The former chair of the government’s COVID-19 Social Care Support Taskforce has been awarded a knighthood in the New Year Honours List for his services to the sector.
David Pearson was described in the list as a “highly respected and influential” local and national leader, with a reputation built on a long track record of “outstanding service delivery, policy and partnership”.
Pearson was the director of Adult Social Care and Health for 14 years and the deputy chief executive for 10 years with Nottinghamshire County Council before retiring in January 2019.
He is a past president of the Association Directors of Adult Social Services (ADASS) in England and continues to act as an advisor to the government on social care and health reform.
Since the end of March 2020 he has been senior lead for all social care related matters in the NHS and in June 2020 was appointed by the government to the role chair of the COVID-19 Social Care Support Taskforce which completed its work at the end of August.
He is also currently the independent chair of the Nottingham and Nottinghamshire Integrated Health and Care System and is TEC Quality Chair for the TSA, a representative body for technology enabled care (TEC) services.
Commenting on the new, the leader of Nottinghamshire County Council, councillor Kay Cutts MBE, said: “I am delighted that David Pearson’s contribution and achievements have been acknowledged with the award of a Knighthood. For many years, David has been a leading light in the integration of social care and health, in Nottinghamshire and on the national stage. His contributions have made a huge difference to people’s lives by helping to improve the journey between healthcare and social care and help people to become more independent.
“In addition, David served as the President of the Association of Directors of Adult Social Services (ADASS), and as such has influenced national policy for social care. Recently, I know that David has been supporting the Government in the fight against the Covid-19 pandemic, and I am sure his many years of experience have been invaluable.
“There is no doubt that David has made a lasting impact on the integration of health and social care, and I want to offer David my sincere congratulations, on behalf of the County Council.”