ADASS welcomes 'State of the Nation' report

Association of Directors of Adult Social Services
Date: Wednesday, February 10, 2010
Embargo: 12.00 Noon, February 10, 2010

Directors of Adult social services have welcomed the confirmation in todays Care Quality Commission report* that social care for adults has continued to improve year on year.

The Commission has identified these improvements in the performance of local councils, as well the thousands of voluntary and private agencies who also provide care to older people and adults with physical or learning disabilities.

Welcoming the figures, ADASS Vice President Richard Jones fully supported the CQC's emphasis on more choice and control for patients within the NHS, and its focus on citizens and their entitlements within local authorities. "The need for effective universal services; the provision of good information as well as effective approaches to early intervention and prevention have long needed more focus. Its good to see CQC building those considerations into their future plans," he said.

However, he went on: "We also welcome the CQC's focus on integration with health services. But we must have shared outcome measures as well, and a more integrated performance system. Without them, the journey towards fuller integration will too often be left solely to the quality of local health and social services leadership alone."

In its response to the Commissions report, the Association stressed that improvements logged by CQC had been made "in the teeth of severe financial restraint, with the threat of more to come, rising need, and rising numbers of people - especially older people - with more complicated needs.

Richard Jones added: "there is considerable uncertainty in the social care field at present. A Bill is due for debate in Parliament which, if finally passed, will have major management, financial and administrative consequences as early as October this year. While a White Paper promised before Easter could profoundly affect the resource base on which we carry out our responsibilities.

"Adult social care desperately needs a secure and sustainable funding base to carry on the good work CQC has identified; a workforce which sees itself valued, fit to carry out the complex tasks that we demand of it, as well as new, effective levers to help move resources across the entire health and social care system."

ENDS

For further information contact:
Richard Jones, President, ADASS 01772 534390
Drew Clode, Policy/Press Adviser, ADASS, 020 8348 5023/07976 837755

Pictures of Richard Jones available on request

* Care Quality Commission's first annual report to Parliament on the state of health care and adult social care in England.