NHS Mandate illustrates a common purpose

Association of Directors of Adult Social Services
Date: Tuesday 13th November 2012
Embargo: Immediate

Today's newly published NHS Mandate 'positively illustrates the common purpose which will help us all in health and social care as we move forward,' according to directors of adult social services.

And welcoming the Mandate, ADASS President Sarah Pickup particularly praised its references to action following the abuse at Winterbourne View Hospital, as well as the commitments to improving the diagnosis, treatment and care for people with dementia. The Association looks forward to working closely with the NHS Commissioning Board at national level in all these and other areas, she said.

While a single outcomes framework for the NHS, social care and public health services would be preferable, with all agencies moving further and faster together, she nevertheless agreed that This mandate sets out the expectations of the Commissioning Board in a way that can accommodate common objectives and the ways in which we need to work together in order to achieve them.

Other aspects Mrs Pickup did welcome included:

* The way  key messages in the mandate are consistent with aspirations in the Care and Support White Paper and with the approach ADASS has been promoting to ensure best use of resources and best outcomes.

* The fact that prevention and recovery feature as particular themes, both with respect to physical and mental health. There is a welcome focus on promoting and supporting effective local commissioning and engagement with councils and others. And on achieving for individuals, rather than organisations, with the emphasis falling on maintaining health and wellbeing, she said


For further information contact:
Sarah Pickup, President, ADASS: 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.

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