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The Reablement recruitment campaign continues with a range of different approaches being used to advertise it. These include advertising on radio, buses, bus shelters and libraries. There is also a heavy presence on social media with three Facebook campaigns, resulting in:

  • 3,262 post engagements (clicks, likes, shares, comments)
  • 58,325 people were reached (reaching people within their news feeds, on our page, shares)
  • 175,051 impressions (the number of times the post from our page was displayed - whether clicked or not)
  • 987 people clicked through to our website - www.cambridgeshire.gov.uk/see-the-difference

96 applications have been received since 9 March 2018, with 14 new workers having started and 19 candidates are waiting for a start date.  Approx 15 FTE (509.5 hours) to be recruited.

Councillor Anna Bailey also featured on a reablement case study on BBC Look East promoting the service and the work it does to help people become independent again. 

Reablement recruitment factsheet

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Rail chief swaps spreadsheets for sprockets at TAG Bikes

Govia Thameslink Railway’s (GTR) Chief Financial Officer swapped spreadsheets for sprockets when he helped out at Huntingdon’s TAG Bikes workshop – part of our Supporting into Work scheme, working with adults with learning disabilities.

GTR donated around 50 abandoned bikes to the workshop in the New Year which were left at Great Northern and Thameslink railway stations – which received national media coverage, resulting in the workshop receiving over 100 donations within the first few weeks of 2018. On the back of this, the company’s financial officer who is a Cytech Level 2 qualified bike technician reached out to us to visit and work with the learners on the donated bikes.

The TAG team has been overwhelmed with all the positive messages and support received from the community for our TAG Bikes project – this has been a great confidence boost for our learners, who are now even more geared up to develop their skills for future paid employment.

Cross-government plan launched to support unpaid carers

The action plan sets out a 2-year programme of work to support unpaid carers, ahead of the forthcoming social care green paper which will set out long-term sustainable solutions for the social care system.

Read more information on the plan

Cambridgeshire schools call for fair funding

Cambridgeshire is one of the worst funded education authorities in England. The county receives £400 less per child than the average funded authority and £1,600 less per child than Westminster.

The Cambridgeshire Schools Forum has written to the Secretary of State for Education Damian Hinds and Cambridgeshire MPs to call for an increase in funding for all the county’s early years, primary and secondary schools and has also responded to calls for evidence on school and college funding and support for children with special educational needs from the Education Select Committee.

Although two-thirds of Cambridgeshire schools saw a modest increase in funding for 2018-19 this has been more than completely eroded by increasing costs including salary increases and growing recruitment costs, inflation and the apprentice levy.

The nature of our county means that there are a high number of small, rural schools who have been seriously disadvantaged by the cut in the lump sum allocation for each school from £150,000 to £110,000. This is equivalent to the full costs of about one teacher. The High Needs budget is also under enormous pressure with increasing numbers of children with high needs and the complexity of their needs is rising as well. Funding for early years childcare is also under pressure as Government funding levels for 30 hours of ‘free’ childcare do not cover the costs of delivery.

Change for children

The Children and Young People Committee on 22 May 2018 unanimously agreed a series of recommended changes to Children’s Services and Safeguarding to better meet the needs of children in Cambridgeshire.

In 2016-17, the Children’s Change programme introduced a number of changes. One year on, it is timely to review the impact of these and look at what else needs to be done to further improve our services for children.

These recommendations are informed by two external reviews of our services: a peer review of the Multi Agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH) and an in-depth analysis of the likely causes behind our growing population of children in care from Oxford Brookes University. An Ofsted focused visit concentrated on children in need and child protection also took place in March 2018. In addition we have listened to the views of our staff and other key stakeholders about our services.

The Children and Young People's Committee, Ofsted, Oxford Brookes and the peer review all commended the skills and dedication of our workforce and praised the quality of much of what we do. We are proposing changes so that our services are even more effective and resilient and our staff are better supported in the difficult and often challenging work they do to safeguard vulnerable children and young people.

An email inbox - [email protected] - has been set up to respond to questions and comments from staff and councillors.

Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Minerals and Local Waste Plan

Cambridgeshire and Peterborough residents are being invited to have their say as work starts on a new minerals and waste plan which will cover both areas and extends until 2036.

As mineral and waste planning authorities, Cambridgeshire County Council and Peterborough City Council are starting the process of preparing a single joint plan. The preliminary plan and supporting documents can be found on our website.

