Tuesday 5th March 2013

The following notice was issued jointly by the Department of Health, ADASS, and the NHS Commissioning Board to ADASS members earlier today:

The owners of Castlebeck have today announced that the company is going into administration. This note is to provide you with some information on the process that we expect will follow. Administrators will begin a planned process, seeking buyers for the 16 Castlebeck facilities and whether or not buyers are found for all the facilities, the ongoing care of patients and residents will be the priority and Castlebeck and the administrators are committed to working with local commissioners to ensure safe transfer ownership of facilities and continuity of care for individuals.

Our information is that there are currently 166 people accommodated within Castlebeck facilities and commissioners will include both NHS organisations and local authorities up and down the country. Some of the residents should already be having their care needs reviewed as part of the response to the Winterbourne Report and authorities should not make any immediate changes to their plans for reviews or care plans arising from these reviews.

A list of facilities in England is attached and more detailed information will emerge in the next few days and weeks. Castlebeck and their administrators will be in touch with host and commissioning authorities and it is important that CCGs/PCTs and local authorities work closely with them and with people using the services, their families, carers and advocates as future plans for each facility emerge.According to ADASS President Sarah Pickup, the joint statement speaks for itself: The care of the current patients and residents of Castlebeck homes is our priority.


For further information contact:
Sarah Pickup, ADASS President, 01992 553600
Drew Clode, ADASS Press/Policy Adviser, 020 8348 5023/07976 837755

Editorial Notes

The Association of Directors of Adult Social Services (ADASS) represents directors and senior managers of adult social services departments in English local authorities. Directors (DASSs) have statutory responsibilities for the social care of older people, adults with disabilities and adults with mental health needs.

In many authorities ADASS members will also share a number of responsibilities for the provision and/or commissioning of housing, leisure, libraries, culture, and community safety on behalf of their councils. Nearly a third of DASSs are also the statutory director of childrens services for their authority.

A personal budget is a clear, upfront amount of funding from adult social care which individuals can spend on the services and support they need to help them live more independently. It can be used to buy services from both the council and other providers, mixing and matching whats available from different organisations.

Anyone aged 18 or over who is eligible for social care support can have a personal budget - but it is down to individuals whether they manage their budget themselves or whether someone else does this on their behalf. The Department of Health survey of adult social care 2010/2011 showed that:

* 62% of service users who responded said that they were extremely or very satisfied with the care and support services they receive.

*28% said they were quite satisfied, 7% said they were neither satisfied nor dissatisfied and the remaining 3% said they were dissatisfied.

*26% reported their quality of life was so good, it could not be better or very good.

* 31% reported it was good, and

*33% reported it was alright.

* 10% reported their quality of life was either bad, very bad or so bad it could not be worse

See full results here.