We are not passive recipients of the delayed Social Care Green Paper, the new president of Association of Directors of Adult Social Services (ADASS) told social care bosses yesterday, as she urged them to “be brave” and stand up to ministers.
Speaking to delegates at the LaingBuisson Social Care conference, Julie Ogley said it is beholden on social care leaders to decide what the future of adult social care should look like.
“Why are we waiting for civil servants, who are very clever, to tell us what the future of adult social care should look like? I would say to you that the people in this room and other colleagues actually ought to be the people that are determining what that is,” she said.
“We are going to have to be brave and we are going to have to lead. We are not passive recipients of the lack of the green paper and one of the things that we will be doing at ADASS is saying what we think a national workforce strategy should contain.”
Ogley said there is a “real opportunity” for social care leaders to influence ministers and say “this isn’t good enough, we need more”.
“At one point there was supposed to be a shared strategy with the health system, but that has fallen apart. But I don’t think that will stop us from knowing what a good national workforce strategy for adult social care should contain and I don’t think it will be that difficult to put together.”
The ADASS president, who is also the director of Social Care, Health and Housing at Central Bedfordshire Council, echoed the thoughts of the National Care Forum (NCF) executive director Vic Rayner, who said last week that commissioners and care providers must come together as allies to tackle the social care crisis and not wait for answers from a delayed green paper that is likely to come “too late”.
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