ADASS Covid-19 budget survey
15 June 2020
ADASS have published results from their coronavirus survey which was completed by Directors of Adult Social Services. Cordis Bright provided analytical support and helped to identify the following key findings:
- Directors have seen significant changes in the way that people’s needs present to them since March 2020.
- Overall, the onset of the pandemic has led to an increase in the number of people presenting adult social care needs to local authorities and unmet need.
- There is a concerning decline in people approaching some local authorities for support for domestic abuse and safeguarding issues.
- Councils have rapidly adapted to changing circumstances.
- Directors see that coronavirus has made extremely fragile care markets even more susceptible to market failure at the detriment to those people accessing care and support services.
- Local authorities have been proactive in engaging with and taken a range of measures to support providers.
- Help is needed from government in relation to testing, additional funding, better access to PPE, testing and having more influence on NHSE decision making.
- Directors have significant concerns about the availability of testing for people receiving social care, unpaid carers and personal assistants.
- Additional funding is required from Government, above and beyond that already committed, to support the adult social care response to the pandemic.
- The focus on rapid discharge from hospital without taking account of the needs of the whole health and care system has had tragic consequences.
- An absence of testing for people leaving hospital during the period of Rapid Discharge could have accelerated the spread of Coronavirus in care settings.
- There is a concerning proportion of Directors who believe that there are insufficient primary and community services in their local areas to support local people’s needs.
- A significant proportion of people leaving hospital rapidly did not receive an assessment of their needs as part of discharge to assess.
- Concerningly, only 11% of Directors believe that every individual in their local authority area was discharged to the right place for them first time to best meet their needs.
You can download a full copy of the report below. Further information is also available on the ADASS website.