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Thursday, November 3rd, 2016

Report from Solihull Together board – Nov 2016

Meeting Name: Solihull Together Board (STB) formally known as the ICASS Board

Date of Meeting: 20th October 2016

Key Points of Wider Interest Discussed:

Implementing the Governance Review

In September 2016, there was an agreement to change the name of the Board from ICASS to Solihull Together Board to reflect the renewal of the commitment to delivering system wide transformation in Solihull.  As there are still a number of issues to be addressed from the recommendations, such as:

  • A need to define in documentation how each of the partner organisation will hold each other to account
  • A lack of clarity around leadership of ICASS in general
  • An over-reliance on the strength of relationships in the region to drive actions forward.

It was agreed that there needed to be a Board Development Day to address these appropriately in order to agree the approach together to delivering the current set of projects, the impact of STP and any future shared ambitions.

Digital Population Health and Care System (Caradigm Project)Update

It has been decided to no longer use Caradigm as a single provider solution as the engagement and progression to date have been slow, probably due in part to the changes in leadership from the majority of partner organisations since the start of the project almost two years ago.  There is still however an ambition to sub connect integrated working within the Solihull area under the Global Digital Exemplar (GDE) from NHS England which recognises it as a key enabler of change and transformation.

Better Care Fund

There is a local agreement in place for Solihull 2016/17 Better care Fund plan to include a lower allocation to adult social care than that required by the National Uplift condition (for one year only).  On this basis the plan has now been submitted for approval by NHS England on 20th October 2016.

Risk Register

The Risk Register is a standing item on the agenda and the highest risks are still around financial restraints in all organisations involved.

Care Navigation Service

Age UK Solihull were successful in winning the contract for the Care Navigator Service Pilot which will include 12 Care Navigators working in 32 GP practices

Local Area Co-ordination

Citizen led recruitment is now underway for 5 LAC’s in initial 5 areas agreed by SMBC Cabinet in September 2016.


There have been 2/3 stakeholder events held to begin to get some understanding of what the STP will mean.  A plan on a page for Adult Social Care and the CCG were considered at the Board, both of which recognise the future ambition of Solihull Together to build upon our strong partnership approach to deliver a community based model of integrated care, transforming a system now focused on higher cost acute care to one focusing on earlier interventions, prevention and wellness.

Potential Follow Up Action/Discussion/Feedback Required:

Are local voluntary and community sector organisations starting to feel that pinch as funding streams are being squeezed resulting in some services being decommissioned or are new opportunities being opened up?

Date of Next Meeting:

08th December  2016

Name and Contact No of Rep Completing:

Anne Hastings  Phone 07578169045 or email