The Association of Directors of Adult Social Services (ADASS) has added its name to the growing list of organisations endorsing CECOPS’ Code of Practice, joining other high profile supporters such as Care Quality Commission.
In a letter sent to CECOPS, ADASS President Sarah Pickup said:
“I am writing on behalf of the Association of Directors of Adult Services to confirm our endorsement for the code of practice for community equipment that you have developed in partnership with a wide range of stakeholders, under the leadership of your community interest company CECOPS.
This Code will be widely applicable for councils and our partners, covering commissioning (including joint working and pooled funding arrangements), all service provision (e.g. health and social care organisations, care providers, care homes, special schools, retailers) and clinical and professional teams (e.g. therapists). It covers children and adults and applies to Social Care, NHS and education, as well as third and private sector.
We believe that this Code will support sector-led improvement work, with its supporting software, and it could assist with providing the qualifying criteria for local E-marketplace providers. In terms of current changes and strategies (e.g. prevention and early intervention), it is very timely. We further feel that working with the Code will enable organisations to address all regulatory and legal requirements through one review of services.
We note that the Code is already officially supported by CQC and it fits with their Essential Standards. It may provide a platform for joint working, integration and the pooling of funds with other strategic partners. It should make a contribution to the improvement of clinical (and financial) outcomes, and places the service user at the heart of commissioning and provision.”
Sarah Pickup, ADASS President
Sir Bert Massie CBE, CECOPS Chair, says:
“I am pleased and encouraged that ADASS recognises the value of the Code of Practice and the benefits it brings to disabled people’s lives and to the organisations providing services to them. I hope this is the beginning of a long term partnership where, together, we can ensure disabled people everywhere, and of all ages, are in receipt of good quality and safe equipment services. The fact that ADASS officially endorses the Code of Practice, and is encouraging its adoption, is a clear sign of their commitment to ensure service users are at the heart of the equipment service; CECOPS looks forward to working with ADASS in the future.
For further details about the Code of Practice and CECOPS, and how it will benefit service users and commissioner/provider organisations, read the executive summary of the paper we sent to ADASS introducing them to the Code: download a copy of the paper HERE