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David Pearson: Corporate Director, Adult Social Care, Health and Public Protection

David Pearson: Corporate Director, Adult Social Care, Health and Public Protection at Nottinghamshire County Council Responsibilities

As Director of the Adult Social Care, Health and Public Protection department, David is responsible for a net budget of £209 million, providing health and social care services to nearly 15,000 people each year. A further 5,000 carers each year are provided with information, advice and support by the department.

The department works with over 300 care providers, and approximately 72% of the adult social care budget is spent on externally commissioned care and support services. The care providers are drawn from the voluntary, statutory and independent sectors.

David also has responsibility for the Council’s Emergency Planning, Registration, Trading Standards and Community Safety Services.

David was Deputy Chief Executive between 2008 and 2013. He stepped down from this responsibility on a temporary basis to take up a national role. 

In April 2014, David took up the role of President of the Association of Directors of Adult Services (ADASS) for a year. In this national role David led the organisation in work with Ministers, government departments and other national organisations and partners on areas including implementation of the Care Act, integration with Health and other public services, Transforming Care for adults with learning disabilities at Winterbourne View, safeguarding, Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards and developing the social care workforce.  David was chair of the national performance board for adult social care and was a member of the Cabinet Committee on winter pressures, chaired by the Secretary of State for Health. 

David’s role as President of ADASS also involved many speaking engagements at national and international conferences, including the national conference for older people in Australia.

During the period of his Presidency David continued in his statutory role as Corporate Director in Nottinghamshire, with support from the temporary Deputy Director and the Senior Leadership Team. David will resume day to day leadership of the department as Corporate Director in April 2015, and will also resume the role of Deputy Chief Executive. David will continue to be involved with ADASS in the role of Immediate Past President.


Under David’s leadership, the department secured an 'excellent' rating from the Care Quality Commission for the performance of the social care services provided to adults living in Nottinghamshire.

The department has been recognised for its excellent service programme to help older people live at home by the external inspectors.

David has overseen the successful implementation of the introduction of personal budgets to all service users who receive adult social care services in community based services. The County Council is one of the top performing authorities in the country on provision of Personal Budgets and Direct Payments. The Council is also leading work to develop direct payments in residential care as part of the national trailblazer programme. 

A number of services have received national recognition during David's time as Director, including the national Audit Office on the support available to adults with Asperger's Syndrome; reference in the 2012 Care and Support White Paper to schemes for disabled adults in employment, and recognition of the development of micro providers who are providing social care.

David 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. David 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. More recently he was involved 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.

Under David’s leadership, the Council has been progressing well with plans for implementation of the new duties and responsibilities to be introduced by the Care Act 2015. The Council’s work on implementation has been recognised regionally and nationally.

In 2012 David was voted one of the top 30 leaders in adult social care in the country through the Care Talk magazine.


David has worked for Nottinghamshire County Council for 32 years and became the Director of the former Social Services department, which included adults and children, in 2005. He has also covered the role of Director for Corporate Services in 2008/9.

David has wide experience in social care and other County Council functions, leading a number of major change programmes including local government reorganisations and a review of all the Council’s services. 

David is a Visiting Fellow of Nottingham Trent University Business School.

Salary and pension

The overall remuneration package includes a basic salary as well as the amount the Council has to contribute to the pension of Local Government Pension Scheme members. Those Chief Officers who are members of the LGPS and earn between £100,000 and £150,000 pa contribute 11.5% of their salary to their membership of the scheme. The Employers contribution to the pension of all employees at all levels is currently 19.2%. All Chief Officers are paid on a fixed salary.

Senior managers are expected to be on call at all times including weekends. Nottinghamshire County Council does not at this time provide any benefits that an equivalent senior manager in the private sector might receive in addition to the basic salary - for example performance-related bonuses, private health care or company cars.

David has received no pay increase since 2009.

The Council makes an additional gross payment of £5000 per year to the Corporate Director appointed to undertake the additional duties involved in formally deputising for the Chief Executive.  

Period  Total salary  Employer pension contributions at 19.2% 
April 2015 - March 2016  £121,371 + £5,000 £23,303

Expenses claimed

All expenses are paid to employees in the course of carrying out duties in line with the Council's Travel and Accommodation Policy which is part of the nationally agreed terms and conditions of service and detailed in part six of the Council's Constitution, on pages 6-73 to 6-78. These conditions are supplemented by the Council's local conditions laid down in the Policy on the Payment of Travelling Allowances and Policy on the Payment of Subsistence Allowances, as set out in Appendices 11 and 12 of the Pay Policy Statement. 

Expenses paid are liable to tax.

January - August 2015

Month  Accommodation Costs  Business Mileage  Other expenses inc. car, parking, train fares Total 
March  £115.00   £156.00 £271.00 (expenses paid for ADASS work)
April  £109.00     £109.00
June      £324.50 £324.50
July      £163.50 £163.50
August      £127.10 £127.10
Total  £224.00 £0.00 £771.10 £995.10 

January - December 2014

Month  Accommodation Costs  Business Mileage  Other expenses inc. car, parking, train fares Total 
January  £72.65   £658.90 £731.55 (expenses paid for ADASS work) 
February      £993.62 £993.62 (expenses paid for ADASS) 
March      £767.50 £767.50 (expenses paid for ADASS) 
April £81.50   £269.50 £351.00 (expenses paid for ADASS) 
May     £386.50 £386.50 (expenses paid for ADASS) 
Total  £154.15 £0.00 £3,076.02  £3,230.17

January - December 2013

Month  Accommodation costs  Business mileage  Other expenses inc. car, parking, train fares Total 
January      £332.10 £332.10 
February      £163.80 £163.80 
March      £161.50 £161.50
May      £161.50 £161.50
June      £161.50 £161.50
July      £136.00 £136.00
September  £199.15   £217.70 £416.85
October      £474.60 £474.60
November      £494.40 £494.40
December  £188.00   £225.10 £413.10
Total  £387.15 £0.00 £2,528.20 £2,915.35 

January - December 2012

Month  Accommodation costs   Business mileage     Other expenses inc. car, parking, train fares     Total 
February      £311.50 £311.50 
March      £155.50 £155.50
May      £155.50 £155.50
June      £155.50 £155.50
July      £311.00 £311.00
August  £255.00     £255.00
September      £155.50 £155.50
December  £81.65   £159.40 £241.05
Total  £336.65 £0.00 £1,403.90 £1,740.55 

January - December 2011

Month  Accommodation costs  Business mileage 

Other expenses inc. car, parking, train fares  

June      £98.00 £98.00
August      £145.50 £145.50 
October  £269.85   £176.80 £446.65
December      £145.80 £145.80
Total  £269.85 £0.00 £566.10 £835.95 

January - December 2010

Month  Accommodation costs   Business mileage     Other expenses inc. car, parking, train fares    Total 
November  £284.34     £284.34 
December      £139.20 £139.20 
Total  £284.34 £0.00 £139.20 £423.54


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