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Hard-wiring whole system priorities

Essex Partners and Essex Chief Executives came together in May to update each other on their work to deliver the ambitions set out in The Future of Essex and to hard-wire change into the whole system.

“We’re pushing in the right direction and we’re committing to seeing Essex flourish,” said Stephen Kavanagh, Chief Constable Essex Police, reflecting on the meeting. “Collaboratively we have catalysed our priorities, it’s very clear that the scale and change we’re witnessing in Essex communities takes many forms and the meaningful sustainable change the county now needs cannot be provided on our own. Trust, leadership and ambition will continue to be vital to ensure we’re thinking and acting more cohesively.”

Essex Partners are working with the Essex Strategic Coordination Group to explore multi-disciplinary teams of staff from across the system, with support from the EELGA to align work and ensure this collective leadership delivers system impact.

What will have changed in six months?

The workshop focused on what will be different in the next six months across a number of key priorities including:

Essex Innovates – Data analytics to support early intervention strategies: Completing a partnership self-assessment with identification of assets, capabilities and capacity across the system.

Essex Supports – Early help to reduce the number of crisis mental health incidents: Collating and analysing data on usage, key triggers, service referrals and effectiveness.

Essex Unites – Supporting communities in building civic pride and social capital: Scaling-up Community Action Zones and micro-volunteering and publishing the Essex VCS map of both formal and informal community support. Launching #EssexandProud Call to Action Campaign and the local place based Community Chest.

Essex Inspires – Skills and educational performance: Delivering a joint partnership strategy focused on ensuring a coordinated approach to the future delivery and commissioning of CEIAG. Creating a multi-agency partnership group to map the current guidance landscape.

Essex Communities – Maximise economic, community and public health potential of new developments: Delivering a series of high-profile speaking events and seminars promoting system-wide learning and new thinking on how development impacts upon public service outcomes.

Essex Leads – Taking a whole-system approach to promoting physical activity to support physical and mental health: Improving collaboration between public sector and community sector by taking an Asset Based Community Development approach with local communities. Developing big data to measure physical activity and develop behaviour change.

Essex Spirit – Safer Communities: A presentation on the Essex Risk Intervention Service will be delivered to all Essex CCGs over the next three months as part of the pilot of a commissioned service to cover falls assessment and ordering of assistive technology.

Essex Prevents – A countrywide approach to homelessness reduction: Developing a partnership roadmap and generating insight on those groups most at risk of homelessness to develop earlier intervention and prevention.

If you’d like to get involved in any of these projects email shammi.jalota@essex.gov.uk