The role of Regional Collaborative Committees within the Supporting People Programme
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Regional Collaborative Committees (RCCs) make recommendations to the Welsh Government on Supporting People spending in their region.
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
Each RCC is made of representatives from local authorities, health, probation, Supporting People service providers and landlords.
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. For example:
A Regional Strategic Planning Cycle was developed which aim is to give a commissioning focus (plan, do, review and analyse) to the role of the Western Bay RCC and align with local governance and commissioning cycles. This has and will continue to enable the RCC to gather quantitative data, identify emerging priorities and current themes, be reflective, consider whether there are deliverable opportunities to secure services together and to report on a regional basis.
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. For example, a successful Development Day was held in May 2017 to look at the possibility of Western Bay developing a Housing First Model across the region. It has subsequently been agreed by the RCC to develop the model further and work is ongoing.
Agenda, minutes and papers of RCC meetings, along with useful links to additional information is shown below.