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					   REGIONAL CENTRES OF EXCELLENCE
   5th QUARTERLY PROGRESS REPORT
   FOR RETURN BY 21st December 2006


As part of the standard programme management process, DCLG expects to see
progress reports at quarterly intervals. Subsequent Quarterly Reports should be
submitted on the following dates:

* 21 December 2006

Details on dates for submission of further quarterly reports will follow

Further details about management arrangements are set out in The Regional Centre of
Excellence (RCE) Grant Determination 2006 No 31/ 461.


Please enter
the full name
of your RCE      East Midlands Centre of Excellence

Please also ensure that you also complete the final section of this Document, setting
out your full contact details.
RCE Quarterly Progress Report                              Deadline for submission: 21st December 2006




   1. Finance. Further to the details set out in your Business Plan, please provide a brief update on
      income sources, and the expenditure on administration to support the work of your RCE.

        Income 2006/07
          Funding carried over from 2005/06
                                                                                  £2,237,189
            Core Funding received 2006/07 July 06
                                                                                  £1,000,000
            Additional Funding received April 06 (please specify
            amount and source for any additional funding received)                £50,000 ODPM


                                                           Amount allocated       Actual spend from
                                                           for spend 2006/07      1st April 2006 to
                                                                                  1st December 2006
        Administrative Expenditure
          Office                                           £9,077                 £11,525

            Staffing                                       £399,400               £288,055

            Office Furniture                               £353                   £1,876
            IT
            Marketing                                      £8,000                 £8,000

            Travel and Subsistence                         £20,500                £14,920

            Miscellaneous (please specify for amounts      57,366                 £33,149
            over £10k)
            Rent £11,000
            Total                                          £494,696               £357,525


            Total administration expenditure incurred to 1st December 2006 £357,525

            Anticipated expenditure incurred to 30th December 06 £402,038

   2. Projects. Please provide a brief update on Major Projects (over £30k). Please also indicate to
      which of the following categories these relate:

        To whom is support provided                  Nature of support provided

        A    County Councils                         G National Procurement Strategy support
        B    Unitary Councils                        H Sector specific efficiency support (please
        C    District Councils                         specify e.g. Social Housing, Education etc)
        D    Other Councils (Please specify)         I Corporate services support
        E    Fire authorities                        J Transactional services support
        F    Other parts of the public sector        K Productive Time support
                                                     L Training development support
                                                     M Sustainable procurement support (economic,
                                                       environmental and social issues)
                                                     N Support on procurement from SMEs, VCS,
                                                       social enterprise, etc
                                                     O Collaborative working
                                                     P Other support


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RCE Quarterly Progress Report                               Deadline for submission: 21st December 2006




       List RCE Projects and progress to date, including those completed. Where projects are delivered
       to sub-regions or individual local authorities, please specify if these projects are to be rolled-out
       to other parts of the region. Please also indicate the efficiency gains (or benefits) expected from
       each project and whether the figures have been verified by the RSe toolkit:

          (a) Supplier Spend Analysis Tool
       Funding allocated for Project:                Efficiency Gains anticipated:
       EMCE funding £170,000                         Cashable £42,991,000,
       EMDA funding £50,000                          Non cashable benefits £2,224,000
                                                     Figures verified by RSe tool? Yes
       Outcome: This project will provide each of the 45 Councils in the East Midlands with a
       comprehensive analysis of expenditure by supplier and commodity service.
       Next steps: Project completed analysis of expenditure will be used to develop an EM sourcing
       strategy. The delivery of this strategy is supported by the Northamptonshire CC bid for £100k to
       EMIP submitted on behalf of all EM Councils was successful and will provide an appropriate
       resource to undertake collaborative regional procurement projects. The Regional Workshop have
       identified 14 potential projects. Each member of the East Midlands Procurement Steering Group
       is to undertake research on one of these projects and report back to the Project Steering Group by
       the end of Jan 2007 who will then identify which of the potential projects to progress. Each
       County based workshop has also identified a number of priorities, with named individuals
       responsible for further actions.
       Category: A;B;C;G;I;J;M;N;O.

       (b) Joint approach to engaging with the market place

       Funding allocated for Project:             Efficiency Gains anticipated:
       EMCE funding £10,000                       Cashable £182,000
                                                  Figures verified by RSe tool? Yes
       Outcome: This Countywide initiative aims to encourage a diverse range of suppliers to help
       stimulate a varied and competitive marketplace.
       Next steps: Project Completed outcomes supported by the source East Midlands Portal
       Category: A;B;C;G;I;J;M;N;O.


         (c) Joint Procurement Capacity Building
       Funding allocated for Project:              Efficiency Gains anticipated:
       EMCE funding £220,000                       Cashable £503,000
                                                   Non Cashable £183,000
                                                   Figures verified by RSe tool? Yes
       Outcome:
       To provide additional procurement capacity for Leicestershire councils by making better use of
       existing qualified procurement professionals to realise savings through collaborative procurement
       and a reduction in duplication.
       Next steps:
       The job evaluation process at HBBC has now moved into the implementation phase and will have
       an impact on the recruitment process. A decision needs to made regarding alternative partner
       undertaking recruitment process and job evaluation or source from agency. Review and redraft of
       Leicestershire Procurement Forum‟s work programme has commenced.
       Category: A;B;C;G;I;J;M;N;O




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         (d) Procurement Cards Across Lincolnshire
       Funding allocated for Project:               Efficiency Gains anticipated:
       EMCE funding £100,00                         Cashable £1,332,000
                                                    Non cashable £4,261,000
                                                    Figures verified by RSe tool? Yes
       Outcome: Effective and efficient countywide procurement card solution. Common system
       procedures/process solutions. Provides an e-procurement solution for suppliers that are not going
       to adopt an e-marketplace. - Offer to join the P Cards partnership has now been opened out to all
       EM Councils, Lincolnshire Police and Universities.
       Next steps: A detailed project plan for phase 1 implementation to be drawn up with Lloyds.
       Engagement with the authorities involved in phase 1 of the implementation. Lloyds agreement
       documents to be signed by all partners. Confirm the appointment of Boston Borough Councils
       communications officer as the lead for communications. Start discussions with Customs &
       Excise on a blended vat rate.
       Category: A;B;C;G;I;J;K;M;N;O.

