Responding to the Care Quality Commission’s report Building Bridges, Breaking Barriers, Harold Bodmer, President of the Association of Directors of Adult Social Services (ADASS), said:
“ADASS supports the recommendation about working with NHS England across social care and health to identify people at risk of admission to secondary care or deterioration, and many authorities are already engaged with NHS partners in doing this. We are all too aware that the reductions in funding to social care lead to a care and health system that can only react to crisis, relying on hospitals and long-term care.
“Care and support that is centred around the person improves their life and experience and means fewer emergency admissions to hospital, and integration is an important step towards transforming services for adults. The need for adult social care has never been greater, with people living longer with increasingly complex care and health needs.
“Properly funded social care and a proper transformation fund is needed to meet the double-running costs of developing community alternatives to hospital and long-term care, and making faster progress in developing the model of care and support we propose