Regional offices need expert links

    Regional government offices are unclear about where to find
    adult social care expertise, a senior Department of Health official

    In a letter to health chiefs, Duncan Selbie, the department’s
    director of programmes and performance, says there is an
    “unresolved issue” about how regional government offices find
    expert advice.

    Selbie cites the role of health bodies in the development of
    local area agreements, a government policy to allow more local
    flexibility over service priorities and funding. They are being
    piloted in 21 areas and will be rolled out to 66 more.

    Regional government offices play a central role in negotiating
    the agreements with councils and their partners.

    The DH is in talks with the Commission for Social Care
    Inspection and the deputy prime minister’s office about the
    situation. A spokesperson said they were “looking at how to
    strengthen” links between the offices and adult care experts.


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