Audit Commissions concerns have been met head on

Association of Directors of Adult Social Services
Date: Thursday October 29, 2009
Embargo: Immediate

Some of the issues raised today by the Audit Commission in its report on joint finance* have already been addressed, head on, by ADASS and individual directors of adults social services, according to Jenny Owen, President of the Association of Directors of Adult Social Services (ADASS).

She added: The governments Green Paper on adult care has placed great emphasis on the principle of joint working between Local Authorities, the NHS and other services and we agree there is scope to do much more.


We have called for a National Concordat setting out the minimum expectations for those engaged in collaborative work, including jointly financed enterprises. Using this and other mechanisms we have to find ways of promoting and encouraging collaborative funding arrangements to deliver the best outcomes for our users.


We can get more local innovation and greater value for money by looking at the pattern of investment across the health and social care boundaries, recognising that the costs of caring for people in their own homes, and in residential homes as well as in hospital, all need to be seen as a single, indivisible whole.


"We are aware of the Care Quality Commissions interest in this area as well, and are keen to work with them as a regulator and as a partner in performance improvement. Despite facing increasing demands, local authorities' performance has improved year on year, and we should all celebrate that. 


ADASS looks forward to a constructive relationship with CQC and the Audit Commission, and to the opportunities that a shared assessment of outcomes across health and social care can bring.





Jenny Owen, President, ADASS, 01245 434806

Drew Clode, ADASS Policy/Press Adviser, 020 8348 5023


Means to an End: Joint Financing Across Health and Social Care. Audit Commission, October 2009