Powys County Council

The results

We achieved the 13-week target timescale for the project. Taking full advantage of the highly efficient and productive working practices that are embedded in the Skylakes business model, each of our social work practitioners delivered six completed service user assessments per week. Each assessment was quality assured before being uploaded.

Our team efficiently progressed safeguarding concerns and cases where ‘funding from health’ was indicated. They also reported ‘concern with provider’ issues to PCC. While ensuring that standards of care were not compromised, the Skylakes team managed to identify economies in some of the care packages provided. These were reported to PCC and actioned in consultation with the council’s social care team.

The Skylakes team also identified a number of cases where eligibility criteria were no longer being met and, therefore, it was inappropriate for PCC to continue providing the care package.

Delivering positive service transformation is a key aim of the Skylakes service. As part of their efficiency review, our team found and addressed anomalies in the use of direct payments. They also identified opportunities for efficiencies in commissioning and contracting

Following Skylakes’ success in Montgomeryshire, PCC re-commissioned Skylakes for a project in Radnorshire.

Project Highlights

  • Powys County Council
  • January to March 2015
  • The 13-week project timescale target was achieved.
  • Substantial savings in care packages were identi ed and actioned.
  • Powys County Council re-commissioned Skylakes for another project in Radnorshire

The challenge

As the market leader in social care partnerships, Skylakes was approached by Powys County Council
(PCC) to assist them in reviewing the eligible care needs of adults in Montgomeryshire, both in placement and community settings. Faced with a challenging target to meet their statutory obligations, PCC had identified a need for tactical support of their in-house assessors, managers and admin staff. They also wanted to identify potential efficiency improvements and assess the experience of working with a partner who could provide quality-assured professional services.

The council needed a flexible, bespoke, responsive solution from a highly-skilled team. They needed work to begin promptly and tangible results to be delivered to meet the target timescale of 13 weeks.

Our approach

We began by providing pre-project advice to help identify target service users whose care support packages were deemed to be ‘stable’. We plotted the customer journey and cost per review to provide a
clear project plan and budget.

Our unique, adaptable business model enabled us to respond quickly once we received approval to proceed. In just four weeks we mobilised an experienced team of social work practitioners and support staff, working remotely but supported by administrative staff at Skylakes headquarters. The team was supervised by a Skylakes Locality Manager, liaising closely with the PCC management to ensure their expectations were met.

At Skylakes we are committed to keeping our partners fully informed through continuous assessment and reporting. Our team provided weekly updates on the status of every allocated case. There were also opportunities for feedback to be shared through regular conference calls and meetings. Our detailed final evaluation report enabled PCC to measure outcomes and identify areas in which processes could be further improved or streamlined.