Tuesday 12th November 2013
New evidence published today* must serve as a wake-up call for all social and health care agencies which are engaged with the governments current emphasis on integrated services, according to ADASS President Sandie Keene. The report from iMPOWER, warns that parts of the £3.8 billion Integration Transformation Fund (ITF) might be squandered if agencies fail to take into account long-standing professional and public behaviours.
Mrs Keene said: The findings are fully consistent with the ADASS view that achieving the most from integration depends on changes in system leadership, and an unremitting focus on outcomes for people within localities. The message that we have to concentrate on getting relationship right at the front line, too, is absolutely spot-on, as is the reminder that it is behavioural change, not system change, that will make all the difference.
That many local authorities are already successfully rising to these challenges, along with NHS colleagues, is evidenced by the 100-plus applications that were made by councils anxious to become integration pioneers.
For further information contact:
Sandie Keene, ADASS President, 01132 478700
Drew Clode, ADASS Policy/Media Adviser, 020 8348 5023/07976 837755
A joint ADASS/NHS Confed survey conducted earlier this year asked directors of adult social services and senior leaders in clinical commissioning groups what helped and hampered integration most. It found that the biggest positive contributor was strong leadership and commitment from the top. More than 80 per cent of respondents said these were the most important factors at play in taking forward integration locally.
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. More than a third of DASSs are also the statutory director of childrens services for their authority.
* iMPOWER can be contacted at http://www.impower.co.uk/