         (e) Foundation and Implementation of Welland Procurement Partnership
       Funding allocated for Project:                Efficiency Gains anticipated:
       EMCE funding £126,500                         Cashable £3,349,000
                                                     Non cashable £1,891,000
                                                     Figures verified by RSe tool? Yes
       Outcome: Implementation of Welland Partnership joint procurement team. To establish,
       implement and operate a „central‟ procurement unit owned jointly by the 5 Welland partner
       councils in accordance with the business plan agreed by the Welland executive panel.
       Next steps: Project completed - It is anticipated that savings will be made by partners by
       exploiting economies of scale and improving the level of expertise available to exercise greater
       purchasing power to drive down prices savings achieved to date £192,000
       Category: B;C;G;I;J;K;M;N;O

         (f) Removing Barriers to Sustainable Procurement
       Funding allocated for Project:                Efficiency Gains anticipated:
       EMCE funding £85,000                          Cashable £342,000
                                                     Non Cashable £227,000
                                                     Figures verified by RSe tool? Yes
       Outcome: A significant increase in the proportion of local authorities in the East Midlands which
       consistently and comprehensively achieve the NPS milestones. The environmental and social
       impacts of procurement are understood by elected members and staff.
       Next steps: Continue development work for Sustainable Procurement introductory training and
       present at LEGI meeting at Clowne. Attend LAEP AGM at Nottingham - consider energy
       section of Flexible Framework. Liaise with Forum for the Future re attendance at next Regional
       meeting and their input into the regional work. Liaise with County Procurement group chairs to
       prepare appropriate work for their meetings as necessary. Liaise with Terry Fox as necessary re
       web-based platform proposal based on decision of the Board. Establish format and content with a
       view to this being available as a pilot from February/March 2007. Exchange working papers with
       Nicole Fletcher, Camden, re Sustainability impacts for piloting on web-platform
       Category: A;B;C;G;L;M;N;O

         (g) E-Auctions
       Funding allocated for Project:             Efficiency Gains anticipated:
       EMCE funding £50,000                       Cashable £5,000,000
                                                  Figures verified by RSe tool? No
       Outcome: The 1st two auctions delivered in partnership with ESPO resulted in the wheeled bin
       auction delivered 15% and the PC consumables auction 42%.
       Next steps: ESPO are working in collaboration with the PRO 5 Consortium to further develop a
       contracts and e-auction programme
       Category: A;B;C;G;J;K;M;N;O


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         (h) Source East Midlands Portal
       Funding allocated for Project:                 Efficiency Gains anticipated:
       EMCE funding £36,000                           Cashable £1,213,000
                                                      Non cashable £453,000
                                                      Figures verified by RSe tool? Yes
       Outcome: To create an East Midlands portal website providing access to information on contracts
       of the local authorities within the five counties of the region. Additional information relating to
       the procurement processes for each local authority will be published through the site to smaller
       organisations who are trying to identify how they can work with their local authority.
       Next steps: Project completed - Live portal site populated with information.
       Category: A;B;C;G;I;J;K;M;N;O

         (i) Collaborative Working and Joint Shared Services – 3 North Derbyshire Councils
       Funding allocated for Project:                Efficiency Gains anticipated:
       EMCE funding £100,000                         Cashable savings £3,818,000
                                                     Non cashable savings £1,079,000
                                                     Figures verified by RSe tool? Yes
       Outcome: To undertake a feasibility study and ultimately facilitate the establishment of joint
       working units in Internal Audit, Building Control and Procurement. The final strand to the project
       will be a full options appraisal of Corporate Services provision and migration into a single shared
       unit. Within these four strands a primary aim will be to secure efficiency gains, both in terms of
       cashable and non-cashable benefits, through collaborative working and the resulting economies
       of scale.
       Next steps:
       Building Control - The Joint Board are to consider the completed business case on 20th
       December, 2006 Procurement - All three Councils have approved the establishment of a shared
       Procurement Unit. Internal Audit - This project is now complete and moved into the
       implementation phase. Corporate Services - Deloittes have been awarded the commission for
       Corporate Services options appraisal. Further workshops with Deloittes on Corporate Services are
       planned, including the presentation of draft findings/recommendations.
       Category: C;G;I;J;K;M;N;O

         (j) Shared Services Across Lincolnshire
       Funding allocated for Project:                Efficiency Gains anticipated:
       EMCE funding ££320,000                        Cashable £2,006,000
                                                     Figures verified by RSe tool? yes
       Outcome: Phase 1 of the project will provide a baseline assessment of the current situation across
       the county; a strategic approach to infrastructure assets; implementation of horizontal integration
       across back office and front line pilot services and an alternative approach to street scene
       services.
       Next steps:
       The first meeting of the Elected Member Management Board will discuss its role, progress made
       with the 3 fast track work streams and the Programme Initiation Document. The Programme
       Board meeting will review the interim work on the Outline Business Cases for the 3 fast track
       work streams. This is to ensure that the project teams are taking account of best practice and
       developing realistic options. The Programme Director and Programme Manager will be attending
       the inaugural meeting of the 4Ps network (north) in Sheffield. The 3 fast track work streams
       project teams will continue to develop the Outline Business Cases. The first meeting of the
       Customer Services work stream will consider its objectives and scope. The second meeting of
       the Street Scene work stream will take place in December, and the first meeting of the ICT work
       stream will take place on the end of December. A Project Assessment Spreadsheet (PAS) will be
       submitted to the 4Ps in order to arrange a Gateway Review for the programme.
       Category: A;B;C; I;K;O




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         (k) Shared IT Support Across Lincolnshire
       Funding allocated for Project:             Efficiency Gains anticipated:
       £90,000                                    Cashable £254,000
                                                  Non cashable £1,371,000
                                                  Figures verified by RSe tool? Yes
       Outcome: Shared ICT support facility. Minimise risk to partners. Better utilisation of resources.
       Performance gains and Efficiency gains. Potential aggregation of services.
       Next steps: Prepare a report summarising the findings and the conclusions from the workshop.
       Participating authorities to fully implement out of hours support for their members. Working
       with EMCE to develop a proposal for presentation to the EMIP Board in January re development
       of a strategic IT framework and regional disaster recovery proposal.
       Category: A;B;C;I;K;O

         (l) Benchmarking of Customer Service by Mystery Shopper Exercise
       Funding allocated for Project:                Efficiency Gains anticipated: service improvement on
       EMCE funding £60,000                          cashable or non cashable savings identified
                                                     Figures verified by RSe tool? Yes
       Outcome: To provide baseline data for the development and improvement of service across
       Derbyshire. To undertake a programme of improvement addressing those areas and to assist in
       the development of common service standards across Derbyshire.
       Next steps: Presentation of Findings from Mystery Shoppers Ltd to all Partners. Issue of final
       reports to all Partners including Partnership Summary. Discussions taking place to agree date of
       Wave 3. Action Plans for Wave 2 to be received from Customer Services Managers. Tender
       process to be implemented for the purchase of face to face feedback devices.
       Category: A;B;C;I;L;O

