ADASS Futures April 2012

Association of Directors of Adult Social Services
Date: Friday 26th April 2012
Embargo: Immediate

In the wake of the transfer of Southern Cross owned residential homes to a number of other care home providers, Andrew Kerslake from the Institute of Public Care offers a closely-argued guide to how similar problems can be avoided in future in the current issue of ADASS Futures - the journal of the Association of Directors of Adult Social services.

Mr Kerslake offers a ten-point plan to help local authorities secure a better social care market: points which include keeping a close watch on all the economic indicators; reducing demand and encouraging innovation; encouraging a beneficial use of housing equity and incentivising improved dementia care.

In the longer term, if a successful market is to operate in the care system they key probably lies in the availability of good information. He writes

Elsewhere in the journal:

* Incoming ADASS President Sarah Pickup describes the close synergy between her innovative work with her own county, Hertfordshire, and the way she sees policies within the Association developing. She insists that all DASSs will do better if we help our providers help them train staff, deliver efficiencies and do what we can to help them reduce their costs.

* Honorary Secretary Richard Webb outlines the key themes which ADASS believes are critical in taking forward a modern, sustainable adult social care system.

* Playwright/social worker Chris Lee author of Shallow Slumbers -  explains the lived experience behind the creative process: My play is merely a whisper of the truth. I wanted people to come and see our world and leave at least thinking that its not so straightforward after all

* Professor Gerald Wistow looks at the ways in which the recently enacted Health and Social Care Act had originally been intended to `enhance the role of local government in health.

and Matt Bowsher, head of adult social care, Improvement and Efficiency West Midlands, has the last laugh, lolling about on the floor, laughing at txt sprech!

ADASS Futures can be read and/or downloaded free from the ADASS website at

Also available on the site are presentations given to the Associations recent spring seminar from:

David Behan Department of Health
Dr. Ros Altmann from Saga
Peter McLeod Vice President, Association of Directors of Social Work (in Scotland)
Michael and Henrietta Spink
Sarah Pickup, incoming ADASS President
Richard Humphries Kings Fund Centre

All ADASS spring seminar presentations are available


For further information, please contact:
Drew Clode, ADASS Policy/Press Adviser, 020 8348 5023 / 07976 837755

For a hard copy of the journal please contact

Editorial Notes

The Association of Directors of Adult Social Services (ADASS) represents directors of adult social services in local authorities in England. DASSs have statutory responsibilities for the social care of older people and adults with disabilities, while over 50 per cent also run social housing departments. ADASS members might also share a number of responsibilities for the provision and/or commissioning of housing, leisure, library, culture and arts services within their councils.