Funding for innovative scrutiny
We recognise that good scrutiny needs to be effectively resourced and have received two rounds of funding for two three year periods, now concluded, to fund innovative approaches to the scrutiny of health, care and well-being issues. We have already funded 26 innovative scrutiny reviews (the learning from some of them can be found on our publications pages).
The bidding guidance for the last round of funding was launched at the Healthy Accountability Forum on July 13th 2009 on the theme of community cohesion and reducing social isolation.
The theme was inspired by the publication ‘Better Together’, a collaboration between the Institute for Community Cohesion and the NHS. Written by Andrew Lawrence the CfPS Health Scrutiny Advocate for the South West, Community Cohesion threads through all aspects of public sector service delivery, and encompasses age, status and disability as well as ethnicity.
The reviewing panel unanimously awarded funding to Kirklees Council's proposed study ‘Independence without Isolation’, now available in the CfPS library of reviews, as an exemplary bid fulfilling all the criteria set out in the guidance.
Four authorities successfully bid for funding in 2008 for innovative scrutiny reviews broadly based on partnerships tackling health inequalities and wellbeing. The CfPS were assisted in the judging of the bids by the IDeA's Healthy Communities Team. The reviews took place between January and June 2009 and are available in the Reviews Library.
- Winter deaths and fuel poverty (Warwickshire and Solihull)
- Practice based commissioning (North East Lincolnshire)
- Caravan and trailer park residents (East Riding)
- Preventing dependence on incapacity benefit (London Borough of Hackney)