         (m) Revenues & Benefits in a customer Service Environment
       Funding allocated for Project:              Efficiency Gains anticipated:
       EMCE funding £55,000                        Cashable £58,000
                                                   Non cashable £668,000
                                                   Figures verified by RSe tool? Yes
       Outcome: Create an integrated service design that will significantly enhance service standards
       without increasing overall costs by harnessing people, technology, systems and processes.
       Produce a blueprint document for a suggested standard template providing an efficient split
       between front/back office for the Revenues and Benefits Service
       Next steps: Development of business case. Final report scheduled for December 06.
       Category: C;I;J;K;O

         (n) Derbyshire Wide Shared Citizen Authentication Service for Shared Online
             Transaction
       Funding allocated for Project:              Efficiency Gains anticipated:
       EMCE funding £50,000                        Cashable £137,000
                                                   Non cashable £130,000
                                                   Figures verified by RSe tool? Yes
       Outcome: Seek to minimise the cost of obtaining the service for the Derbyshire e-government
       partnership, via procurement of a partnership licence, and doing the necessary investigations and
       analysis for the production of guidance and protocols for using the service.
       Next steps:
       Review and rewrite project timeline now that Gov Connect have accepted Derbyshire Partnership
       as an “early adopter” for GCSx, and given an indicative timetable for delivery of the products.
       Liaison with partners Negotiation with Gov Connect Account Manager. Further work on
       Business Cases
       Category: A;B;C;I;O




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         (o) Shared Services Nottinghamshire
       Funding allocated for Project:           Efficiency Gains anticipated:
       EMCE funding £50,000                     Cashable £870,000
                                                Non cashable £40,000
                                                Figures verified by RSe tool? Yes
       Outcome: setting up a partnership arrangement with the private sector to provide transactional
       and back office services to the public sector. Rushcliffe will lead on the project but are seeking
       partners from other councils in the County/ region to join the partnership either initially or over
       time.
       Next steps: Finalisation of a list of contracts. Finalisation of contract documentation, including a
       procurement strategy pricing/cost model and partnership philosophy. Presentation to short listed
       partners
       Category: C;I;J;K;O

         (p) Construction Framework Agreements, Supply Chain Management & Performance
             Metrics
       Funding allocated for Project:                Efficiency Gains anticipated:
       EMCE funding £100,000                         Cashable £6,984,000
                                                     Non cashable £5,186,000
                                                     Figures verified by RSe tool? Yes
       Outcome: Establish & develop a LA Construction Consortium. Establish & deliver a
       Highways/Property framework agreement. Research and develop a highways & property metrics
       framework. Address the construction skills problems by increase take-up of apprenticeships or
       NVQ.
       Next steps:
       Project completed case studies will be published on the EMCE website. Continuation of work
       will be rolled into the national construction work stream delivery plan and be supported by bids
       for EMIP funding. Regional property construction framework is now established. Highways
       professional services framework for three County Councils now advertised for a strategic partner.

       Category: A;B;C;G;H (construction);M;N;O

         (q) Building Control Beyond Boundaries - Nottinghamshire
       Funding allocated for Project:               Efficiency Gains anticipated:
       EMCE funding £60,000                         Cashable £1,674,000
                                                    Non cashable £240,000
                                                    Figures verified by RSe tool? Yes
       Outcome: Improved marketing capability of Nottinghamshire wide building control services. with
       an increased range of services available to customers. Customers receive a seamless and
       consistent service across the whole of the shared function area.
       Next steps: County Chief Executives Group have requested project team to re-visit the LA
       Company option as a possible way forward.
       Category: B;C;I;K;O

         (r) Provision of Additional Services in Partner Contact Centres - Derbyshire
       Funding allocated for Project:                Efficiency Gains anticipated:
       EMCE funding £100,000                         Cashable savings £6,000
                                                     Non cashable savings £377,000
                                                     Figures verified by RSe tool? Yes
       Outcome: Evaluation of methods available to achieve Back Office to Front Office CRM
       integration: Initial business case produced on the way forward; Preferred method of integration;
       Identification of pilot organisation(s); Agreement on system(s) to be integrated.
       Next steps: Project completed case study available on EMCE website
       Category: A;C;I;K;O




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         (s) Development of a Package of Arrangements to Support “Location Independent”
             Working for a Broad Range of Employees - Derbyshire
       Funding allocated for Project:                Efficiency Gains anticipated:
       EMCE funding £30,000                          Cashable £40,000
                                                     Figures verified by RSe tool? Yes
       Outcome: To build on the outcomes of the National NOMAD project and stimulate a
       preparedness and appeal for both managers and employees to actively engage in location
       independent working pilots and trial initiatives across the workforce that utilise the opportunities
       presented by mobile working technologies.
       Next steps: Project completed. - Pilot service area has been identified as planning and rights of
       way. This will enable the learning to be disseminated to partners, in a meaningful way in a
       service area that has commonality across the partnership.
       Category: A;C;B;I;K;L;O

         (t) Developing an Approach to Managing the Market for Independent Provision of High
             Cost Learning Disability Residential Care
       Funding allocated for Project:                 Efficiency Gains anticipated:
       EMCE funding £100,000                          Cashable £1,130,000
                                                      Non cashable £2,996,000
                                                      Figures verified by RSe tool? Yes
       Outcome: Developing a joint EM approach to managing the market for independent provision of
       high cost learning disability residential care. To reduce existing expenditure on Learning
       Disability high cost care and/or to manage the increase in future expenditure through achieving
       reduction in the number of and unit costs of high cost placements.
       Next steps: A meeting was held with Chris Spark from the Regional Health Procurement Hub
       which was very fruitful and has led to Chris joining the High Cost Placement Procurement
       Group. The Health hub has a much broader remit but has IT and other resources and expertise
       which will be very useful. The Procurement task group has developed a two stage process for a
       procurement exercise which will be put to the Project Board. Leicestershire County Council has
       recently began an 'In Control' Pilot. We have been looking at ways of ensuring that this fully
       informs the work of the Project.
       Category: A:B;G;H (Social Care);M;N;O

         (u) Strategic Approach to Supported Living for People With Learning Difficulties -
             Leicestershire
       Funding allocated for Project:                Efficiency Gains anticipated:
       EMCE funding £57,000                          Non Cashable £101,000
                                                     Figures verified by RSe tool? Yes
       Outcome: To develop and co-ordinate affordable supported living options for people with
       learning disabilities, who are currently in high cost residential care or who are due to enter such
       residential care from educational establishments.
       Next steps: Project completed a case study and best practice toolkit is being produced and will
       be published on the EMCE website.
       Category: A;B;H (social Care);O

