2015 News

2015 was a very successful year for SSA. Here are some examples of the work our clients asked for...

Postgraduate Certificate in Collaborative Transformation: Launch of cohort 12 with Canterbury Christ Church University and CIPFA. CIPFA have adopted the Postgraduate Certificate for their membership and will be promoting it across the UK.

NHS Nottingham City CCG: Design and delivery of a full support programme for 60 GP practices to develop a GP Federation to support service integration and enhance primary care delivery. This has included the design and delivery of workshops, mentoring, coaching and technical support for GPs and Practice Managers, helping them to develop the capacity and competencies to create and lead a new organisational form to meet the challenges set out in the Five Year Forward View.

Healthier Northamptonshire: high-level facilitation for the CEO group comprising two CCGs, three NHS trusts and the county council.

The Local Government Association/District Council Network ‘Leadership for Improvement’ Programme: aimed at District Council Leaders and Chief Executives the programme through a combination of structured learning, action learning and peer challenge, encouraged leaders to share their council’s journey narrative, explore new options for improvement, revisit and revise their council’s journey narrative accordingly, consider the leadership implications and develop an action plan. The programme was consistently highly rated by leaders. The last programme at Roffey Park in February 2015 achieved an overall rating score of 3.67 out of 4.

MOD: Defence Business Services: Teaching and faciliating two cohorts of senior managers from DBS in shared service and collaborative working and delivery of their business cases. This involved applying a number of the SSA toolkits and also the evaluation and learning from NAO reports on failed central government shared service working. 

West Berkshire Council ‘collaborative leadership programme’: this integrated and bespoke programme included cabinet and senior officer team facilitation, the roll-out of a council-wide collaborative leadership programme and the training and support of an internal team of  ‘collaborative architects’ who lead the council’s big-ticket transformational projects.

Oldham Metropolitan Council: ‘collaborative advantage’: a blended facilitative and training programme designed to help build the council’s internal capacity to collaborate in partnership with other stakeholders.

North Dorset District Council, East Dorset District Council, Weymouth & Portland Borough Council ‘Tri-Council Partnership’: SSA provided independent facilitation and a safe space for the leadership groups from the three councils to explore opportunities for collaboration and shared services. This has resulted in the first 3-way council partnership operating with a single senior leadership team serving three sovereign councils.

Exeter City Council, East Devon District Council, Teignbridge District Council: a bespoke facilitated programme that brought together leaders, deputies and chief executives from across the partnership to co-create a strategic narrative and shared vision and agree on a new type of partnership working. The outcome was a successful new style economic partnership.

St Edmondsbury Borough Council and Forest Heath District Council: Facilitation and training in support of the shared service partnership.

Bristol City Council: Facilitation and support of their Learning City Partnership.

Cherwell District, South Northamptonshire and Stratford-on-Avon District Councils: Senior officer training in support of their the shared service partnership.

Suffolk County Council and Police and Crime Commissioner: Independent facilitation on police and fire service collaboration.

Mansfield District Council and Ashfield District Council: Member engagement, peer review and training in support of the shared service partnership.

University of Derby: High-level facilitation with the Vice Chancellor and Deputy VCs to develop a new strategic narrative for the institution and strengthen the university’s culture of collaboration.

Sutton Council: Collaborative Practitioner Programme training for the shared service project team