We are “intrigued” to discover that Wirral Council’s own Rick O’Brien (RO’B) is the End of Life Care Lead for the Association of Directors of Adult Social Services .
So one-time heir apparent Rick O’Brien (Head of Wirral Social Services Branch Access & Assessment and who apparently until VERY recently was apparently openly touting for consultancy offers* on the Linked in Social Networking site) was seemingly hand-picked to be the Association of Adult Social Services (ADASS) to be End of Life Care Lead
Yes let us repeat that, the End of Life Care Lead.
The same Rick O’Brien who apparently thought up the 4 week delay in commissioning services as shown HERE. This would be the 4 week delay that they claimed didn’t exist, the four week delay that has been described as “illegal,” the very same four week delay in which there was no risk or impact assessment(see here) on how this effected the elderly or vulnerable and the four week delay Wirral Leader Councillor Jeff Green described on his own blog as”yet more evidence of a department that was in disarray and a prime example of why we are appointing an ‘independent ombudsman’ to investigate concerns raised around Council practices, particularly in the Department for Adult Social Services”“ For residents, this will have meant care that could have been provided quickly, wasn’t.”This is also the four week delay that has caused such public outrage which can be seen by the Wirral Globe comments HERE ,
Meanwhile we also came across an illuminating NHS document
where Rick O’Brien actually writes the foreword and states:
Support for people at the end of their lives has great significance in social care. Domiciliary care and residential home staff often play unique and vital roles working alongside people and their families – sometimes over extended periods of uncertainty and decline. Providing this support in the right way, with an emphasis on dignity in care, can have a positive effect.
Social care staff who arrange support services also have a critical role to play.
Our value base, with its strong emphasis on empathy, respect and allowing people to make informed choices, is vital to achieving better end of life care. Mutually supportive working between health and social care is another key ingredient. Training can have a significant impact on both staff confidence and service standards. The Association of Directors of Adult Social Services welcomes this report, the innovative initiatives it promotes and the opportunity it provides.
– Rick O’Brien, End of Life care lead, Association of Directors of Adult Social Services
Such fine sounding words…….
Dignity? Empathy? Respect? Informed Choices? Service Standards?Innovative Initiatives? – perhaps Mr.O’Brien can please tell us where did they figure in the thinking that went behind the 4 week delay in commissioning services?.
How did O’Brien reconcile these laudable sentiments with Wirral Council’s “VALUE BASE” – which is there for all to see at that fateful “Budget Meeting” held on 23rd October 2008 and which was chaired by O’Brien himself and attended by his faithful “gatekeepers”?.
We wonder if the 4 week delay in commissioning care was cited as a model of good practice at a “Policy Session” attended by O’Brien as a ” main participant “ which was held on 4 November 2010 to discuss – wait for this– Supporting people to Live and Die Well : social care at the end of life
-NO his Lord and Ladyship are NOT making this up –
check this out if you don’t believe us:
As you can see chairing this event in his role as a Trustee of the National Council for Palliative Care is none other than the Mayors special friend and former Wirral Social Services Director…….. Mr.Kevin “ Windy” Miller – ……………………which is why Lord and Lady Wirralleaks are once again “intrigued”!.
“Hypocrisy can afford to be magnificent in its promises, for never intending to go beyond promise, it costs nothing. “
NB *Councils Conflict Of Interest Guide states
“Officers above Scale 6 (now above SCP29) shall devote their whole-time service to the work of their Council and shall not engage in any other business or take up any other additional appointment without the express consent of the Council. “