         (v) Major Adaptations to Residential Properties, People With Disabilities - Leicestershire
       Funding allocated for Project:              Efficiency Gains anticipated:
       EMCE funding £75,000                        Cashable £291,000 - Non cashable £1,065,000
                                                   Figures verified by RSe tool? Yes
       Outcome: Speeding up the processing of major adaptations; ensuring that unnecessary delay is
       highlighted quickly; allowing all agencies and service users web accessible updates on progress;
       improved management information and feedback on performance.
       Next steps: Investigate invoicing process to determine what, if any, improvements can be made.
       Meet with Call Derbyshire staff to discuss possibility of routing calls for any major adaptation
       application within Derbyshire through their call centre. Prepare report on findings.
       Category: B;A;H (social care);K;O


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         (w) Community Alarms Emergency Response Services For Vulnerable People
       Funding allocated for Project:               Efficiency Gains anticipated:
       EMCE funding £85,000                         Cashable savings £223,000
                                                    Non cashable savings £5,114,000
                                                    Figures verified by RSe tool? Yes
       Outcome: Produce a strategy to deliver a minimum level and standard of service available to
       vulnerable people across Derbyshire and Derby City. Secure improvements in value for money
       and release resources for reinvestment
       Next steps: Audit of the range of technical capacity and functionality in the Derbyshire-based
       control centres jointly with the Telecare Project Board; Update reports to the Supporting People
       Commissioning Body and the County wide Older People‟s Steering Group; Relevant Supporting
       People Service Review reports to be made available to the Project Board to provide background
       information. Older People‟s conference on Telecare and Assistive Technology
       Category: A;B;H (social care);O
         (x) Collaborative Partnership – children & Young People - Northamptonshire
       Funding allocated for Project:               Efficiency Gains anticipated:
       EMCE funding £110,000                        Cashable £854,000
                                                    Figures verified by RSe tool? Yes
       Outcome: Provision of leadership and commissioning capacity for universal and preventative
       services for children and young people in the county. Delivering the priority outcomes for
       children and young people as set out in the LAA, CYPP and LSPs.
       Next steps: Appointment of children‟s commissioner has been set for September 29th with an
       envisaged start date of January 2007
       Category: A;B;H (social Care);O

         (y) Strategic Support of Floating Support Sector – Leicester City
       Funding allocated for Project:                Efficiency Gains anticipated:
       EMCE funding £90,000                          Cashable £4,794,000
                                                     Non cashable £903,000
                                                     Figures verified by RSe tool? Yes
       Outcome: Effectively targeting resources, better outcomes for service users, clearer access routes
       to services, and addressing gaps in needs as current services do not cover full range of need.
       Clearer and more effective procurement framework for these services.
       Next steps: Project Board Held on the 16th November. Agreed the criteria to be used to procure
       or reshape floating support services in line with expected efficiency savings and overall aims and
       objectives of the review. Extra resources have now been promised from LCC Social Care
       Procurement Unit. Letters informing all stakeholders about decision to be sent out. Final stage
       project plan to be completed. Report to be prepared for LCC scrutiny committee in Jan 07.
       Category: A;B;H (social care);O

         (z) Supporting People – Outcomes Framework (Regional)
       Funding allocated for Project:               Efficiency Gains anticipated:
       EMCE funding £46,000                         Cashable £3,499,000
                                                    Non cashable £262,000
                                                    Figures verified by RSe tool? Yes
       Outcome: Positive impact on achievement of local and national priority targets and improved
       focus on outcomes for service users. Focus on prevention to avoid escalation of need. Having
       tools to develop SP services should generate savings in other service areas
       Next steps: The Project Manager has attended the West Midlands RIG Meeting. At this meeting
       the Worcestershire Outcomes Model was discussed and now has been approved to be
       implemented across the West Midlands. Worcestershire was invited to deliver a presentation on
       their model to the project board, which will be discussed at the East Midlands RIG meeting for
       approval. The Project Manager is to present a case for the Worcestershire model to be
       implemented across the East Midlands. This will be needed to be agreed across all Administering
       Authorities in the East Midlands and consulted on with providers across the region.
       Category: A;B;H (social care);O

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         (aa) Children & Young people’s Regional Commissioning Framework
       Funding allocated for Project:               Efficiency Gains anticipated:
       EMCE funding £80,000                         Cashable £5,310,000
                                                    Non cashable £111,000
                                                    Figures verified by RSe tool? Yes
       Outcome: By promoting a common language and approach across the region will make it easier
       for organisations to develop local, sub-regional and regional arrangements to address: the needs
       of all children, young people and their families and carers.
       Next steps: The Project team met with CSIP (Heather Miller) to strengthen understanding around
       commissioning in health and how this framework might support this activity. Produced skeleton
       contents for the framework for discussion and review. Communication with new PCT Chief
       Executives to inform them of „direction of travel‟ and invite their involvement/advice. Use the
       same communication to re-connect with DCS. Evaluate key findings of these „engagement‟
       discussions to inform/shape emphasis. Project team will visit IPC (Oxford Brookes) for a
       working day to accelerate development of materials.
       Category: A;B;H (social care);O

         (bb) Integrated Waste Collection Service - Nottinghamshire
       Funding allocated for Project:                Efficiency Gains anticipated:
       EMCE funding £195,000                         Cashable £458,000
                                                     Non cashable £1,049,000
                                                     Figures verified by RSe tool? Yes
       Outcome: Model the integration of refuse and recycling routes (primarily domestic, trade waste
       and recycling centres) across all eight collection authorities in Nottinghamshire to identify the
       potential efficiency gains through more efficient and collaborative working. More efficient use of
       vehicles and productive use of crews avoiding excessive non productive travel time between
       routes and disposal sites.
       Next steps - The verification checks for each authorities data sets will begin in December through
       January, as data becomes available. This will involve visits to each authority by ENTEC and
       Webaspex.
       Category: B;C;H (environmental service);O

         (cc) Integrated Waste Collection Service - Northamptonshire
       Funding allocated for Project:                Efficiency Gains anticipated:
       EMCE funding £110,000                         Cashable £682,000
                                                     Non cashable £1,553,000
                                                     Figures verified by RSe tool? Yes
       Outcome: Model the integration of refuse and recycling routes (primarily domestic, trade waste
       and recycling centres) across all seven collection authorities in Northamptonshire to identify the
       potential efficiency gains through more efficient and collaborative working. More efficient use of
       vehicles and productive use of crews avoiding excessive non productive travel time between
       routes and disposal sites.
       Next steps: DDC Pilot Daventry proposed routes to be validated. Use of Brackmills to be
       evaluated. Best size of vehicle to be determined for implementation of new rounds in April 2007.
       The possibility of further optimisation of green waste schedules to be determined. WYG to
       prepare baseline report. GIS data to be validated
       STAGE 1 WYG to approach all other authorities within partnership and facilitate start up
       meetings. DDC to share information with other authorities in relation to data and resources
       required for project. PID and tender document to be re-sent to all authorities. Arrangement to be
       made for WYG to give demonstration of routesmart data at next project team meeting
       Category: B:C;H (Environmental Services);O




