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DoH appoints new learning disabilities director

29th July 2008

The Department of Health (DoH) has announced the appointment of Anne Williams as the national director for learning disabilities.

Ms Williams responsibilities will include driving forward the delivery of policies to ensure individuals with learning disabilities are treated equally in their communities, in the healthcare system and elsewhere.

Currently, Ms Williams is immediate past president of the Association of Directors of Adult Social Services and strategic director of Salford City Council.

Ivan Lewis, care services minister, said: “I am pleased that Anne Williams has accepted this key appointment.”

He added her experiences in social care make her an ideal candidate to progress the agenda of independent living for individuals with learning disabilities, while he looks forward to working with her in this role.

Mr Lewis recently consulted with London residents regarding the ongoing debate on the future of care and support on the health service.

The minister met with social care, public health and NHS professionals and local third sector bodies to find their opinions on the best method for developing a system that will function well into the future.

Last week, the Heath and Social Care Act 2008 became law after it received its Royal Assent.

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