Association of Directors of Adult Social Services

ADASS represents the 150 directors of adult social care in English local authorities.

Updated:
10 February 2016
Location:
National
Sectors:
Care, Membership Organisations, Communication
Local Alliances:
Merton Dementia Action Alliance

1. Action Plan

1. The National Dementia Declaration lists seven outcomes that the DAA are seeking to achieve for people with dementia and their carers. How would you describe your organisation’s role in delivering better outcomes for people with dementia and their carers?

Association of Directors of Adult Social Services (ADASS) is an England-wide organisation for serving directors of adult social services. These directors work for local authorities, and are responsible for the commissioning and provision of social care for the authorities' populations. They do this wherever possible in partnership with the local NHS, and in response to the needs and views of service users and carers. 

ADASS is a leadership organisation, with the ability to influence, inform, support and encourage its members. It cannot bind any of its members to specific courses of action. However it can share good practice, and support and encourage individual councils to adopt it. It is a national voice for social care, and therefore influences the shaping and implementation of policy. It can promote partnership working through any discussions at a national level.

 

2. What are the challenges to delivering these outcomes from the perspective of your organisation?

Key challenges are:

  • Assumptions, about what is possible and right for people with dementia, which may restrict choice and limit the scope for living as good a life as possible.
  • The need to raise awareness and offer training to a workforce which operates across many and very different agencies in the statutory and independent sectors, and which is made up of a wide range of knowledge and skills.
  • The state of the public sector finances and the impact on social care, which will need to play a full role in finding savings.
  • The need to maintain and improve integrated arrangements with NHS partners for commissioning and delivery, at a time when these partners are undergoing significant structural change.

2. Actions

  • Sharing good practice among its members

    Encouraging people to see what is possible for people with dementia to live full lives, and helping them to think through how to make this happen locally.

    Status:
    Being implemented

    2015 - First Quarter Update

    The ADASS National Dementia Lead - Pat Jones-Greenhalgh was involved in the development of the Dementia Friendly Technology Charter.

    ADASS National network has now been set up and will be piloted for 12 months

  • Support to members about personalisation

    Including dementia in its support to members about personalisation, so that people with dementia and carers benefit from this national policy.

    Status:
    Being implemented

    2015 - First Quarter Update

    Personalisation is a workstream within the ADASS Network work programme and all members are implementing work

  • Using investment to re-shape services in order to deliver better outcomes

    Supporting members to think through how to use existing investment to re-shape services in order to deliver better outcomes.

    Status:
    Being implemented

    2015 - First Quarter Update

    All ADASS members are reviewing current practice in line with the implementation of the Care Act 2014

  • Promoting the views of service users and carers

    Promoting the views of service users and carers.

    Status:
    Being implemented

    2015 - First Quarter Update

    National ADASS lead for dementia Pat Jones-Greenhalgh attended, presented and brought back information for feeding through to national policy  at the following events:

    Creating Dementia Friendly Communities, the launch of the mental health improvement network, Dementia Quality of Care conference, NW region public health conference.

    Feeds in viewpoints at following national policy and developmentmeetings;

    Dementia ERG - Mental Health Improvement Network, Dementia Progress Review group, PHE Equalities task and finish group, Post diagnostic support group, Dementia roadmap group, CQC themed inspection group

     All ADASS members are currently reviewing services in light of the implementation of the Care Act 2014

  • Offering information and advice to other organisations

    Offering information and advice to other organisations.

    Status:
    Being implemented

    2014 - Third Quarter Update

    National Dementia Lead Pat Jones-Greenhalgh represented ADASS on the following groups;

    Dementia Friendly Communities, Assistive Technology Charter , developing the Care Audit tool, developing and delivering the CQC themed inspection tool.

    National Dementia lead also co-chairs the PHE Equalities task and finish group which is developing a guide for commissioners on good practice for dementia and protected characteristic groups

    Co-chair of the Dementia External Reference group of the Mental Health Improvement Network

    Has been invited to be a member of the PHE Dementia Programme Board

    Is a member of the Dementia Progress Review group

    Was involved in the development of the post diagnosis support survey, the dementia road map and the dementia State of the Nation report

    Asked to contibute to a number of national policy intiatives on a regular basis

  • Presenting to policy makers the views of service users, carers, and those who commission or provide services.

    Presenting to policy makers the views of service users, carers, and those who commission or provide services.

    Status:
    Being implemented

    2015 - First Quarter Update

    National Dementia Lead Pat Jones-Greenhalgh represented ADASS on the following groups;

    Dementia Friendly Communities, Assistive Technology Charter , developing the Care Audit tool, developing and delivering the CQC themed inspection tool.

    National Dementia lead also co-chairs the PHE Equalities task and finish group which is developing a guide for commissioners on good practice for dementia and protected characteristic groups

    Co-chair of the Dementia External Reference group of the Mental Health Improvement Network which is setting up an information portal

    Has been invited to be a member of the PHE Dementia Programme Board which oversees progress against the PHE actions to deliver the PM Challenge on Dementia

    Is a member of the Dementia Progress Review group which oversees progress against the 3 champion groups  actions to deliver the PM Challenge on Dementia

    Was involved in the development of the post diagnosis support survey, the dementia road map and the dementia State of the Nation report

    Was involved in the development of the Assitive Technology Charter particularly the section on the customer journey

    Imput into the development of the PM vision 2015-2020

     

  • Promote integrated planning and delivery of health and social care

    Working with health partners at a local, regional and national level to promote integrated planning and delivery of health and social care.

    Status:
    Being implemented

    2015 - First Quarter Update

    Currently consulting with ADASS members to assess the feasibility and benefits of setting up a dementia specific network which would contain examples of good practice

     

    National Dementia Lead Pat Jones-Greenhalgh represented ADASS on the following groups;

    Dementia Friendly Communities, Assistive Technology Charter , developing the Care Audit tool, developing and delivering the CQC themed inspection tool.

    National Dementia lead also co-chairs the PHE Equalities task and finish group which is developing a guide for commissioners on good practice for dementia and protected characteristic groups

    Co-chair of the Dementia External Reference group of the Mental Health Improvement Network

    Has been invited to be a member of the PHE Dementia Programme Board

    Is a member of the Dementia Progress Review group

    Was involved in the development of the post diagnosis support survey, the dementia road map and the dementia State of the Nation report

    Asked to contibute to a number of national policy intiatives on a regular basis

  • We will have two in-house Dementia Friends Champions

    Two members of staff will go on the Dementia Friends Champions' induction and roll out sessions across our networks

    Status:
    Being implemented, Planning

    2016 - First Quarter Update

    Member update