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         (dd) Streetcare Services – Derby City
       Funding allocated for Project:               Efficiency Gains anticipated:
       EMCE funding £50,000                         Non Cashable £539,000
                                                    Figures verified by RSe tool? Yes
       Outcome: Re-engineering of both front and back office processes to deliver improved customer
       responsive service levels and more efficient use of staff resources. Providing one source of
       accurate and up-to-date information for customer services advisors, mobile communication with
       work teams, improving productivity and efficiency
       Next steps: Identify any remaining gaps in the Highways knowledge base and fill them. Prepare
       for go-live for CSIS Home Page for Highways in mid-January and plan for the Go/No-Go
       decision point. Complete development of new Business Processes for Waste and Street
       Cleansing. Once the new processes are confirmed, re-write the business analysis documents in
       preparation for InfoPath form development. Upgrade Waste and Street Cleansing back office PCs
       as identified previously. Develop detailed plan for the remainder of the project.
       Category: B;J;K;H (environmental services)

         (ee) Scimitar
       Funding allocated for Project:                 Efficiency Gains anticipated:
       EMCE funding £42,500                           Non cashable £300,000
                                                      Figures verified by RSe tool? Yes
       Outcome: Scimitar is a proposal to link seamlessly all the electronic catalogues of public and
       higher education libraries across the East Midlands. The project will contribute towards greater
       co-ordination of acquisitions and resource-sharing across the region. By Procurement of a system
       so that staff and users in each service are able to search concurrently the other participants library
       catalogues and to view status and location details of individual items.

       Next steps: The Scimitar Project Board will devise and distribute a questionnaire to gather LIEM
       members views on and support for the three suggested scenarios before recommending the way
       forward in January 07
       Category: A:B:D (higher education establishments) H (culture & leisure);O

         (ff) Mrs Barker - Northamptonshire
       Funding allocated for Project:              Efficiency Gains anticipated:
       EMCE funding £229,000                       Cashable Gains £5,644,197
                                                   Figures verified by RSe tool?
       Outcome: Examine the potential for shared services between Northamptonshire Councils &
       identify what 4 services might be considered to take forward to the next stage to be examined in
       more depth, culminating in a business case justifying the preferred way forward.
       Next steps:
       Procurement: Implementation plan reviewed, 2007-08 budgets identified for all participating
       councils. Implementation across the Districts to be progressed by the project sponsor. Revenues
       & Benefits: Consultation process and CEx support obtained for 10 partnership initiatives, 4 to be
       progressed as implementation projects and 6 requiring development of Full Business Case (FBC).
       Fact finding and workshops organised to progress implementation and Full Business Case (FBC)
       planning. Better Regulation: Continue refinement of Outline Business Case. Finalise and Issue
       report rescheduled for consideration at Programme Board of 24th January 2007. Customer
       Access & Service: Meeting held with IdeA to determine where assistance may be provided with
       the scoping of this project.
       Category: A;B;C;G;I;J;K;M;N;O

          (gg)         Fire & Rescue Shared Back Office Services
       Funding allocated for Project:          Efficiency Gains anticipated:
       EMCE funding £100,000                   Cashable £6,292,000
                                               Non cashable benefits £1,779,000
                                               Figures verified by RSe tool? Yes



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       Outcome: Commission a comprehensive independent review into the existing provision of
       support functions across the East Midlands Fire Region and options for their future delivery. The
       independent review will determine the best way in which support functions should be provided to
       East Midlands Fire and Rescue Authorities.
       Next steps: Meeting held with Chief Fire Officers to discuss options analysis and
       recommendations. Informal briefing to RMB on initial findings/options/recommendations.
       Preparation of final report for presentation to RMB at its January meeting.
       Category: E,I,J,K,O

       Any other projects in addition to those listed above:

       EMCE Funded projects below £30,000. Savings verified by RSe tool over 5 years
        Nottinghamshire Northern Procurement Unit – funding £10,000 – savings £1,676,000
        Feasibility Study EM IT infrastructure – funding £10,000
        Accord Partnership Testing - £10,000
        Daventry Employment of Procurement Specialist – funding £10,000 - savings cashable
         £180,000 (completed)
        Locally Produced Food in Lincolnshire Public Sector Catering - funding £18,000
         (completed)
        Creation of Central Processing Unit – funding £10,000 – savings £19,000 (completed)
        EM Legal Partnership – funding £20,000 – savings £2,565,000 (completed)
        Blaby Development of Home & Remote Working – funding £10,000 – savings £268,000
         (completed)
        EM Training Workshops for Supply Chain – Supporting People – funding 10,000
         (completed)
        Leicestershire Scientific Services & Trading Arrangements – funding £20,000 – savings
         cashable £195,000 (completed)
        Derby City & South Derbyshire Revenues & Benefits – funding £10,000 (completed)


       EMCE expenditure on regional projects
        Grant payments made 2004/05 = £13,200
        Grant Payments made 2005/06 = £327,651
        Grant payments made from 1st April to 1st December 2006 = £896,241
        Grant payments Forecast from 2nd December – 30th December 2006 = £49,388

   3. National Theme Lead Activity and Progress. Please provide details of progress on the
      National Lead(s) for which your RCE is responsible. This may include any projects (include
      allocated project funding), theme working-groups, and next steps for delivery on the lead. Also
      indicate any concerns or barriers to delivery of the National Theme Lead:

       Next steps report to the LGTF on construction frameworking and other related issues for its
       meeting on the 12 December contains the following;
        Summary of the outcomes and actions arising from the EM road show pilot held in
          September,
        A proposal to test the feasibility of creating a regional Local Education Partnership (LEP) via
          SCAPE System Build ltd,
        The extent of DTI commissioned research into the impact frameworking is having on SME
          contractors,
        Asset Management action plan development to support the construction issues to emerge
          from CSR07,
        A costed 15 point action plan for consideration for DCLG funding.
        The total bid for resources is £2,320k.

       Work continues on the two construction bids for property and highways. The property bid will be
       about testing the feasibility of using SCAPE as an EM construction procurement company for

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       BSF construction via a LEP and other capital project work. The highways bid is about developing
       either a local authority company for procuring highways maintenance/minor work schemes, or
       alternatively using the services of ESPO. Initial framework will be for projects from £0.5m to
       £5.0m both reworked bids are aiming for the 8 January EMIP Board approval.


   4. Good News Stories. Please report briefly on good news stories or best practice in you region and
      how this information has been disseminated wider. This may include quick wins, efficient and
      innovative approaches to service provision or increasing practical fulfilment of NPS milestones
      e.g. through work with the Round 7 Beacons. Please also provide details of any case studies that
      have been published, or are being prepared, by your Centre.

