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Innovation in local government is about improving the lives of the people in our communities. Browse through our case studies to see the many innovative programmes councils are involved in.

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Dorset County Council: using technology to deliver behaviour change at scale

A high priority for public health on transferring to local government in Dorset and even more so since the advent of STPs has been to make health improvement provision more consistent and equitable across the county and to join up support for different lifestyle risks. It was also a priority to draw on proven theories of behaviour change and to monitor outcomes. LiveWell Dorset is an integrated single service delivered by one contractor to support change across a range of risks and behaviours. 

Gloucestershire: integrated commissioning function

Joint contracting arrangements – for care homes, community based and voluntary sector provision – are headed up by the director of integrated commissioning, with lead commissioners incorporating children and maternity, disabilities and older people. This example of a local initiative forms part of our managing transfers of care resource.

Kent: single health resilience early warning database (SHREWD)

Over the past five years, the use of the single health resilience early warning database (SHREWD) has enabled Kent County Council to supply real-time data to support internal management and also operational partners. This example of a local initiative forms part of our managing transfers of care resource.

Hampshire County Council: pushing the boundaries by using Amazon Echo

Hampshire County Council has made assistive technology a mainstream part of its adult social care work. The approach has helped it achieve substantial savings with 100 new referrals being made each week into the service.


Using the improved Better Care Fund in Derbyshire

Derbyshire County Council has been working with local partners to develop and deliver a clear plan for use of the improved Better Care Fund. The approach is helping to maintain capacity across both social work and the independent sector, and supporting system flow and hospital discharges. The total number of bed days delayed across Derbyshire reduced in the first two quarters of 2017/18 and this encouraging performance is continuing. Just as importantly partners remain focused on their long-term ambitions of supporting more people to live at home independently.

Hertfordshire County Council - Using technology to reduce risk of falls

Staff running chair-based exercise classeshave started to use sensors and tablets to assess the falls risk of clients and helpingthem tailor exercise programmes. Theprogramme has been used in care homes andis now being tested in community settings.


Bradford and Airedale Region: working with the NHS to provide telemedicine

The health service and local government have worked together closely across the Bradford and Airedale region to provide telemedicine to care home residents and people in the community.


London boroughs supporting people with long-term conditions

Four north east London boroughs - Barking and Dagenham, Havering, Redbridge and Waltham Forest - are working with the local NHS and private sector partners to trail a range of different technologies to help people with long-term conditions.


Blackburn with Darwen Council: making the most of telecare

Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council has put itself at the forefront of assistive care technology. It uses both monitored and stand-alone devices to help 2,500 people live independently.


Staffordshire County Council: tapping into the potential of the high street

Staffordshire County Council has been using digital technology to help older people stay independent.