Making maps work harder for social prescriptions

As a nation, we rely heavily on our NHS and we’re unique in the fact that we default to our GP with any kind of issue relating to our health. We’re reassured by the traditional model of an initial consultation followed by a referral if necessary. But often, the most useful treatments and therapies exist[…]

Thank you for supporting 10 years of Empowering-Communities

It was the year of the News of the World phone hacking scandal, the rebuilt Wembley Stadium opened to the public for the first time and Celebrity Big Brother was launched on Channel 4.  2007 was also the year that Empowering-Communities was founded by CEO Gary Pettengell, following a successful 20 year career involved in[…]

Cambs Leads The Way On Conditional Cautioning

Cambridgeshire Constabulary is pioneering an initiative on E-CINS aimed at helping low-level offenders make amends for their crimes and avoid a court hearing. In conjunction with the Liaison and Diversion Scheme East of England, the offender’s issues are identified and appropriate conditions are set as well as the timeframe in which it needs to be[…]

Peterborough Pilot Reduces Low-Level Offending Through
 Pioneering Integrated Offender Recovery Programme

An intensive support programme to help the recovery of vulnerable people who commit low level crime is reducing offending levels across Peterborough. The Integrated Offender Recovery Programme (IROP), thought to be the first of its kind nationally, focuses on helping people with mental health and/or drug and alcohol issues, who are vulnerable and can be[…]

National 
E-CINS Forum and Working Groups Launched

Several schemes and users have identified the need for a National E-CINS Forum and I am now in the process of setting one up. I have listed some of the areas of business E-CINS is used to manage below. It therefore makes sense to have a number of working groups under the Forum umbrella. Each working group can[…]

Combining Mental Health and Employment Support in a Multi-Agency Approach

by Kevin Moore FIEP, Chief Executive, Future Path Ltd Future employment provision will clearly need to be aimed at supporting customers with multiple and/or complex needs. Early sightings of DWP’s intentions for “Work Programme Plus”, and speeches from Iain Duncan-Smith, Priti Patel, Lord Freud and Jeremy Moore all focus on two concepts – the need to[…]

Leicestershire latest to use E-CINS Needs Assessment Tool to manage people presenting in crisis

We are pleased to welcome Blaby and Melton Mowbray in Leicestershire who are going live with the E-CINS Needs Assessment. The Needs Assessment tool was developed for Derby City as part of a DWP pilot looking to manage people presenting in crisis under the new welfare reforms. This electronic assessment links questions to teams/organisations who[…]

You could save 1 hour per referral with the E-CINS Electronic Referral Forms and Custom Cases

This pioneering technology saves time and money for those involved in producing referrals and improves accuracy and service delivery to both agencies and customers. It can be used for any area of business and any hard copy or electronic referral forms can be adapted to work in this way. For example IOM, Troubled Families, MARAC,[…]

Needs Assessment Tool Helps Derby City Council Residents Get The Right Support

As part of the Government’s Welfare Reform Bill, Universal Credit will be launched in February 2015 with the aim of modernising and streamlining the country’s benefit system. Eleven local authority areas successfully bid for a joint Local Authority and Job Centre Plus 12 month pilot, run in partnership and funded by the Department for Work[…]