Social Care Sector COVID-19 Support Taskforce

The taskforce ensures the delivery of 2 packages of support that the government has put in place for the care sector, the social care action plan and the care home support package.

David Pearson leads the programme, reporting into the Minister of State for Care.

The purpose of the taskforce is to ensure that concerted and determined action is taken to reduce the risk of transmission of COVID-19 in the sector, both for those who rely on care and support and the social care workforce.

The taskforce will support the national campaign to end transmission in the community and will also consider the impact of COVID-19 on the care sector over the next year and advise on a plan to support it through this period. The taskforce will also seek to enable people to live as safely as possible whilst maintaining contacts and activity that enhance the health and wellbeing of service users and their family carers.


  • David Pearson (Chair)
  • Chris Wormald – DHSC
  • Jeremy Pocklington – MHCLG
  • Jenny Harries – DCMO
  • Dr Nikita Kanani – Deputy CMO, NHS England/Improvement
  • Kate Terroni – CQC
  • Duncan Selbie – PHE
  • Simon Ridley – CO
  • Sarah Pickup – Deputy Chief Executive, LGA
  • representation from the Care Provider Alliance
  • James Bullion – President, ADASS
  • Christine McAnea – Unison
  • Dr Jeanelle de Gruchy – President Of the Association of Directors of Public Health, ADPH
  • Imelda Redmond – National Director, Healthwatch England
  • representative with lived experience of care services
  • Carers UK

Invitees (executives)

  • Rosamond Roughton – DHSC
  • Catherine Frances – MHCLG
  • Ian Dodge – NHS England
  • Eamonn O’Moore – PHE
  • Clenton Farquharson MBE – Think Local, Act Personal (Person with Lived Experience)
  • Emily Holzhausen – Carers UK

Advisory groups

Eight advisory groups are providing advice to the Taskforce on the implementation of the adult social care action plan and care home support package, and other COVID-19 proposals.

People with learning disabilities and autistic people

Chaired by: Alex Fox (Shared Lives) and Trevor Wright (InSight Autism CIC)

Older people and people living with dementia

Chaired by Caroline Abrahams (Age UK) and Kate Lee (Alzheimer’s Society)

Mental health and wellbeing

Chaired by Kathy Roberts (Association of Mental Health Providers) and Stephen Chandler (Director of Adult Social Services, Oxfordshire County Council)

Self-directed support

Chaired by Jenny Pitts (National Development Team for Inclusion NDTi) and Dr Ossie Stuart (Trustee of Social Institute for Excellence SCIE)


Chaired by Emily Holzhausen (Carers UK) and Dame Philippa Russell

BAME communities

Chaired by Cedi Frederick (Chair North Middlesex University Hospital NHS Trust) and Tricia Pereira (Head of Operations Adult Social Care & Adult Safeguarding, London Borough of Merton)


Chaired by Vic Rayner (National Care Forum) and Colin Angel (United Kingdom Homecare Association UKHCA)

Good practice, guidance and innovation

Chaired by Kathryn Smith (SCIE) and Professor Robin Miller (University of Birmingham)

Terms of reference

The Social Care Sector COVID-19 Support Taskforce: terms of reference (PDF, 33.9KB, 3 pages)

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