Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council (RMBC) have unique challenges. The cost pressures means that the council will be smaller in size and need to work with its partners in the Sheffield City Region requiring a significant programme of change.
RMBC engaged 4OC to develop a structured programme approach to agree and get a common understanding of a set of Organisational Design Principles to underpin the savings plans from each directorate. We worked with the SLT and refined the budget strategy and prioritised a series of business cases for change. We delivered:
- Organisational and Programme Design Principles to underpin the three year change plans
- An outline operating model and an outline approach of how to deliver it, with a specific focus being on the reduction in demand across Social Care/Public Health)
- A short and long-list of opportunities for cost reduction and income generation
- A governance framework that supports, monitors and reports on progress towards the proposed organisational operating model
- An approach to develop internal capability to take responsibility for driving transformational change
The approach we used put the Strategic Directors (and subsequently their heads of service) at the heart of the design of the future organisation. During the engagement, we worked with the team to ensure the council has a consistent approach to business cases development and that these aligned these across directorate, identified the capabilities required to generate and deliver programmes of change and explored innovative ideas including traded services, commercialisation of existing services, shared services partners and flexible and innovative use of property.
We are still working with the council to help shape the resources they will need to execute these plans and profile these so they are using the right resources at the right time, starting with the development of the prioritised business cases.