David Pearson corporate director, adult social care, health and public protection, Nottinghamshire County Council, has been awarded an OBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List for Services to Adult Social Care.
Mr Pearson is responsible for managing Nottingham’s adult social care budget of £330 million, which pays for around 15,000 people receiving long term support at any one time.
The department works with over 300 care providers, and approximately 74% of the adult social care budget is spent on commissioned support. The care providers are drawn from the voluntary, statutory and independent sectors, according to the council’s website.
From April 2014 to April 2015 David was the president of the Association of Directors of Social Services (ADASS).
In this national role he worked with ministers, government departments and other national organisations and partners on areas including the financial sustainability of adult social care, implementation of the Care Act, integration with health, transforming care for adults with learning disabilities, deprivation of liberty safeguards and developing the social care workforce.
He was chair of the national performance board for adult social care and a member of the cabinet committee on winter pressures, chaired by the Secretary of State for Health.
Mr Pearson has a long-standing history of working closely with the health service and has been a member of Primary Care Trust (PCT) and Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) Boards in Nottinghamshire.
He was also chair of the Mansfield and Ashfield Clinical Commissioning Group. David completed a Masters Research degree on the integration of health and social care in 2004.
David was responsible for leading the successful work on the transfer and integration of public health into the County Council. He also led on the development of the Health and Wellbeing Board in the County Council with partners.
This has responsibility for the implementation of plans to improve the health and wellbeing of people in Nottinghamshire with our partners in Health and other public services.
He had a leading role in developing the local plans for use of national pooled money across health and social care organisations known as the Better Care Fund.
In 2014 the county’s Better Care Fund plan became one of only five national exemplar plans to have its application fast-tracked by the Department of Health, and the Council being the only two tier authority to achieve this status.
In late 2014, the Council and five of the County’s Clinical Commissioning Groups were approved by the Department of Health as an Integration Pioneer, which means government support and mentoring will be provided to help speed up progress with local integration of health and social care services to the public.