       Procurement
       Nottinghamshire County Council‟s EM construction framework is being supported and
       publicised by EMCE. An open day for contractors and the supply chain was well attended on
       22nd November. Julie Slatter made a brief presentation regarding the national agenda on
       construction at the launch of the Nottinghamshire Construction Framework. The launch event
       was well attended and will hopefully provide a platform for engaging more authorities from the
       East Midlands in the framework. Initial interest has been received from Daventry DC, who have
       signed a partnering agreement, Rutland and Northants CC.

       The work of the EM Standard Documents group is progressing well and they have agreed dates
       of 9th January for the Nottinghamshire, Lincolnshire and Derbyshire groups of Councils, and the
       17 January for the Leicestershire and Northamptonshire groups for the launch to Councils of the
       PQQ / ITT / Financial threshold guidance and Procurement Connection software (as developed
       by Derby University).

       The Chief Executives of the Nottinghamshire group of Councils have agreed to the award of a
       contract to Faun for the supply of refuse collection vehicles RCV‟s. This has involved the
       Councils developing and agreeing a single standard specification for the vehicles, and then
       agreeing on the award of the contract for the supply of 20 vehicles to a single supplier. Cashable
       and non cashable savings of c £300k are forcast.

       In partnership with Derby City Council‟s Supporting People Team and Larch Consulting, EMCE
       organised a capacity-building workshop for providers of housing-related care services in Derby
       city. The full day event focused on helping providers to understand the public procurement
       process and how to develop compliant, effective bids.

       Andrew Foster assisted in the scoping of and subsequently attended the Public Sector
       procurement event hosted by GOEM attended by 62 interested participants representing, Local
       Govt, Other Public Sector bodies such as EMDA, DCLG, OGC, NHS, the private sector
       representatives such as the FSB and third sector representatives such as SEEM, Voice etc. The
       purpose of the event was to develop some consensus on the way forward for public procurement
       in the East Midlands. The main outcome agreed was to establish a “Small representative group to
       develop a regional public sector procurement strategy”. Subsequently a further meeting has been
       established to which the EMCE are invited to pursue the outcomes of the meeting. It was
       noticeable that there is considerable misunderstanding about the nature of Local Govt
       procurement activities amongst the private and third sectors

       Social Care
       EMCE have been working with East Midlands CSIP Regional Development Centre in its
       interactions with East Midlands ADSS. Colleagues did some work unpacking the various aspects
       of commissioning, which they thought should be tackled as part of programme of improvement
       work across the region. The Directors of social care wished that the development programme
       should specifically address:




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          Marketing and Markets focusing on the need to develop an understanding of the existing
           market and its changing profile. In considering the desired market of the future and consider
           how to best modernise contracting and procurement practices to support and develop
           markets.
          Commissioning for outcomes for individuals there is a desire for a workshop with health
           colleagues to identify the shared outcomes the region should seek to work towards together
           and in developing this understand and progress the change in systems and processes
           necessary to deliver the desired outcomes.
          Regional approaches rather than have each system work in isolation the desire is for an audit
           of commissioning activity „across regions‟ identifying who is doing what on this, what
           approaches are been taken and to draw out examples of good practice. This will highlight
           what might be possible for the future. There is also a desire to consider the possible
           approaches to strategic and individual needs assessment and analysis using Information
           Technology.

       A draft development programme has been developed and EMCE are now working with CSIP and
       colleagues from across the region e.g Skills for care and the NHS procurement Hub and hope to
       broaden the approach to provide an integrated programme across health and social care for
       Adults, Children‟s and Supporting people practitioners.

       The aim of the programme is to provide an opportunity for senior managers from localities to
       work together on their commissioning and leadership skills and specific service development
       issues, which will have a significant impact on managing change in the planning, commissioning,
       delivery and organisation of future health and local council services. It is suggested that the
       programme should accommodate Directors and Executives to have a facilitated time to a) gain
       insight into national proposals and b) respond to and give feedback to national proposals jointly
       and c) allow time to sign up to a common direction of travel and d) ensure there is ongoing
       opportunity to evaluate progress against vision. The programme will need to be targeted at
       different levels and the following might be considered:

          Directors/Chief Executives and Senior Managers: Level 3 Senior managers should be in a
           position to:
           o have a common understanding of the national and regional scene and how they broadly
               intend to respond to this
           o be able to offer support and direction to senior and middle managers so that proposed
               changes from them to existing systems of delivery are understood and evaluated in the
               light of the shifting agenda.

          Senior Commission Managers, Joint Commissioners and Public Health Officers Level 2 and
           level 3
           o Need to have feedback from the above and
           o Likewise, have a common understanding of the national and regional scene in order to
               have a better common understanding of how commissioning drives the shifts required
               nationally and regionally.
           o Provide senior commissioning managers, joint commissioners and PHOs with time and
               space to reflect, within a structured approach, on the knowledge and skills needed to
               improve commissioning effectiveness. The focus will be upon individual and potential
               multi agency working across partnership boundaries
           o Provide access to national and where possible international examples of best practice,
               speakers and tools and products to assist them to become excellent leaders and change
               agents utilising their commissioning skills as drivers for change.

          Contracting and procurement staff and team leaders: Level 1
           o Need to be able to relate their daily tasks to the commissioning framework of their
              agencies so that they can design the contracts and form the mature partnership
              approaches with providers and markets necessary to deliver the shifts in direction and
              outcomes to achieve best performance.

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           o   Avoid duplication of effort in design and have access to shared templates and products,
               which makes life easier for them and for providers.
           o   Contracting and Procurement – certificate or diploma level courses as provided by a
               number of academic institutions.

       It is suggested that a number of partners should contribute to the programme and formal
       approaches will need to be made to these to confirm their roles and contributions. These might
       include IDeA, the NHS Institute for Innovation and Improvement and the NHS Networks, ECCA,
       UKHCA, NHS Confederation, the East Midlands Centre for Excellence, CSCI and CSED. All
       have had an initial approach and have agreed in principle to contribute. Advice will be taken
       locally on what academic institutions to engage in this should this be considered appropriate.
       Once there is agreement on the partnership approach costs associated with the programme will be
       better understood.

       The EMCE will also aim to use the programme to work with the health and social care sector to
       develop opportunities for regional collaboration on procurement using the data provided in the
       spend analysis to identify and prioritise opportunities and to develop a procurement strategy for
       health and social care in the region.

       Transformational Government
       Following the DCLG consultation event on transformational government held on 8th November a
       regional discussion on opportunities for collaboration and delivery against the T Government
       agenda was facilitated by EMCE in the afternoon. Emerging from this a proposal is now being
       developed to submit to the East Midlands Improvement partnership EMIP. The proposal is, that
       EMIP commission a feasibility study and develop a business case for a regional approach to
       disaster recovery and business continuity, potentially through the development of a regional
       services centre. In addition the report will also explore the feasibility of the adoption of a regional
       strategic IT framework which will facilitate shared working across LAs and the public sector
       more generally and will offer opportunities to collaborate on procurement and share skills and
       capacity in change management and process reengineering required to drive forward the
       transformational agenda.

