Cheshire & Warrington Sub-Regional Partnership

C.Co worked with the Cheshire and Warrington Sub-Region on their regional Public Sector Transformation Programme (PSTP). The Sub-Region and the Partners have worked with C.Co twice before in the early stages of designing the current programme of work.

The Lead Partners represent all aspects of the Cheshire and Warrington community and include, but are not limited to, the four local authorities (Cheshire East Council, Cheshire West and Chester Council, Warrington Borough Council and Halton Council), Fire, Police, Health, CHAMPS, Probation and of course, where appropriate, Central Government Departments such as DWP and the Home Office.

C.Co was commissioned to undertake a mid-term review of the PSTP. This is a multi-agency transformation programme which is people-driven and aims to deliver full sector reform aligned to improving outcomes for local residents. The programme priorities include the following workstreams::

  • Preventing poor mental health
  • Reducing offending
  • Reducing domestic abuse
  • Enablers to achieve change
  • Health Related Worklessness and Low Pay Progression

The review was commissioned to take stock of the impact of the work undertaken to date and to (re)confirm the priorities for the remaining 18 months of the programme.

The review involved engaging with key stakeholders to understand their views on the programme priorities and to identify which priorities should continue or commence in the near future.

Different, innovative and creative means of engagement were provided to stakeholders, including:

  • On-line surveys,
  • Board Workshop,
  • Virtual Roadshow (due to Covid 19)

The level of engagement, despite the Covid 19 crisis, was hugely positive as was the feedback received for the tools and techniques, and style of presentation deployed by C.Co.

This engagement was supported by review of the evidence supporting the impact of the workstreams within the programme and engagement with Senior Leaders to ensure that the programme continued to deliver to Partnership priorities.

The work undertaken strongly demonstrated the huge and significant positive impact the programme has had on local residents, particularly those most vulnerable.

Having been involved with the PSTP for a number of years C.Co is pleased to see the huge impact collaborative working has had and hope this long continues.

“The conclusions of the review are extremely positive, with the first 18 months of the three year programme considered hugely successful in delivering real impact for residents through collaborative working, innovative design of projects, as well as continued implementation of positive change across the region.

The recommendations provide clear focus for the future direction of the programme and reinvigorated the Partnership. As always it has been constructive and productive to work with C.Co who provide clear momentum to their work.” 

Sonia Bassey MBE, Director of Public Sector Transformation