Monday June 9, 2014 

ADASS President David Pearson said: “Our sympathies go to the relatives of the victims and survivors of the distressing events that took place at the Orchid View residential home. Bereavement is never easy. But in circumstances such as these, it becomes unbearable.

“Many of the Serious Case Review’s recommendations concern training, leadership, management and culture of and within homes. ADASS has persistently highlighted the fundamental importance of making improvements in these areas, and we are glad to support any initiatives in this area on a national and local basis.

“We urge all agencies involved in adult safeguarding to review their procedures in the light of this report, and amend and adapt their practices and procedures accordingly where appropriate.

“Equally, the report’s emphasis on due and proper sharing of all relevant information between agencies reflects the growing importance of these issues within both adult social care, and the NHS. It is difficult to invest in the current financial climate. But it is clearly critical for the safety and wellbeing of those who need care that information is shared quickly and easily where appropriate

“Finally, we come back to the personal tragedies of the home, the residents and their carers and relatives. The SCR’s comparison with the Mid-Staffordshire hospital crisis is apt and illuminating. The price of these older people’s safety is, and always will be, constant vigilance.”

ENDS

For further information contact: 
David Pearson, ADASS President, 0115 977 4636
Drew Clode, ADASS Policy/Press Adviser, 020 8348. Mob 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 children’s services for their authority.