       A new transformational Government Network has been established in the East Midlands. The
       Network is facilitated by Local Government East Midlands (LGEM) and held its first meeting on
       12th December. EMCE are working closely with LGEM in the development of this group which
       aims to bring together IT specialists, change managers and project or programme leaders of
       shared service projects in the region as a forum to share best practice and learning and pool
       capacity and expertise. The Network will link closely with the new 4Ps networks and the first
       meeting was attended by a representative from 4Ps.

       East Midlands Improvement Partnership (EMIP)
       The East Midlands Improvement Partnership (EMIP) exists to help drive up capacity and
       performance. It aims to work collaboratively with the local authorities of the East Midlands to
       deliver a joint improvement programme. The Partnership uses a hybrid “commission and bid”
       approach to allocating improvement support. On the 17th October the EMIP Board were provided
       with an overview of all capacity building funding bids received by EMIP. Work stream lead
       Chief Executives reported on all applications with a recommendation of whether they should be
       supported. The Board agreed to support 1 proposals previously received by DCLG and 6 new
       proposals with a further 13 being re-evaluated when additional information is received and
       presented to the EMIP Board in January. The decisions of the Board were referred to the Member
       Steering Group on Improvement for approval on 30th October 2006. A work programme is also
       being developed to support the delivery of the EMIP priorities and targets. The EMCE are
       managing the EMIP programme and are the lead agency on the Transformational Government
       and Efficiency work stream.




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       Business Improvement Techniques
       The EMCE has been working to progress the offer of pilot Business Improvement Techniques
       training within the region. Three potential pilots have already been identified. The approach to
       date has been to identify pilots in authorities who are currently involved in projects sponsored by
       EMCE where the training will add value and support delivery and implementation of the project
       outcomes. One authority has already signed up and a number of others are interested. This
       training initiative was also presented to the Transformational Government Network which has
       generated further interest in taking up this opportunity.

       Communication
       An excellent set of results have come back from the recent EMCE customer satisfaction and AES
       survey. Currently a total of 114 colleagues from around the region have completed the in depth
       survey in the allocated week of collection. Detailed information is available on the EMCE
       website. November sees the seventh consecutive rise in visitor hits and pages visited to the
       EMCE website. There were 2,387 visits to the website in November.

       The following new case studies will be published on the EMCE website in January 07:
           Melton Learning Hub
           Notts Construction Framework
           WBC Consortium Business Rates
           Highway Design Benchmarking Club
           Derby City - property service
           Trading Powers
           RCV case study
           Derby City - CRM Shared Services
           High Peak Cash Office


   5. Engagement with regional and national change agents. Please provide details about
      engagement and activity of the Centre with other change agents, e.g. OGDs, RIPs.

       On Wednesday November 1st the EMCE hosted the EMCE/EMIP Annual Conference. Over 80
       of the regions change agents, local government officers and Members representing 40 of the 46
       EM local authorities were present. This action packed day included several key note speakers
       from national government who discussed the latest developments in the improvement and
       efficiency agenda (Colin Whitehouse DCLG) and possible repercussions from the recently
       published White Paper (Paul Dowey DCLG). A series of tailored workshops offered delegates the
       opportunity to explore ways to improve in their specialist field and develop their general business
       processes. Event information and slide presentations are available to download from the EMCE
       website.

       Chris Allison met with IPF as national change agents for asset management to devise a national
       programme over three years to address the requirement to realize £10.0bn from asset disposals,
       arising from CSR07 this action now forms part of the action plan before the LGTF.

       Helen Richmond Met with Ray Cowlishaw (CEX of Derby City Council), Bryn Walters (Waste
       & Minerals Policy Advisor for East Midlands Regional Assembly), Jonathan Nobbs (EMDA‟s
       Resource Manager for Programme Efficiency), Mike Meech (Head of Sustainability, GOEM)
       Robin Hall (Waste Implementation Manager, GOEM) and Andrew Foster regarding the
       possibility of organising a „waste summit‟ for CEXs and Members of waste disposal authorities.
       This will also assist EMRA in effectively communicating the findings of a research project
       commissioned into the waste infrastructure needs of the East Midland‟s sub-regions up to 2020
       which is due mid January 2007.

       The EMCE have supported the Alliance LEGI project across three Notts/Derbys districts and
       Andrew Foster is currently chairing the procurement work stream and has developed a draft


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       delivery plan. Group colleagues are to submit comment by end of Dec 2006 so that the Delivery
       Plan can be passed to the 2x Procurement Staff recruited in Jan 2007 for detailed action planning
       and resubmitting back to the group on 7 Feb 2007. The delivery plan involves both Social
       Enterprises and SME involvement

       A Regional Sustainable Procurement Practitioners Group has been established to provide a
       conduit between the national initiatives and the county procurement groups and other interested
       bodies such as EMDA, GOEM, and LGEM.

       A meeting was held in conjunction with the WMCE in which Achilles gave a presentation about
       their experience in auctioning taxi services. Subsequently a further meeting has been arranged to
       enable those interested to learn about this from the user‟s perspective.

       Andrew Foster and Chris Allison are supporting EMDA with the development of a Regional
       Procurement Strategy following the Public Procurement Workshop held in Leicester on 26 Sept.

       Julie Slatter has been elected vice chair of the oversight group for CSIP East Midlands RDC.
       Membership of the group includes representatives from Health, social care (Chair of the East
       Midlands ADSS), universities the Government Office and The EMCE, also representing the East
       Midlands Improvement Partnership. We see this as a positive opportunity to develop cross sector
       working in the EMCE priority work stream for social care. It also provides a valuable opportunity
       to inform and be informed by the ongoing work programme for CSIP.

       Julie Slatter met with Christopher Smith from DCLG, Denise Steadman from Leicester SP team
       and the Chair of the East Midlands Supporting People Regional Improvement Group (SP RIG),
       and Andrew Japp regarding the next steps following the Value Improvement Projects in the East
       Midlands. A number of potential projects were identified for development and referral to the
       DCLG. It was agreed that these would be referred to the SP RIG for discussion at their next
       meeting in early November and that they would be tasked to identify a small working group to
       work with the EMCE to develop business cases for consideration by DCLG.

       Julie Slatter represented the EMCE at a DCMS event on improvement in culture and sport.
       Following the meeting a bid was made from the East Midlands Regional Cultural Improvement
       Partnership to Sport England for funding for an Improvement Pilot. The pilot is for Member
       Development For Portfolio Holders in Sport And Culture. The DCLG steering group fully
       endorsed the bid. The group were particularly impressed with: the level of detail around outputs
       as well as the sustainability considerations. Genuine partnership working and links to wider
       partnership work is of a key requisite of any pilot and this element of the bid was a real strength.

