We have been aware of a growing national shortage of social work staff for some time, especially in the field of children and families. It will be as obvious to you as it is to us that however well thought out your Best Value Performance Plan without the staff to deliver it and the managers to manage it, it will fail. So for the past year we have been developing a strategy to help the public sector in particular to manage the immediate consequences of staff shortage and to plan for the longer term.
The basic structure of the strategy is well tried :-
If this is a problem you are facing perhaps we can be of help. Two Powerpoint presentations you can download from here will give you a better idea of our analysis of the problem in general terms and our approach to it. They say the same thing in very different ways. The first is more graphic; the second is more detailed. Try them both and you'll see what I mean!
Recruit & Retain Presentation
The second free goody is the benchmarking tool we have developed and which you are welcome to use provided you acknowledge our copyright in anything you publish interally or externally. It is an outline which we designed primarily for during consultancy work on recruitment and retention. You really need us to get the best out of it by putting flesh on its bones. It is in MS Excel format.
Social Services Strategic Planning is a consortium specialising in Best Value in Social Services and Partnership in Social Inclusion. The team working directly on this project comprises Mike Cosgrove and Keith Fletcher.
Is now an independent consultant specialising in leadership, change and social policy. He was formerly a senior member ofKent Social Services Department, first as assistant director for personnel, training, performance management and work force competency then as area director for Dartford and Gravesend. He is a member of the IDea team for peer reviews advising on restructuring and capacity building in the charitable and voluntary sector. He has participated in a number of Best Value reviews in local authority social services and undertakes serious incident enquiries.Mike is vice chair of an NHS community trust and is an honourary fellow of Keynes College, University of Kent.
The Director of Social Services Strategic Planning, is the author of "Best Value Social Services" and "Negotiation for Health and Social Services Professionals". He was deputy chief inspector in theSocial Services Inspectorate Wales and has spent the past seven years almost exclusively working on what is now called best value.
If you would like to discuss the possibility of an input from us into resolving the recruitment and retention problems you are experiencing contact us. We would be delighted to talk over the options with you.
© SSSP Ltd., September 2003