ADASS welcomes positive sign off from CQC of on going improvement in adult social care

Association of Directors of Adult Social Services
Date: 23rd November 2010
Embargo: 00:01 HRS, November 25, 2010

ADASS welcomes the final report from the Care Quality Commission (CQC) on the strong performance of local authorities commissioning and delivering social care services across the country. Five more councils have been judged as excellent making 37 in total. Most importantly the experience of citizens is improved as increasing numbers have more control over the services they themselves decide they need.

It is particularly encouraging that the CQC report highlights that more than half of councils are working closely with health and other partners, as we know that this can lead to unnecessary hospital admissions being avoided and people being helped to regain their independence as quickly as possible after a fall or illness.

The significant increase in referrals of adults who may need safeguarding will in part be due to families, neighbours and communities becoming more involved and aware of the needs of those around them. Overall councils are responding positively to ensure that people are safe, with plans to protect them from abuse.

For those councils assessed as performing adequately, ADASS looks forward to contributing to a support programme with Local Government Improvement and Development (LGID) and other partners in the sector. Councils will develop their own improvement plan and will be able to draw on the experience of others in the sector to help them deliver their plans.

Richard Jones, President of ADASS said: This is an exciting new development which will give councils the responsibility of helping each other more explicitly. As todays report shows, this is a sector which knows how to deliver high standards of social care services and we will be looking to share that expertise across all councils to improve outcomes for the increasing numbers of people who need care and support.

For further information contact:
Richard Jones, ADASS President, 01772 534390
Mary Gillingham, ADASS Business Manager 020 7072 7431 

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.