Getting information right involves a culture shift

Association of Directors of Adult Social Services
Date: Monday 21st May 2012
Embargo: Immediate

Directors of adult social services have welcomed the broad thrust of the governments ten-year framework for a health and social care information strategy*, arguing that "the move, over the next decade, towards the greater integration of commissioning and service provision inevitably demands a closer relationship between the two services over the management of information."

According to ADASS President Sarah Pickup both NHS and local authorities have a lot to do within their own, discrete systems, to ensure that the proper flow of relevant information about users backs up and reinforces good professional practice.

"How much more vital is it, then," she went on, "to ensure that when these two services are jointly responsible for the health and welfare of individual people, that information protocols are well and specifically designed to ensure they receive a seamless service.

"And what better way of ensuring that than involving individuals themselves in the protection and management of information about them."

Mrs Pickup particularly underlined the governments belief that success involves more than simply relying on IT and data systems important as these are. "Success will also flow from a culture shift, as the government describes, and on recognising that collecting and sharing good information is pivotal to improving the quality, safety and effectiveness of our care, as well as our own experiences of care."

ENDS

For further information contact:
Sarah Pickup, ADASS President, 01922 556300
Drew Clode, ADASS Policy/Press Adviser, 020 8348 5023/07976 837755

Editorial Information

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.

* The Power of Information putting us all in control of the Health and Care Information we Need.  Department of Health May 2012