A report by the University of Birmingham has underlined the value of the WM ADASS-developed Peer Challenge programme undertaken by councils in the region.
The independent review carried out by the University of Birmingham found that stakeholders agree the approach is ‘very useful’, an ‘extremely good use of resources’, and ‘very effective’ in improving the quality of adult social care.
And it is seen as a better methodology for improvement than inspections or consultancy support.
The report also highlights areas where the approach can be strengthened, including a more robust process to review progress following each challenge, more guidance and training for reviewers with lived experience and the inclusion of a data specialist within the review team.
Local authorities should also consider the potential of a similar process being used by the new integrated care systems with the NHS.
Use this link to find out more about the WM ADASS Peer Challenge.