The Department of Health has appointed a national director for social care flu resilience who will be responsible for ensuring that social care organisations in England put plans in place to deal with a flu pandemic.
Roy Taylor will work closely with national director for NHS flu resilience Ian Dalton, and will report to David Behan, director general for social care.
Mr Taylor said: ‘The social care sector, like the NHS, needs to make sure it continues to build robust plans to protect vulnerable people from flu. Commissioners and providers need to work together and so do adult and children’s services. I look forward to helping make this happen.’
Care services minister Phil Hope said: ‘We have been preparing for the possibility of a pandemic for a number of years and the World Health Organisation says we are among the most prepared countries in the world.
‘Mr Taylor’s appointment will help make sure that the social care sector is in the best possible position to protect the population against flu. He has been involved in the planning for pandemic flu for the last three years and has worked in social care more widely for a long time before that.’