content

Friday, June 19th, 2015

Report from ICASS Board – 21 May 15

Key Points of Wider Interest Discussed

Caradigm Pilot: Caradigm is an IT system that enables carers from multiple agencies to work together to improve care, reduce cost and manage risk.  Steve Haliday from SMBC has been tasked with setting out the scope for a proposed pilot of the Caradigm system and to assess the ‘buy in’ from the IT and other stakeholders in each organisation.  Establishing the pilot had now been given the green light and the next steps are to develop a Memorandum of Understanding, Statement of works and Data Sharing agreements.  Following the pilot, it would go out to competitive procurement.

‘SOLIHULL TOGETHER for better livesis the new strapline for the integrated care programme in Solihull.

ICASS Evaluation: The ICASS Programme aims to deliver sustainable and high quality integrated health and social care services to the people of Solihull thought a long term and strategic approach.  The principle delivery vehicles are the three ICASS work streams of Prevention and Early Intervention; Out of Hospital Care and Hospital Transformation.  IASS also included wider initiatives such as: Independent Living and Extra Care; delivery of the Dementia Strategy; Assistive Technology and Mental Health.  All are intended to run across all three ICASS work streams. It has been agreed that a quantitative evaluation review progress across the health and social care economy with a report back to the programme board in the autumn.  The conclusion from the interim report by the Midlands and Lancashire Commissioning Support Unit (CSU) was that the leadership of ICASS was a recognised strength, these leaders now needed to enthuse and lead by example their own organisations to work collaboratively in delivering seamless integrated health and social care to the residents of Solihull.  Particular emphasis was needed to engage Primary Care more widely and incorporate service user and carer views more consistently.

Co-production and Stakeholder Forum: Healthwatch Solihull has undertaken a mapping exercise of existing groups with a health and care engagement remit which was is due to come to an end in May 2015.  It is noted that some of the current delivery mechanisms, which include ‘Experts by Experience’, the Citizens Assembly and the potential for a Stakeholder Engagement Forum may mean a duplication of effort.

Potential Follow Up Action/Discussion/Feedback Required:

  • Have voluntary sector organisations with an engagement remit had the opportunity to feed into the Healthwatch review?
  • Are members familiar with the ‘Solihull Together for better lives’ strapline and do people feel that this is more accessible than ICASS?
  • The Solihull together for Better Lives Award will now be an annual award to recognise the achievements of people and organisations who are working together to improve the quality of life or Solihull residents. Did people know about the awards and feel encouraged to apply?

Date of Next Meeting:  30th June 2015

Name and Contact No of Rep Completing:  Anne Hastings

Phone 0121 704 3361 or email