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Ralph Cook

Which councils are best at the NCAS Conference?

I am looking forward to the annual pilgrimage to the National Children and Adult Services Conference taking place from 20-22 November in Bournemouth. The Conference is always a great opportunity to hear the latest news and views from across the local government sector, but especially in adult and children’s services. I always enjoy connecting with Directors and Members who are grappling with the challenges that persist in the complex system of social care and who are trying continuously to make improvements.

To coincide with the Conference, we are publishing our third ‘Which Councils Are Best?’ report which includes the latest list of the Top 10 best performing councils in England and the Top 10 most improved councils compared to last year. Drawing from the IMPOWER INDEX, our analysis has gained significant interest and traction from across the sector and trade press in recent years and has provoked a debate on what ‘good’ looks like in local government.

At the NCAS Conference we will be giving out individual cards with specific insights for each council. If you are attending the Conference and want to know where your council ranks overall in our INDEX as well as some more granular detail about outcome productivity and performance in adult and children’s social care, please come to our stand (stand F34). We will also have copies of our ‘Which Councils Are Best?’ report. In January, we will be publishing our follow up report on ‘Which Councils Are Best for Adult Social Care?’ and will of course share that on our website and through our fortnightly INSIGHT newsletter.

Finally, we look forward to hosting over 160 Directors, Members and other colleagues at our dinners in Bournemouth next Wednesday and Thursday. If you have not yet booked your place and want to come, please drop me a line asap before we close the books!

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