Transforming Care Programme’s national transformation plan, Building the Right Support, and the service model for people with a learning disability and/or autism who display behaviour that challenges, including those with a mental health condition were published on 30th October 2015.

Local Authorities, CCGs and NHS E Specialised Commissioners have been asked to agree the geographic footprints of the Transforming Care Partnerships by mid-December.  To see which local authorities would be covered by each of the 49 proposed Transforming Care Partnership geographic footprints (see below).
Once agreed, each partnership will then develop joint plans for commissioning community services for this group of people and reducing dependence on hospital inpatient services.  It is anticipated that this will lead to the gradual closure of many inpatient services.  On the basis that a hospital is not a home, it is anticipated that hospitals will only be used for assessment and treatment, and even then only if it cannot be provided in the person’s home and community.

Following the failure to deliver the closures of the long-stay hospitals as scheduled following Winterbourne View, there is a sense of urgency with the Transforming Care Programme.  Quite tight timescales are being put in place, with first draft plans expected in early February, ready for implementation from April 2016.

Each Transforming Care Partnership will have a nominated senior responsible officer who will chair the partnership, and a co-chair or deputy chair from a Local Authority.  In most areas the senior responsible officers have already been nominated (CCG chief accountable officers).  Most partnerships involve more than one local authority area, so local authorities may wish to discuss who is best placed to take on this leadership role, alongside the senior responsible officer from health.

If you have any questions about proposed Transforming Care Partnerships, or you wish to discuss the proposals, please contact the co-chairs of the national ADASS Learning Disability policy network, Rosy Pope and Sean Mclaughlin, or Hilary Paxton, Assistant Director Transforming Care, at ADASS,

Government Response to the “No voice unheard, no right ignored” consultation.

The Government published its response last week, following this consultation earlier in the year.  No Voice Unheard supports the vision that all people with learning disabilities, autism or mental health issues should be treated with dignity and respect by health and care services and enjoy the same rights as everyone else.  You can read the government response and key themes from consultation responses here.