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HMICFRS Inspection Report Update

OPEN INFORMATION ITEM 8

1. Purpose of Report

  1. To inform GPWG Members of the progress made against the areas for improvement found by His Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary and Fire & Rescue Service (HMICFRS) at their last inspection.

2. Recommendation

  1. That Members note the content of the report and progress against the actions. 

3. Information and Analysis

  1. The HMICFRS published the Derbyshire FRS inspection report in January 2023. It detailed the graded pillars and judgments in relation to effectiveness, efficiency, and people.  The inspection team found 17 areas for improvement. 
  2. The Strategic Leadership Team monitor activity against the areas for improvement, with progress reports to GPWG.
  3. Attached is the action plan for information.

4. Further Considerations

  1. None. 

This report has been consulted upon and approved by the following officers:

Strategic Leadership Team 

Contact Officer:     Davinder Johal    Contact No:  07799 133636

Background Papers: 
HMICFRS Inspection Report January 2023: HMICFRS Report.

Appendix 1:

HMICFRS Area For Improvement Summary Report as of 1 November 2023

  • Open - Actions on going on track: 3
  • Open - Actions on going off track: 15
  • Completed - Actions done: 2
Summary Sub actions Deadline date Status Overall %
Rec 17: With immediate effect, chief fire officers should notify HMICFRS of any allegations that have the potential to constitute staff gross misconduct that: • involve allegations of a criminal nature that have the potential to affect public confidence in FRSs; • are of a serious nature; or • relate to assistant chief fire officers or those at equivalent or higher grades. 2 30 Mar 2023 Open - Actions on going off track 87
Recommendation 34: With immediate effect, chief fire officers should review their implementation of the Core Code of Ethics and make sure it is being applied across their services. 2 30 Mar 2023 Open - Actions on going off track 87
Rec:3 By 1 June 2023, chief fire officers should review the support available for those who have raised concerns and take any action needed to make sure these provisions are suitable. 3 01 Jun 2023 Open - Actions on going off track 6
Rec 4: By 1 June 2023, chief fire officers should assure themselves that updates on how concerns are being handled are shared with those who have raised them. The updates should be given in an accessible way that encourages trust and confidence in the service response.  Consideration should be given to creating a professional standards function to handle conduct concerns in service (or from an external service) to have oversight of cases, to make sure they are conducted in a fair and transparent way and to act as a point of contact for all staff involved. 6 01 Jun 2023 Open - Actions on going off track 44
Rec 5: By 1 June 2023, chief fire officers should make sure they provide accessible information for all staff and members of the public on how they can raise concerns and access confidential support (including through external agencies). Chief fire officers should also make sure accessible information is provided on how concerns and allegations will be investigated in a way that ensures confidentiality and is independent of the alleged perpetrator. 4 01 Jun 2023 Open - Actions on going off track 68
Rec 20: By 1 June 2023, chief fire officers should have plans in place to ensure they meet the Fire Standards Board’s leading the service standard and its leading and developing people standard. 2 01 Jun 2023 Completed - Actions done 100
Rec 21: By 1 June 2023, chief fire officers should make sure there is a full, 360-degree feedback process in place for all senior leaders and managers (assistant chief fire officer equivalent and above) in service. 3 01 Jun 2023 Open - Actions on going off track 43
Rec 23: By 1 June 2023, chief fire officers should seek regular feedback from staff about values, culture, fairness and diversity, with due regard to the leading and developing people standard. They should show how they act on this feedback. 4 01 Jun 2023 Open - Actions on going off track 50
Rec 27: By 1 June 2023, chief fire officers should make sure their equality impact assessments are fit for purpose and, as a minimum, meet the requirements of the National Fire Chiefs Council equality impact assessment toolkit. 2 01 Jun 2023 Open - Actions on going off track 75
Rec 28: By 1 June 2023, chief fire officers should review how they gather and use equality and diversity data to improve their understanding of their staff demographics, including applying and meeting the requirements of the National Fire Chiefs Council equality, diversity and inclusion data toolkit. 3 01 Jun 2023 Open - Actions on going off track 25
Rec 32: By 1 June 2023, chief fire officers should, as a priority, specify in succession plans how they intend to improve diversity across all levels of the service. This should include offering increased direct-entry opportunities. 2 01 Jun 2023 Open - Actions on going off track 50
Rec 33: By 1 August 2023, chief fire officers should develop plans to promote progression paths for existing staff in non-operational roles and put plans in place to reduce any inequalities of opportunity. 2 01 Aug 2023 Open - Actions on going off track 2
Rec 22: By 1 September 2023, chief fire officers should make sure there is a full, 360-degree feedback process in place for all other leaders and managers in service. The process should include gathering feedback from a wide range of sources including colleagues and direct reports. 4 01 Sep 2023 Open - Actions on going off track 7
Rec 1: By 1 October 2023, chief fire officers should make sure their services provide a confidential way for staff to raise concerns and that staff are aware of whistleblowing processes. 6 01 Oct 2023 Open - Actions on going off track 59
Rec 24: By 1 October 2023, chief fire officers should put plans in place to monitor, including through the gathering and analysis of staff feedback, watch and team cultures and provide prompt remedial action for any issues they identify. 3 01 Oct 2023 Open - Actions on going off track 5
Rec 26: By 1 October 2023, as a precursor to the development of the College of Fire and Rescue, chief fire officers and the National Fire Chiefs Council should work with the Home Office to consider how they can improve the training and support they offer to staff in management and leadership development. This should include authority members in respect of their assurance leadership roles and should ensure that opportunities are offered fairly across all staff groups. 3 01 Oct 2023 Open - Actions on going off track 10
Rec 9: By 1 January 2024, chief fire officers should: • immediately review their current background checks arrangements, and make sure that suitable and sufficient background checks are in place to safeguard their staff and communities they serve; and • make sure that appropriate DBS check requests have been submitted for all existing, new staff, and volunteers, according to their roles as identified by the Fire Standards Board. 2 01 Jan 2024 Open - Actions on going on track 85
Rec 12: By 1 March 2024, chief fire officers should provide assurances to HMICFRS that they have implemented the standard on staff disclosure, complaints and grievance handling. 2 01 Mar 2024 Open - Actions on going on track 0
Rec 14: By 1 March 2024, chief fire officers should provide assurances to HMICFRS that they have implemented the standard on misconduct allegations and outcomes handling. 2 01 Mar 2024 Open - Actions on going on track 0
Rec 18: By 1 August 2023, chief fire officers should provide assurances to HMICFRS that all parties are supported in relation to ongoing investigations. 1 01 Aug 2023 Completed - Actions done 100