Transforming care – learning disability and autism
In October 2015, NHS England, the Local Government Association and the Association of Directors of Adult Social Services (ADASS) published 'Building the right support', a national plan to develop community services for people with a learning disability and/or autism and who display behaviour that challenges (including those with a mental health condition).
The delivery of this plan is being overseen by the national Transforming Care programme.
In South East London, a Transforming Care Partnership (TCP) has been established comprising CCGs and Local Authorities from Bexley, Bromley, Greenwich, Lambeth, Lewisham and Southwark, plus NHS England Specialised Commissioning.
The South East London TCP has a vision for people with learning disabilities and/ or autism to achieve equality of life chances, live as independently as possible and have the right support from mainstream health and care services.
To achieve this, the TCP is implementing plans in three key areas:
- Improving discharge from inpatient care: ensuring those that require a stay in hospital are able to return to the community as soon as possible
- Preventing admissions to inpatient care: ensuring that care services are able to identify and respond to people at risk of admission living in the community
- Building community service capacity: ensuring that the correct specialist services are in place to support people living in the community
You can find more information about learning disability and/or autism services in your area through the Southwark Local Offer.