ADASS pays tribute to the CQC's Jo Williams

Association of Directors of Adult Social Services
Date: Tuesday 11th September 2012
Embargo: Immediate 

ADASS President, Sarah Pickup has expressed the Associations appreciation of CQC Chair Jo Williams contribution to social care. Ms Williams announced her retirement today after three years as the Commissions chair.

According to Mrs Pickup, Jo took over the leadership of the Commission after it had undergone some extremely difficult and challenging birth pangs. She has guided it through a rocky period when difficult cases have threatened to destabilise it, and when financial stringencies have made her management task all the more difficult.

With its new chief executive in post and a new strategic vision out for consultation she has done a huge amount to help bring order to what often threatened to be a very chaotic situation.

ADASS members will also remember her as a distinguished ADSS President, a respected chief executive of Mencap. And, of course, more recently an invaluable member of Andrew Dilnots team on the Care Funding Commission

The good wishes, and the good will,  of adult social services directors will be with her for the future.


For further information contact:
Sarah Pickup, ADASS President, 01992 556300
Drew Clode, ADASS Policy/Press Adviser, 020 8348 5023/07976 837755

Editorial Notes

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, while over 50 per cent also run social housing departments. ADASS members might also share a number of responsibilities for the provision and/or commissioning of housing, leisure, library, culture and arts services within their councils.

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.