The West Midlands region has an active ADASS branch that supports the 14 directors of adult social services (DASS) in the region to collaborate and feed into the national ADASS structure.

West Midlands ADASS and Improvement and Efficiency West Midlands (IEWM) have worked closely over the last decade to build a strong improvement programme for adult social care in the region. The programme has sought to focus the combined resources and effort of the 14 councils on activity, endeavour and challenge that provides capacity to improve services, promote good practice and provide mutual support and challenge in an ever more financially restricted environment.

For 2016/17 the intention is to continue a joint programme that builds upon work undertaken in 2015/16 and that recognises some of the changing context in which ADASS is operating in particular in relation to the government’s intention to have integrated health and social care by 2020. It is also recognised that consideration needs to be given to significant changes to DASS in the region, emerging national policy changes and associated funding that may be available.

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West Midlands ADASS Regional Account December 2015

The following statement provides a summary of the region’s performance as well as identifying the key priorities for improvement over the next 12 months.

WM ADASS work programme, is supported by IEWM Associates – a carefully selected pool of experts, with skills and experience to provide support in a range of social care priorities such as Care Act, Workforce, Commissioning, Mental Health and Health and Social Care Integration. Click here to find out who they are.

The programme is led by WM ADASS which is currently chaired by Martin Samuels (Herefordshire County Council). It is supported by an active regional assistant director (AD) network which is co-chaired by Tony Ivko (Wolverhamton City Council) and Christine Whitehead (Stoke-on-Trent City Council).

The ADs network lead on particular themes and provide direction to the various thematic groups that provide opportunities to share knowledge, challenges and innovation across the region.

Martin Samuels

There are a number of West Midlands based directors who have positions on the ADASS national committees and lead on various policy themes.


Pete Jackson

Pete Jackson


For further information about the WM ADASS Branch and the Joint Improvement Programme

please contact Pete Jackson, pjackson@westmidlandsiep.gov.uk



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