People are being encouraged to comment on the plan (details via the website link above) and the initial consultation period runs from Wednesday 16 May to Tuesday 26 June 2018.

A141 Wimblington Road Safety Scheme

The junction of the A141 (Isle of Ely Way) and Manea Road is a current accident cluster site with a history of collisions between turning vehicles and those travelling straight ahead on the A141. To solve these issues and improve pedestrian safety new traffic signals are being installed.

The project started in March 2018, with two of the traffic islands now installed and we're working closely with the local energy supplier to avoid the new road surface being dug up in the near future.

The road resurfacing, traffic light installation and associated works will re-commence in June 2018, after the completion of Anglian Water’s water main works in Westry, north of March. During this time, road maintenance will also be completed further north on the A141 between the new traffic lights and Eastwood End / A141 junction.

Drought damaged road repairs

Cambridgeshire County Council and Peterborough City Council jointly submitted a bid to the Department of Transport (DfT) to joint fund a long term solution and reconstruct sections of road that have been damaged by drought. 

The first Cambridgeshire scheme was completed on the A1101 at Mildenhall Road, Littleport in April 2018.  The next scheme will see repairs to Milk and Water Drove / Ramsey Road, Pondersbridge (B1095) on Monday 11 June and is likely to last up to five nights. The remaining schemes are to be completed this year.

View further information

A1123 Bluntisham Cycle Scheme

This scheme will see the cycleway extended from Bluntisham to Earith. It has included the installation of three traffic islands, the realignment of the Holliday’s Road junction and widening the footways to create the link. We also resurfaced the road through Bluntisham (A1123). The work is progressing well and expected to be completed by end of June 2018.

Local Highways Improvement Initiative 19/20

We are now accepting initial applications for the 2019-20 Local Highway Improvement (LHI) programme. This year, applications will be available in electronic forms that can be downloaded from our webpage and emailed directly. The final date for initial applications to be submitted will be Tuesday 31 July 2018.

Workplace Health Service

The competitive tender for the Healthy Workplace Support Service for both Cambridgeshire and Peterborough has been completed and the contract has been awarded to Everyone Health, the public health arm of Sports and Leisure Management Ltd.

Everyone Health currently provides the integrated lifestyle service in Cambridgeshire and aims to support employers to introduce health improvement initiatives into the workplace. This contract, which started on 1 June 2018, replaces the separate contracts held by Cambridgeshire County Council and Peterborough City Council (PCC).

For further information, please contact:
Val Thomas - Consultant in Public Health
Email: [email protected] 

Public Health England sexual and reproductive health services commissioning study

Public Health England (PHE) is currently sponsoring two sexual and reproductive health commissioning feasibility studies across the country. The current arrangements for sexual and reproductive health services divides commissioning between Local Authorities, Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) and NHS England (NHSE). PHE has invited commissioners from across Cambridgeshire and Peterborough to explore together opportunities for future alignment and collaborative commissioning opportunities for sexual and reproductive health services.

For more information, please contact:
Val Thomas - Consultant in Public Health
Email: [email protected] 

Health and Wellbeing Board update

The Cambridgeshire Health and Wellbeing Board met in public on 24 April 2018 and recognised the strategic benefits of closer joint working with Peterborough City Council’s Health and Wellbeing Board, and agreed to further work on developing a joint approach, including a joint meeting in public on 31 May 2018. 

The Board also agreed to extend the current Cambridgeshire Joint Health and Wellbeing Strategy until 2019, and to focus on three priorities until then:

  • Priority 1: Health inequalities, including the impact of drug and alcohol misuse on life chances
  • Priority 2: New and growing communities and housing - with a focus on health and wellbeing issues / services
  • Priority 3: Integration of services - including the Better Care Fund Plan; progress on delayed transfers of care; and a place based approach building on the strengths of local communities

The Board received a detailed review of current partnership work across the local NHS and Adult Social Care to ensure that patients who are medically fit to leave hospital are able to do so with clear support plans and services in place, and on the impact which this work has had on ‘delayed transfers of care’.

The Board also endorsed a cross organisational ‘Living Well Concordat’ to support a whole system approach to health and wellbeing across Cambridgeshire and Peterborough. 

For more information, please contact:
Liz Robin - Director of Public Health
Email: [email protected] 

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