Professional self-respect helps underpin respect for vulnerable people

Association of Directors of Adult Social Services
Date: Wednesday 14th September 2011
Embargo: Immediate

Directors of adult social services have welcomed the attention and profile given to issues concerning the Care Quality Commission by the Health Select Committee in its report published today. "The importance of having a sustainable, thorough, and effective regulatory body through which the safety and security of the adults we are responsible for can be assured, cannot be overstated" said ADASS President Peter Hay.

He agreed with the Committee chairman Stephen Dorrell MP that the circumstances which had seen the Care Quality Commission emerge from its successor organisations had not been ideal. And, alongside the Committee, he urged the Commission to continue to help ensure that professionalism within the care services they regulate is respected, and that the proper systems of reporting and accountability operate effectively.

"Transparency and openness are qualities which nurture the mutual respect of staff; and through that mutual respect, they can help underpin a proper focus on the wellbeing and dignity of the people being cared for," he said.

ENDS

For further information contact:
Peter Hay, ADASS President, 0121 313 2992
Drew Clode, ADASS Policy/Press Adviser, 020 8348 5023/07976 837755