Bosses admit services could be affected by a target of cutting nearly seven per cent of their income in the next 12 months.
Focusing on children and families, East Cheshire NHS Trust and Cheshire East Council are partnering to deliver more integrated services.
Recognising that nothing will change until frontline staff transforms the way they work, the two organisations have taken an innovative approach by empowering frontline staff to suggest and help implement the needed changes.
There is mounting evidence to support a more collaborative approach in identifying and addressing needs which otherwise become ‘entrenched’ and then ‘spiral and multiply, causing long term damage’ (The Allen Report, 2011). By recognising the challenges of financial constraints, and encouraging a richer mix of skills and resources, East Cheshire Trust and Cheshire East Local Authority have seized an opportunity to work more effectively together.
Listening to user feedback has prompted a change to the library layout. The shared space area which combines office staff and library facilities has been re-arranged to define the different spaces more clearly. For improved access and convenience, 4 computers and a scanner have been repositioned closer to the main library room. These are intended for anyone wanting to drop-in and check their email but can also be used for elearning. In addition, a large table with seating for 6 provides staff and students with somewhere for private study.
The changes will be complete when a number of bookshelves are repositioned nearer the main library.
Please have a look around next time you visit and let us know what you think. We are always keen to hear your views.