Cheshire Resilience Forum Concept of Operations

In light of continuing changes to the structure and funding of many public sector organisations the Cheshire Resilience Forum embarked on a process to review the working arrangement of the Resilience Forum – this workstream has been called Future Structures.

In May 2013 the Resilience Forum approved the adoption of a new more streamlined way of working to maximise the efficient use of increasingly limited resources, with work ongoing over the summer to agree how the detail of have this would be achieved. This culminated in October 2013 to the formal adoption of a pilot to test a new way of working, which is characterised by:
the reduction in the number of standing groups to two:

  • an Executive Group – to provide strategic oversight
  • a Management Group – as the engine room;
  •  moving to having most of the meetings to take place on a single day of the month;
  • the creation of Capability Leads;
  • the creation of Risk Assessment Leads;
  •  only allowing Task and Finish Groups to be created with a specific objective and clear timescale – to avoid the promulgation of standing working groups which have not always been seen to deliver.

As this new approach is a pilot, the Resilience Forum has agreed a 3-stage approach to its implementation:

  •  Stage one (October 2013) – establishment of the Executive Group and Management Group and identification of Capability Leads and Risk Assessment Leads;
  • Stage two (October 2013 – March 2014) – handover from the existing standing groups to the Management Group and Capability Leads;
  • Stage three (April 2014 – March 2015) – piloting the effectiveness of the new way of working, learning from any lessons and tweaking the new approach as necessary.

This will culminate in an assessment of the key measures and an independent facilitated review between January and March 2015.

The Concept of Operations Document outlines the way the CRF will now work.