We support councils and other third sector organisations navigate the complex processes and mechanisms required to meet the challenge of integrating health and social care, and develop and deliver a system that will be fit for the future.

We work with the community-focused third sector ensuring they can play a full and sustainable part in delivering innovative and effective services to meet local needs. We help increase their commercial capabilities, evidence their value and grow their impact in order to attract new business and investment.

In 2020 – 21 we helped our clients achieve:

We produced guidance for councils in England, on behalf of the LGA, on procuring accommodation and support for rough sleepers and those at risk of rough sleeping in the early stages of the COVID-19 pandemic. Our subsequent review; “Lessons learnt from councils’ response to rough sleeping during the COVID-19 pandemic”, followed this up, uncovering what has happened since the Everyone In initiative, showcasing best practice and lessons learned. This was a valuable resource for councils around the country.

We delivered a webinar, facilitated by the LGA’s Environment, Economy, Housing and Transport Board Chair, to help explain and expand on the guidance.

We assisted Broadlands and other Norfolk Councils and their partners evaluate their Warm Homes programme, that aimed to tackle fuel poverty and associated ill health with a view to mainstreaming the programme in the future. The programme supports low income residents to reduce energy bills, maximise benefit entitlement and increase the thermal comfort of their homes, thereby contributing to both physical and mental health benefits.

We worked with an Integrated Care System (ICS) in the south of England to help develop structures for a multi- agency development vehicle for primary and community care facilities. We provided critical friend review to business cases for the transfer of assets to members of the ICS. This helped facilitate more productive use of buildings across the ICS and integration of health and care services.

We worked with Bradford Council to review the effectiveness of its children’s placement process, including assessing process efficiency and market engagement. This helped the Council develop processes to secure more and more suitable accommodation for its looked-after children. We assisted Suffolk Council in the development of a multi-agency safeguarding strategy for older adolescents. This has helped facilitate a new and flexible approach amongst partners in Suffolk working with adolescents in helping them secure positive transition to adulthood.

We supported the LGA’s Care and Health Improvement Programme (CHIP), funded by the Department of Health and Social Care. CHIP is designed to help local health and care systems operate more effectively. We developed “sizing the prize”, a collaborative analytic tool for health and care systems to highlight where combined resources can be allocated more efficiently and supported local systems in prioritising activity for the Better Care Fund, a jointly funded health and social care resource aimed at integrating health and care.

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For more information about what we have helped our clients achieve, see our 2020-21 impact report.


Local Partnerships provided impartial, technical reviews and advice, ensuring confidence with staff and stakeholders. We would recommend Local Partnerships to other public and third sector organisations.

Elaine Poon, Major Projects Officer, West Lindsay District Council

For us it’s about finding ways to improve and things that could be done better. Local Partnerships provided a clear and effective delivery of the review, which provided valuable information to the council and allowed us to action processes that have made for a better project.

Andy Jackson, Senior Engineer, Asset and Major Programmes, Leicestershire County Council



Main Contact

Jenny Coombs

Programme Director – Health & Social Care


Mobile: 07769 648 274
Telephone: 020 3574 8485












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