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The LCS Impact Awards

Ingeus Organisation Award – Continuous Improvement Strategy Execution

Ingeus is a leading people services provider, delivering long-term, impactful projects to enable better
lives. Working for commissioners at national and regional level, and hundreds of partner
organisations it delivers programmes across the employability, health, youth, and justice sectors. It
employs 2,300 people, based remotely and across 100+ UK office locations.
As a customer-focused business our goal is to deliver excellent customer service and achieve high-
quality performance outcomes. Taking time to understand our customers is essential to ensure our
services meet their needs.
Our Transformation Director Lisa Jasper identified that a continuous improvement culture and
strategy was required to enable Ingeus to deliver excellent customer service and achieve
consistently high-quality performance outcomes.
Increasingly, service commissioners including Ministry of Justice, Department for Work and Pensions
and the NHS have expectations that require us to invest in continuous improvement and a
structured methodology.
With this in mind, in 2021, Ingeus UK embarked on a journey to create and embed a culture of
Continuous Improvement (CI) across all division, contracts, and services. In our mission to harness
the talents of our contrasting teams, and to continuously improve, we launched our three-year
Continuous Improvement Strategy in October 2021.
Key milestones set and delivered included

  1.  Increasing Leadership and All staff Engagement in CI.
  2.  Increasing CI capability across Ingeus with the aim of four per cent of the Ingeus employee
    population accredited as Change Agents.
  3.  Implementing a programme of process standardisation with a supporting framework to
    eliminate variation.
  4. Mapping, standardising and enhancing our Customer Journeys
  5. Aligning continuous improvement activity with Compliance, Quality, Assurance and Risk
  6. Introducing Visual management.
  7. Launching an internal accredited Continuous Improvement Academy for over 2300
  8. Create a CI Toolkit accessible to all employees and Change Agents to enable them to identify
    and deliver improvements.

Fully supported and sponsored by Ingeus Executive team our Transformation Director Lisa Jasper
launched a three-year CI Strategic plan. The strategy was designed to create and embed a
continuous improvement culture to enable Ingeus UK to deliver excellent customer service and
achieve high quality performance outcomes. Activities were carried out using Lean and Six Sigma

  • The programme commenced with the creation of an Ingeus CI House used as an easy visual prompt
    for colleagues to understand and engage with the strategy. Using the CI House, the team set out the
    strong foundations including a Continuous Improvement Academy, Governance and Quality
    Assurance Framework, and Leadership and Engagement, supported by three pillars: Standardisation,
    Visual Management and Continuous Improvement.
    In April 2021 a skills audit across all teams established only seven employees had a qualification in a
    CI Methodology and highlighted that 68 per cent of employees had no CI experience. Baseline data
    indicated a lack of capability across the business. Root cause analysis around capability and CI
    experience was attributed to a lack of strategic and enterprise level CI awareness, engagement, and
    training opportunities for all levels, including Senior Leaders.
    Key strategic solutions included:
  • Effective comms and awareness for leaders and staff to introduce CI strategy including
    monthly CI updates for the Executive team, detailing strategy execution, and feeding back
  • Executive expectations to leaders and teams4% target for minimum team CI capability reviewed frequently to ensure capability is being
  • Investment in external Green and Yellow Belt creating initial and guiding coalition
  • Standardised Customer Journey for greater visibility of value streams and process health
    White Belt Awareness to all employees
  • Programme of variation elimination from Processes and implementation of Process
  • Launch of Accredited CI Academy for Lean & Six Sigma training
  • Implementation of a CI CQAF (Compliance Quality Assurance Framework) evaluation
  • Creation of a knowledge bank to centralise the capture of CI projects for the sharing of
    information, insight and benefit realisation.
  • Introduction of Visual Management to provide contractual data insight across Ingeus;
    balanced scorecard and dashboard reporting available on contracts to provide insight to
    analyse performance and identify what can be done better.
  • Quarterly Change Agent forums revamped for 2023 introducing a CI channel to ensure two-
    way communications and help track improvement projects in progress.
    Introduction of communities of practices (Summer 2023) for the sharing of CI Insight, project
    success and best practice.
  • Annual quality appraisal of Academy activity to assess impact, benefits from projects and
    value added

The impact
Our approach to continuous improvement has been gradual and as with most continuous
improvement methodologies, we have focussed our efforts on the people who deliver the services
and interact with customers, drawing on their ideas around what will make the experience excellent
and what needs to be improved.
Some of our successful outcomes Included:
 Increased maturity from 1 to 4 in Leadership and engagement a result of a supportive and
progressive Executive Board willing to commit to investing in Continuous Improvement for
the future of the business

  • Significant increase Lean & Six Sigma accredited Change Agents from 7 employees to 141 to
    support and deliver our strategy
  •  Increased CI capability to 5% and above within 98% of teams and an overall capability of 7%
    at organisation level
  • An increase in CI awareness from 32 to 85%
  • 6,659 employee views of our CI SharePoint created to provide a central point of information,
    tools, and access to training.
  • More than 1700 people completed White Belt training creating significant awareness around
    Standardisation, CI, and Lean Six Sigma
  • In April 2021 only four (15%) teams were using a centralised process management approach.
    As a result of the actions taken as part of the Ingeus CI strategy 30 out of 31(98%) teams are
    now using a centralised approach to process management
  • More than 300 hours of Academy training delivered
    Qualitative outcomes
  • Early engagement with leaders and all staff has created a CI culture where leaders and
    change agents drive, promote, and realise the benefits of CI as part of day-to-day work.
  • Employees develop early understanding of the CI strategy and how they can support
    efficiency, effectiveness, and customer excellence.
  • Employees in key roles now equipped to make better decisions and drive effective change
    that balances business risk.
  • Increased maturity in Compliance & Quality Assurance Framework collaboration

 Fiona Monahan, Chief Executive, Ingeus UK
“The last year has proven to be a journey of discovery for Ingeus colleagues. From the Executive and
senior management teams to our talented front-line staff and new starters, we have been guided
and supported into new ways of thinking and working.
“Our Transformation Director Lisa Jasper and her small but mighty team have delivered outstanding
results in the first year of our CI Strategy – their very own masterclass in project implementation.
Feedback to the Executive team has been timely and robust, and our resilient teams have seized
opportunities for uptake.
“We may be a large and somewhat disparate set of teams, delivering multiple contrasting services
with differing demands, yet our uniting purpose to enable better lives can only be strengthened by
fresh thinking, embracing change, and minimising waste, exactly what our CI strategy is now

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