Do qualifications matter any more?
JEF SMITH explores the unexpected views on the social care workforce of JEFF JEROME, a man charged with transforming the way services are delivered
Among the grand job titles enjoyed by government officials, Jeff Jerome’s surely ranks as one of the most impressive: “National Director for Social Care Transformation” – wow! The expectations such a description raises are matched by Mr Jerome’s unique employment status. He works for a consortium of bodies, the Association of Directors of Adult Social Services (ADASS), the Local Government Association (LGA), and the Improvement and Development Agency (IDeA), with the support of the Department of Health. His role is to lead local councils’ contribution to implementing “Putting People First”, the December 2007 Concordat which brought together central and local government, the NHS, the regulators and the providers in a resolve “to transform people’s experience of local support and services”. This is seriously ambitious.
So when Mr Jerome, speaking recently on an expert panel at a conference, expressed the view tha