ADASS Responds: Health and Social Care White Paper

Following today's announcement of the Government's Health and Social Care White Paper, James Bullion, ADASS President, said:

"We welcome the white paper, which includes important measures to strengthen assurance within adult social care and to place integrated care on a more permanent footing, with a clear role for local authorities and a cementing of the working relationships among adult social care, NHS community services, mental health and primary care that have been such a positive feature of the response to the coronavirus pandemic.  
"In our nine statements to help shape adult social care reform we have called for better-integrated working so that people can benefit from more joined-up support. We look forward to working with colleagues in government and across social care, including individuals who need and use care and support and their families, to co-produce a strengthened model of assurance so that together we achieve better outcomes for older and disabled people.   

"Publication of this white paper should be seen as the first step in an important journey over the coming months that will help shape all of our futures. We note that the white paper reaffirms that proposals to reform social care will be published later this year. These must incorporate all outstanding issues, including a workforce plan to put social care staff on an equal footing with workers in the NHS, greatly improved support for family carers and a commitment to long-term funding to develop the kind of care and support that will enable us all to live the lives we want in the place we want to be."




Note to editors

The Association of Directors of Adults Social Services is a charity.
Our objectives include:

  • Furthering comprehensive, equitable, social policies and plans which reflect and shape the economic and social environment of the time;
  • Furthering the interests of those who need social care services regardless of their backgrounds and status;
  • Promoting high standards of social care services.
Our members are current and former directors of adult care or social services and their senior staff. For any follow up to the statement above, please contact:

Dr Phil McCarvill
ADASS Deputy Chief Officer
07919 483214