2014 Report details for project: Liaison and Diversion Programme

Project name: Liaison and Diversion Programme - there are 4 reports for this project: 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017
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Organisation: DOH (D12) - see all reports for this organisation
Report year: 2014 (data is from Sept 2013)
Category: Transformation - see all reports for this category
Description: The aim of the Liaison and Diversion programme is to improve health and criminal justice outcomes for offenders (or suspected offenders) with mental health, substance abuse, personality disorder, learning disabilities and other vulnerabilities. This should be achieved by investing in services (Liaison and Diversion services) to screen, assess and refer offenders at the earliest possible point of the criminal justice system into relevant treatment and support, and that information from assessments is subsequently fed into the criminal justice process and can be used to inform decisions about justice outcomes, charging, prosecution and sentencing. This fits with the strategic aims and objectives (offender rehabilitation to support reduced offending, and improved health and wellbeing outcomes) of each of the departments involved. It is accepted by the Coalition Government that this direction of travel supports the business needs, as it was anticipated that early intervention and investment in health services for offenders across England will save money through reduced ongoing impacts on the criminal justice system. Policy work is being taken forward by a cross government programme, funded through the SR settlement to DH and involving DH, Ministry of Justice and the Home Office, working with NHS England and Public Health England. HMT has recently approved the Outline Business Case and trials of a standard service specification are due to commence in April 2014 (the programme is due to transfer to NHS England in March 2014).
DCA (RAG): Amber/Red
DCA text: The programme governance has been strengthened, through the establishment of a cross-government programme board, along with an L&D programme board chaired by the SRO (who is at Director General level in the DH) and the appointment of an externally recruited professional Programme Director. All of which has resulted in the tightening of governance which has had the effect of placing the programme in a position where successful delivery of national roll-out of the L&D programme is becoming more tangible. As the programme moves into its implementation phase, it has produced implementation plans for the remainder of the programme, and addressed data / ICT strategy; workforce issues; risk and issue management; programme resources.
Start date: 2011-04-01
End date: 2014-04-01
Schedule text: The Gateway 2 Review (23 to 26/09/2013) found that significant progress had been made since the first PAR Review in April 2013. The Programme had been strengthened at SRO and Programme Director level which has led to a tightening in rigor of the overall programme. This represents a noteworkthy achievement, and reflects the hard work from the SRO and the Programme Team in getting to this position, in a challenging and difficult environment, which is to great credit of all those involved. Since the last GMPP return, HMT has approved the Outline Business Case and we are currently finalising arrangements for the transition of the programme to NHS England, which includes the development of a detailed delivery plan with identified work-stream plans. The target of establishing trial sites is on track for April 2014. The Overall Delivery Confidence Assessment status remains at AMBER RED until the results of the MPA Assurance of Action Plan Review, planned for 8th April 2014, are known.
Baseline: £35.00m
Forecast: £19.37m
Variance: -44.65%
Variance text: Variance on 2013/14 was due to the slower than planned roll-out schedule for Liaison and Diversion services. Full roll-out is dependent on HMT aproval of the Full Business Case and cannot be completed earlier than 2017.
Whole Life Cost: £59.47m
WLCost text: The profile for spend across the 4 years of the SR 2011-15 was set out in the 2010 HMT settlement letter to DH. The actual spend against 2012/13 and 2013/14 was taken from a spreadsheet provided by the SCLGCP directorate finance partner. Funding for 2014/15 is now profiled at £25.4m based on estimates undertaken as part of the OBC development. Now that the OBC has been approved by HMT, we can confirm that this level of funding is expected to increase to £29.7m in 2015/16. Further to that, the FBC (due to be delivered in Summer 2015) is expected to quantify the funding required for full rollout of this service, and if approved, will become ongoing funding for this service. The estimate in the OBC is that full rollout could cost £74m per annum from 2016/17 - this is an estimate and will be revised as services conforming to the new standard service specification are implemented and evaluated in 2014/15 and 2015/16. The Programme is due to end in 2016/17, and therefore to become business as usual for NHS England, therefore no project expediture beyond that point.
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Sourcefile: IPA_2014.csv

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