Star Ratings show improvements on high standards of care



Association of Directors of Adult Social Services

Date: Thursday November 27, 2008

Embargo: Immediate



Adults services directors have been reassured by findings published today* showing that many of their departments have improved on last years successes.


They have, however, urged regulators to reflect on recent substantial changes in national policy, and the extent to which indicators of success have managed to keep up with them in every respect.



According to ADASS President John Dixon: It is good news that nearly three times as many authorities (19%) have improved upon their 2007 star-rating, than the seven per cent who have declined. These were improvements on what were already very high standards. It was `particularly pleasing to note, he said, that at least 12 departments had moved to three-star status this year.


In the case of those authorities with services deemed to have deteriorated however, he said that in a few cases we need to look again at the way the social transformation agenda, and policy changes flowing from it, have been faithfully dovetailed with the particular standards used for measuring performance.


Both the Department of Health and the Inspectorate are aware of these concerns, and we have been working with the DH to see if some of the apparent inconsistencies can be unravelled in a way which more fully reflects the hard work of all our departments.



For further information contact:
John Dixon, President, ADASS: 01243 777660
Jenny Owen, Vice President, ADASS: 01245 434806
Drew Clode, ADASS Policy/Press Adviser, 020 8348 5023/07976 837755

Pictures of John Dixon and Jenny Owen available on request


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The Association of Directors of Adult Social Services (ADASS) represents directors of adult social services in local authorities in England and Northern Ireland. 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 leisure, library, culture and arts services within their councils.