Can We Have Some More Please?

Yesterday we published “The DASS VISION.”  Under the spirit crushing corporate speak and spin it’s easy to miss detail. Eldritch our elderly butler alerted Lord And Lady Wirral-Leaks to the fact that true to form, out of every misfortune DASS management seek to turn it to their advantage. So instead of getting rid of the quite frankly crap managers, the proposal is to ask Councillors for yet more money for “Management.” Yup you couldn’t make it up, and yet again we haven’t.


Check out Point 6.2.2

“Management capacity is strongly linked to the Departments ability to make the level of improvement required. Further discussion will be held with members regarding how additional investment in an improved management structure could contribute to improving policy practice and procedures, performance and business management processes. The Department would also benefit from a clearer focus on strategic commissioning. This would be used to inform members of changing need and aspirations, as well as plans to change the focus of provision to meet those needs”


So it’s MBA’s all round ? And the gravy train rolls on.  Last time we looked these Management courses cost the tax payer around £ 37,000. Factor in that much of the work is also done in Council time (study days, days to attend college) and the economic cost is arguably far greater and for what exactly?? , Oh and you’ll find managers asking overworked Social Workers to give up part of their working days, and put their cases on hold, to help their managers with their course work.


Attachments: Interview Questions for Dissertation

Info following the request for social workers to a focus group


From: Tomlin, Peter R.
Sent: 15 November 2010 11:43
To: Woodcock, Maria A.; Burns, Mo; Alldis, Sarah L.; Nicholls, Karen V.
Subject: FW: Peter Tomlin’s dissertation focus group.


Hi all


I should have contacted you before Sheena sent the e mail. This replaces the previous request for managers to attend – I’ve consulted with my course tutor and agreed that a discussion by practitioners over the issues raised by the questions (see attached) is a better way of verifying the evidence through a focus group. If your team members can help at all I’d be very grateful. Each session will not last more than an hour.


Once we have availability Sheena will organize the venue







From: Young, Sheena P.
Sent: 15 November 2010 11:25
To: Woodcock, Maria A.; Burns, Mo; Alldis, Sarah L.; Nicholls, Karen V.
Cc: Tomlin, Peter R.
Subject: Peter Tomlin’s dissertation focus group.


Hi All


Peter has asked if you could please arrange for four social workers to attend his dissertation focus groups to be held on any two of the dates below (two SW’s for each day).


Friday 19th Nov.              PM

Monday 22nd Nov.           AM

Tues 23rd Nov.                AM



Sheena Young


Access and Assessment

Department of Adult Social Services