PM's Challenge 'already improving people's lives'

Association of Directors of Adult Social Services
Date: Thursday 8th November 2012
Embargo: Immediate

ADASS welcomes the additional focus and drive that the Prime Minister's Dementia Challenge, which was taken a step further today, is already providing, according to ADASS President Sarah Pickup.

She said: it is already helping to improve the lives of people living with dementia and their carers, and today's progress report provides evidence of what support from the highest levels of government can achieve.

While progress was being made prior to todays launch, the establishment of Champion Groups in three key areas and the additional focus and profile has encouraged a whole range of organisations and communities to take positive action; to launch initiatives; provide funding, and to promote and share good practice.

Work is already well underway with

* Schools,

* Businesses and communities,

* Hospitals and GPs,

* Councils and independent and voluntary sector agencies, and

* Care providers

Mrs Pickup added: With these, and with the additional support of universities and research establishments, there is a momentum building that - if focused appropriately and sustained - will drive real improvements in diagnosis, treatment, care and support and in everyday living for people with dementia and their families and carers.

This week ADASS distributed a letter from Sir Ian Carruthers and Sarah Pickup, the co-chairs of the Improving Care and Health Champion Group, to all its members encouraging them to consider what action they are taking to support the Challenges objectives and drive forward improvements, as well as asking them to sign up to the Dementia Care and Support Compact.

According to Mrs Pickup: Sign up to the compact has already grown from an initial group of 10 organisations to 40. And with sign up comes commitment to action.

ENDS

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.