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Children, young people and adults with learning disabilities and/or autism should have the right to the same opportunities as anyone else to live satisfying, valued lives and be treated with the same dignity and respect.

They should have a home within their community, be able to develop and maintain relationships and get the support they need to live a healthy, safe and fulfilling life.

NHS England, recognising the need to do more in the development of services for people with learning disabilities and/or autism, who display behaviour that challenges, including those with a mental health condition, commissioned Sir Stephen Bubb to produce a report looking into how to speed up developments.

Following this report, NHS England, together with the Association of Adult Social Services, the Care Quality Commission, Local Government Association, Health Education England and the Department of Health, published a programme of work, outlining the Transforming Care Programme (TCP). These plans focus on addressing long-standing issues, with the aim of creating:

  • More care in the community, with personalised support provided by multi-disciplinary health and care teams
  • More innovative services to give people a range of care options, with personal budgets, so that care meets individuals’ needs
  • Early, more intensive support for those who need it, so that people can stay in the community, close to home
  • Inpatient care, but only for as long as is needed and necessary

From this, there is a national plan, ‘Building the Right Support’, which outlines the next stages. This includes details on the 48 Transforming Care Partnerships that are charged with re-shaping local services in line with this plan.

 

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