Friday 5th July 2013

ADASS has welcomed new Department of Health targets and priorities ( which have been published today. According to Association President Sandie Keene these are proposals which continue a forceful narrative from the Department confirming an important and radical shift towards integrating health and asocial care.

These proposals are intended to help set out improvements in primary care and urgent and emergency care, looking at establishing ways for NHS and social care services to work together more effectively for the benefit of patients, both in and out of hospital. And they dovetail closely with the messages contained in the Spending Review statement and in the work begun by DH in finding Pioneer Authorities to take integration forward, she said.

Mrs Keene said particular note should be taken of the extra emphasis the consultation places on quality, older vulnerable people and mental health services - areas which will benefit enormously from having a closer, ministerial overview.

 Taken together we have seen changes introduced or mooted in the past month which amount to an historic moment in the development of social and health care services. The new opportunities for caring for the people adult social care serves could prove to be immense.

We need to keep our eyes on the prize of better outcomes for the individuals we serve. But the scale of change required cannot be minimised in the face of the financial challenges we face, she said (See


For further information contact:
Sandie Keene, ADASS President, 01132 478700
Drew Clode, ADASS Policy/Media 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.