Bolton Council's vision is for residents to start well, live well and then age well, building a prosperous, green and distinctive local environment for residents.

Bolton Council wanted to combine health, social care, and place data. This would enable quicker, better informed decisions on their long term social care-market strategies.

The challenge

The council needed to focus on their transformation planning and delivery – minimising time-consuming multi-source data collation and analysis.

Visualising and assessing the full impacts of transformation decisions on residents was difficult. The data covered a spectrum of sources that had not been previously brought together. Nearly every council in England faces similar challenges.

How we helped

We worked with them to develop the ‘Springboard’ insights platform that enables councils to combine and visualise data on health, social care, and place.

Local authorities can get several benefits from this data platform. Its core purpose is providing data insights on social care for councils to use in forecasting, long-term strategic commissioning plans, or transformation programmes.

"The 9-month development of Springboard was complex and required robust management. The design involved multiple stakeholders. Grant Thornton were proficient, patient, and supportive throughout. We’re using the platform to develop and update our key strategic plans, such as market position statements, 10-Year Supported Housing Plan, and commissioned service reviews."

Bolton Council

The results

Springboard gives councils insight power on social care data. It visualises data sets, enables data to be looked at across different geographies, offers unlimited data capability, and features a forecast functionality. Importantly, it's sustainable long term.

The platform is agnostic, so other local authorities can also use it for their social care-service planning.

About our team

We are the market leaders in both health and social care insight and benchmarking as well as developing sustainable insight platforms for our clients. Springboard is just one example of this. With over 100 councils currently having licenses to our insight platforms, we support councils to benchmark their current performance against their peers, identify opportunities for transformation and then deliver the change needed – all in a co-produced ethos.

Nick Clarke

Nick Clarke