Tuesday 4th March 2014

Sandie Keene, ADASS President said: The report* lays out in a single, coherent way all the reasons why we have pursued the integration of key health and care-related services, focused firmly on the individual, for so long. It I sad that it has taken a period of austerity to bring the importance of integration so squarely before all our eyes. As it says, using the acute hospital as the magnet towards which all patients are drawn is bad for people, bad for quality of care and ultimately unaffordable.

Equally, it concedes that any government following the next election `must facilitate the growth of new forms of coordinated provision.

In emphasising the importance of training and education; its stress on valuing whole person care as against the silo-based systems we have used for so long, Sir John Oldhams report is an important consolidation of much of the advanced thinking that has gone on in social and health care circles for the past three years or more.

ENDS 

For further information contact:

Sandie Keene, ADASS President, 01132 478700

Drew Clode, ADASS Policy/Press 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. More than a third of DASSs are also the statutory director of childrens services for their authority.

* One person, One Team, One System the report of the Independent Commission for Whole Person Care. Commissioned by the Labour Party and chaired by Sir John Oldham.