       Chris Allison met with WM LEP group of LAs regarding the progress and teething problems of
       their BSF programme, facilitated by 4ps with the vision of establishing a similar network for the
       EM, again using the good services of 4ps


   6. Engagement with local Authorities. Please provide details of how you have engaged with local
      Authorities and indicate any areas of concern e.g. specific problems or issues faced by local
      authorities.

       Chris Allison and David Mackness (SCAPE Building Systems Ltd) met with colleagues in
       Rutland to discuss the potential of joining the SCAPE Framework for 2 new school Build
       projects.

       The EMCE team are currently undertaking a programme to review the status of all EMCE funded
       projects with the Project Sponsor and Manager of the lead local authority.

       The East Midlands e-Forum was hosted by Nottinghamshire County Council's Corporate
       Procurement Unit in association with the EMCE to share good practice regards practical e-


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       procurement experience within the East Midlands. The event was designed to be an exchange of
       knowledge and networking for practitioners at the sharp end of the e-procurement agenda.

       Chris Allison met Derby City Council reps regarding an EM infrastructure project with Julie as
       the for runner of a bid for EMIP resources. EMCE offered to pump prime the initial feasibility
       study.

       Helen Richmond contacted all 9 Waste Disposal Authorities (waste managers) in the East
       Midlands region to establish each authority‟s waste management strategy and current stage in the
       procurement process. This research will be used to refine EMCE‟s Environmental Service
       Action Plan and inform other support agencies engaged in the waste management agenda.

       Helen Richmond met with Steve Bell (Head of Waste Management, Northamptonshire CC),
       Geoff Beck (Head of Environmental Services, Milton Keynes) and Susan Morrell (Project
       Manager) to discuss plans to undertake a feasibility study into the joint procurement of waste
       treatment and disposal facilities for Northamptonshire County Council and Milton Keynes unitary
       authority.

       Helen Richmond met with Susan Morrell and supplied her with tender documentation and
       evaluation frameworks previously used by Wakefield MDC, in addition to the joint waste
       disposal contracts developed through the East Sussex CC and Brighton & Hove City Council
       partnership.

       Helen Richmond met Cllr Chris Millar (Leader of Daventry District Council and Chair of the
       Northamptonshire Waste Partnership) Olabode Esan (Executive Officer of the NWP) and
       Catherine Boardman (Environmental Portfolio Holder, DDC) and discussed the
       Northamptonshire Integrated Waste & Recycling project, the support provided by EMCE and
       Helen Richmond‟s attendance at future NWP Shadow Board meetings.

       There is a developing recognition of the merging of the procurement of goods and services with
       the Shared Services agenda. During two of the County Group workshops it was recognized there
       was an opportunity to develop common specifications across the county group and that ultimately
       this could lead to a shared IT service across the County area. The procurement professionals
       recognized that to develop this they needed to engage with IT professionals. EMCE will develop
       a presentation around the white paper shared services agenda and supplier spend workshop data
       for IT & Procurement professionals in county groupings.

       A consultation event on the development of the East Midlands Commissioning Framework was
       held on 24 November. The meeting was well attended with representatives from Local
       Authorities, Health, CSIP and providers present. This project is supported by EMCE. Julie Slatter
       presented headlines from the Supplier Spend data which was received with interest and much
       discussion on how best to take this forward and how the framework will support delivery of a
       more collaborative approach. The content of the framework and tools to be included have been
       agreed following an extensive round of consultation with regional partners.

       Julie Slatter continues to work with CSIP in engaging with the regional Directors for Adult Social
       Care the most recent meeting on 8th December also included representatives from the East
       Midlands Strategic Health Authority and Public Health Board. Emerging from the meeting is the
       proposal for improvement support on commissioning as outlined above. The approach continues
       to promote cross agency collaboration and is a valuable opportunity to share skills, knowledge
       and resources.

       Julie Slatter attended the project Board for the EMCE funded project - Managing the market for
       provision of high cost residential care for adults with learning disability - which is progressing
       well. Following discussions with Ian Shepherd, Chief Executive of the NHS procurement Hub the
       procurement proposal is currently being reviewed to explore opportunities for Health to
       collaborate with the nine social care LAs in the region on procurement.

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EMCE hosted events for EM local authorities

       Event Title                                                 Date          Number of
                                                                                 Delegates
       Construction Conference                                      18/09/2006        110
       Community Product Workshop                                   20/09/2006           9
       Insurance Services Workshop                                  20/09/2006         24
       Strategic Management of Complex Local Authority Projects     27/09/2006         51
       Supporting People Workshop                                   04/10/2006         30
       Asset Management Workshop                                    26/10/2006         60
       EMCE/EMIP Annual Conference                                  01/11/2006         80
       Regional Supplier Spend Workshop                             28/11/2006         18


   7. Private/ Voluntary Sector Engagement. Please provide details of how you have engaged with
      the voluntary and private sector. Are there any barriers that need to be overcome, and how is the
      Centre tackling these?

       The EMCE is working with the Development Trusts Association as part of the BEST project
       funded by EMDA to establish a small team to develop an evaluation tool by which “social
       benefits” can be captured and evaluated in a procurement project.

       Chris Allison met with Richard Williams, Director of KPMG and agreed that KPMG would
       showcase good practice on shared services/Social Care

       Chris Allison met the EM Business forum on 22 November at invitation of the Inst of Directors
       and the CBI. Discussed our SSA work and EMDA support etc.

       Chris Allison met with EMDA and private sector companies on 24 November with an interest in
       the sustainability agenda. Devised a survey for private sector companies on the state of
       preparedness for the sustainability targets set by government.

       Helen Richmond visited Biffa Leicester Ltd (Simon Crook, Operations Manager) to discuss the
       assessment regime agreed with the Environment Agency and recent modifications made to the
       plant in order to overcome issues regarding the composting output. Undertook a guided tour of
       the Ball Mill and Wanlip treatment facility.




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PLEASE COMPLETE AND RETURN TO MELVIN HUGHES, DEPARTMENT FOR COMMUNITIES AND LOCAL GOVERNMENT, LOCAL GOVERNMENT
MODERNISATION AND EFFICIENCY DIVISION, ZONE 3/H6, ELAND HOUSE, BRESSENDEN PLACE , LONDON SW1E 5DU
TEL: 020 7944 4147
FAX: 020 7944 4994
E-MAIL: melvin.hughes@odpm.gsi.gov.uk
If you have any queries about this form, please contact Rehan Haidar (Tel: 020 7944 5157 or e-mail: rehan.haidar@odpm.gsi.gov.uk)

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