Extra NHS investment in adult social care will make 'vital difference' to older people's livesAssociation of Directors of Adult Social Services
Date: Tuesday 4th January 2011
Embargo:Immediate

Directors of Adult Social Services have emphasised the importance of the £162 million in-year transfer of NHS money to local authorities announced today by the Secretary of State for Health. According to ADASS President Richard Jones, the money will go a long way towards helping us make sure that  people going home from hospital are supported in ways that promote their independence and underline the importance of integrated working and the contribution social care makes to keeping people at home and preventing them needing health services."

 

This additional money, along with the extra £70 million allocated at the time of the comprehensive spending review for reablement services, could make a vital difference to many older peoples lives and that of their families and carers during those first important weeks when they are fresh home from hospital, he said.

He stressed, though, that delays in transfers between hospital and home are not just a  result of  the availability of home based support provided by councils but are  just as likely to be caused by health related support as well.

With pressures mounting on hospital beds due to the burgeoning flu crisis, he added that it is now imperative that local partners agree quickly how this new money should be deployed, with as few strings attached as possible.

"Councils are very much in the best position to know how and where people can be best supported. Spending decisions need to be made as quickly as possible in the interests of helping everyone concerned, as well as making the best use of valuable resources, he said

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

Pictures of  Richard Jones available on request

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.