The role of Regional Collaborative Committees within the Supporting People Programme
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They are informed by information provided by individual local authorities. RCCs are advisory only and do not have executive powers or finance.
RCCs bring key stakeholders together from across each region. This ensures that planning and commissioning of Supporting People services makes the most effective use of Supporting People Programme Grant and meets local needs.
There are 6 RCCs across Wales:
- The Vale and Cardiff
- Mid and West
- West Glamorgan
- Cwm Taf
- North Wales.
Each RCC is made of representatives from local authorities, health, probation, Supporting People service providers and landlords.
The West Glamorgan RCC and all its members are fully committed to the Supporting People Programme and in helping some of the most vulnerable people in Wales to live independently in their own home or supported housing.
Without the programme, the demands on other services would be very difficult for them to manage and incredibly more expensive. The document to the right, will give you an idea of the approximate amount of money that is saved in mainstream services by having the Supporting People Programme in place.
RCCs are responsible for producing a regional strategic plan for Supporting People services. This takes account of local priorities and identifies the most effective way to meet local needs.
The Supporting People Programme, Practice Guidance 2018 document (link below) describes the role of RCCs in more detail (pages 11 – 14).
Regional Strategic Plan (RSP)
Each RCCs is to develop a three year Regional Strategic Plan advising local authorities on effective regional and local collaborative delivery of the Programme to ensure the most efficient and effective service delivery.
The RSP will set out recommended priorities and the proposed balance of spending for the region in terms of the Regional Collaborative Committee’s priorities. The detail within the RSP will be informed by the local authority Local Commissioning Plans.
Western Bay’s latest 3 year Regional Strategic Plan 2017-20 is shown below.
Annual Update of the RSP
RCC’s are required to complete an Annual Update of their RSP at least once a year in order to ensure that the strategy remains strategically relevant and taking on board local authorities’ Annual Updates. No formal report is required to be submitted to the Welsh Government. However, RCCs are to notify Welsh Government, for information, confirming that they have reviewed their RSP and highlight where only significant changes have been made by the 30th January each year. The Western Bay Regional Annual Review April 2017 – March 2018 is shown below.
Local Commissioning Plans (LCP)
The LCP is a report produced by the local authorities which outlines proposed grant spend and commissioning proposals for the next three years or year ahead. The LAs can choose to have a 3 year plan or an annual plan. It is not intended to be an exhaustive analysis of data and evidence but should outline commissioning and decommissioning intentions, the evidence used and how these conclusions have been reached. The LCPs can be found below for each Local Authority in the Western Bay region:
Western Bay RCC: A Regional Team Approach
Partnership working in Western Bay with, for example, the Health Board, Community Safety Partnership, Police, Housing and Homelessness Teams, Provider of Services, those who use the services and all prevalent stakeholders, is crucial to the success of the Western Bay Supporting People Programme.
A regional team approach has been adopted which has developed a platform to share information and identify opportunities and respond to providers desire to have a more consistent approach from Local Authorities. Regional Team Meetings take place regularly with members from LAs, Provider and Landlord sectors with the work being undertaken at a regionally collaborative level.
In addition to quarterly RCC meetings, twice a year at least, the RCC will hold a Development Day which gives the opportunity for members to focus on a specific topics and areas for future development.
Agenda, minutes and papers of RCC meetings, along with useful links to additional information is shown below.