Council director who invited BBC Panorama crews to film social care team resigns from post


The Somerset County Council director who was instrumental inviting BBC Panorama crews to film the authority’s social care team has resigned from his post.

Stephen Chandler, director of adult services since January 2016, will depart from the role on August 1.

Council leader David Fothergill stressed Chandler’s departure was not related to the recent Crisis in Care documentaries.

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The two-hour long films looked at the national issue of pressure on social care services as the population ages, setting out the need for a national plan to sustainably fund care in the long-term.

The film crew spent 10 months filming the council’s adult social care teams, shining a light on the work going on in care and the pressures the system faces as growing demand outstrips funding.

Both the County Council Network (CCN) and the Association of Directors of Adult Social Services (ADASS) praised Somerset County Council for helping tell the national story, highlighting the need for reform of social care and a long-term funding plan to secure its future.

The council was informed that Chandler would be departing to take up a new role with Oxfordshire County Council.

A temporary director of adult services will be put in place on August 1, with the council looking to recruit Chandler’s permanent successor in September.

Scott Wooldridge, the council’s monitoring officer, stated in his written report: “Stephen Chandler has tendered his resignation and will be joining Oxfordshire County Council.

“Members will know the energy, passion and enthusiasm he has brought to the role and what a difference that has made to the transformation work in adult social care.

“Pending the departure of Mr Chandler and the recruitment to the role, Mel Lock (our adult services operations director) will be appointed as the acting director of adult services with effect from August 1.”

Chandler was not immediately available for comment when contacted by Home Care Insight.

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