A FORMAL complaint has been raised against the county council’s director of adult services in the fallout of a damning independent safeguarding adult review.

Avril Wilson was appointed to the interim position at Worcestershire County Council (WCC) in February, having ‘retired’ from the same position at West Sussex County Council (WSCC) in December 2017.

The findings of an independent safeguarding adult review (SAR) – which highlighted considerable failures on behalf of WSCC’s adult services following similar injuries to two severely disabled men at a care home – was published in April.

Gary Lewis – now 66 – and Matthew Bates were taken to East Surrey Hospital on April 1, 2015, after both suffering fractured thighs at Beech Lodge care home in West Sussex – where both were residents – within hours of each other.

Martyn Lewis, younger brother of Gary, previously told the Worcester News he was “alarmed” to hear Ms Wilson had been hired by WCC weeks after retiring and months before the report was published.

He has now submitted a formal complaint against Ms Wilson’s conduct to the Association of Directors of Adult Social Services.

In an email to ADASS honorary secretary Richard Webb he said the “scale of the failures reported” in the SAR was one of several reasons he felt he had “no alternative but to lodge a formal complaint”.

Mr Lewis, 59, said other reasons included Ms Wilson’s confirmation to the families of the two disabled men that enquiry managers involved were “appropriately qualified”.

While her “publicised refusal to meet the families to answer questions related to her involvement, accountability and responsibility for the failures” was also crucial.

Mr Lewis said he felt Ms Wilson – who is paid £1,097 per day by WCC – had breached the ADASS code of conduct and the Nolan Principles.

Referring to Ms Wilson’s hiring by WCC, Mr Lewis said: “The position taken up by Avril is a senior post and her previous failures do not appear to have been fully explored by WCC, in the interests of protecting vulnerable adults in Worcestershire.”

A council spokeswoman said Ms Wilson’s appointment was made by a councillor Appointments etc Panel in accordance with constitution following a full interview process, while due diligence was undertaken by a search partner.

She said the council would not be commenting further.

ADASS was unavailable for comment when approached by the Worcester News.

However, did confirm receipt of Mr Lewis’ complaint via email.