I said I thought something was in the air and lo, while many of us are enjoying the delights of the East Midlands Convention Centre, I gather the following was issued earlier today:-Whole System Improvement Programme launches
A new programme of work has been launched to look at improving how probation services in the community can work together more seamlessly.
In the past few years there have been huge changes in probation. Since Transforming Rehabilitation, the primary focus of the newly created organisations has been on getting their own systems and processes working internally, embedding new operating models and responding to the various challenges they have faced. Now that the way we all work individually has become clearer, it’s time to look at how we all work together.
All providers of probation services are dependent on each other to succeed and the performance of the whole system requires the interfaces between providers to be efficient and effective. Sometimes those interfaces are highlighted as a hindrance rather than a help.
The Whole System Improvement (WSI) programme will focus on identifying incremental steps to improve the delivery of probation services. It will be a collaborative activity, coordinated by HMPPS but with all provider organisations playing an equal part in making change happen.
The Whole System Improvement Board have identified 4 initial workstream priority areas:
- rate card
- workforce strategy
- Strategic System Improvement (Reducing Bureaucracy)
- Transforming Rehabilitation interface processes
Jim Barton, Executive Director of Community Interventions, said:
“I am determined that we will continually and proactively improve system interfaces, build and share best practice and where necessary, develop new solutions. This is an exciting opportunity to take forward a positive agenda for change and improvement and it is important that everyone involved in delivering services in the community in HMPPS is engaged and is empowered to deliver this vision.”
There will be regular updates on progress throughout the programme and we are keen for as many people as possible to be involved. The Community Interventions WSI Project Team will shortly be recruiting team members. If you require any further information please contact CommunityWSI@justice.gsi.gov.uk
Jim Barton, Executive Director of Community Interventions
In other news, we learn that the proposed Panorama programme scheduled for transmission on Monday has been 'postponed'. I suspect this can only mean the lawyers are crawling all over it and I sincerely hope that the delay may only be short-lived.