ADASS Spring Seminar – Lessons from COVID

April 29, 2021

The 2021 ADASS Spring Seminar is taking place this week between Wednesday 27th – 30th April.

The new President of the Association of Directors of Adult Social Services (ADASS), Stephen Chandler reflected on the lessons of the last year, called on the Government to urgently set out its plans for the future of care and support, and asked for everyone to come together to speak up for change.

At the ADASS Spring Seminar 2021, Stephen Chandler, said, ‘As a society over the last twelve months we have all learnt so much about the difference high quality, compassionate care and support makes to millions of individuals' and families’ lives every day. We have also witnessed the devastating and disproportionate impact of the pandemic upon those of us with care and support needs, carers, and those who provide care and support to others.  What we have learnt over the last year underlines that we cannot afford any further delays and we need the Government to publish its promised plans for the future of care and support as a matter of urgency.

‘I want everyone with personal experience and who is passionate about care and support to come together, to be confident, to be ambitious, and to help us make the change happen. Together we can ensure that all of us have access to the care and support we want for ourselves and our families, today and for years to come.’

Today at the ADASS Virtual Spring Seminar 2021, Kathy Roberts, chair of the Care Provider Alliance (CPA) shares key learning harnessing the experience of the pandemic to develop long standing reform to social care.

The Care Provider Alliance believes central and local Government must use the expertise, knowledge and experience available to them in strategically delivering care support appropriate for everyone. CPA said It’s about debate, innovation and permanent reform.

Kathy Roberts, chair of the Care Provider Alliance (CPA) outlined the following areas in today’s seminar:

Mind the Gap

'One thing the pandemic has highlighted are the gaps in parity between NHS and social care, begins Kathy Roberts. 'The NHS, being the much cherished and protected household brand that it is, is instantly recognisable and valued by the public, and rightly so. Unfortunately, no such “ring of steel” has been afforded to the care sector, even though it became clear very early on that our elderly and vulnerable - particularly in communal settings - were at highest risk.

'Government policy and guidance has also regularly lagged behind that of the NHS, and early access to enhanced infection prevention and control including PCR testing and PPE was limited. But this is not about care providers complaining of playing ‘second fiddle’ to our NHS colleagues. It’s about recognising our incredible workforce, and in reinforcing the outstanding quality care offered to millions who rely on social care every day.'

No more sticking plasters

'Although short term governmental support during the pandemic has been very welcome, flexible negotiation for change going forward is essential. The Care Provider Alliance (CPA) will work alongside our colleagues to focus on outcomes for people, families and communities who draw on care services. Employment within adult social care must also be as highly regarded and attractive as it is in other areas of the public sector with steps taken to make it so.

'Crucially, CPA is pushing for our ADASS colleagues and system partners as well as the wider government to involve us in decision making from the start, including the development of Integrated Care Services. We also wish to eliminate the need for private payers to cross subsidise statutory responsibilities.'

Looking to the future

'ADASS, LGA, CPA and others see adult social care as a crucial part of a healthy society which must be treated as such.'


Visit the ADASS website for more information on the ADASS Spring Seminar. 


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