The Association of Directors of Adult Social Services (ADASS) is to create six new policy groups to better align its work with “the rapidly emerging Coalition agenda”.
President Richard Jones said the single-purpose programme boards would enable the association to have “maximum flexibility in responding to the efficiency gauntlet … as well as enable us to take advantage of all the many opportunities to improve the offer we make to people in our communities.”
A Vision Development Board will look at the future for adult social care over the next three to five years, beyond Putting People First; while an Integration Board will set out possible models for linking adult social care funding and place-based budgets within the context of this month’s health white paper.
To co-ordinate work with the Commission on the Funding of Care and Support, ADASS is creating a Long-Term Care Commission Board to help inform the thinking off the government commission unveiled last week.
The other boards are: the Big Society Care and Support Board; a Resource Reduction Board; and an Improvement Board, which will look at peer support.
All boards are expected to have a lifespan of around nine months, and will be chaired by senior ADASS members.
Mr Jones said the boards were aimed at offering the association maximum flexibility at a time of significant change.
“Integration with a newly-reconfigured health service is clearly going to be a major way in which services for older people and people with disabilities and mental health issues will be improved in the coming years,” he said.
“Directors of adult social services are going to be very much up for making sure that the people for whom we have responsibilities get the maximum benefit from the changes already under way.”