ADASS strongly endorses single membership offer to social care employers

Association of Directors of Adult Social Services
Date: Friday 13th July 2012
Embargo: Immediate

The recent announcement of the merger between the National Skills Academy and Skills for Care signals a new and more cohesive approach towards social care workforce development and support. This merger brings together the extensive expertise and knowledge of both organisations to create a firm platform to help support and take forward the reforms of social care, which are so dependent upon strong effective leadership and workforce capacity.

Sarah Pickup, ADASS President commented, ADASS applauds the leadership of the two organisations to integrate and make more effective use of limited resources through this merger.  Both organisations have worked collaboratively with ADASS for many years, most notably the New Directors of Adult Social Services programme with the National Skills Academy and Workforce Commissioning with Skills for Care. We are confident that this close collaboration will continue and we wish both organisations every success in their new arrangement.

ENDS

For further information contact:
Sarah Pickup, ADASS President, 01992 556300
Mary Gillingham, ADASS Business Manager, 020 7072 7431

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.

`Personalisation' is a term used to describe a number of ways in which vulnerable adults and their carers can receive a mixture of local authority and government money in order to pay directly for the care services they need without direct social services involvement.

They will be helped in making an assessment of their needs and finances by social workers who will also involve and consider the needs and availability of carers. Any contractual agreement is therefore between the individual and the care worker or operator.

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.