NHS England ‘commissioning intentions’ clearly identifies that part of the strategy is to reduce the number of Forensic beds across England and Glen Care is positively reacting to the needs of commissioners.
A strategic decision has been taken to move away from low secure forensic services in London to focus on existing services and developing further residential community-based and non-secure services, into which the company will make a considerable investment
As part of this strategy, the London Treatment and Rehabilitation Centre in Croydon is currently undergoing significant investment and will re-open as a specialist CCG funded service, which Glen Care has identified as an area of need.
The final stage of the company’s plans to re-position it as a community-based provider will see the London Autistic Spectrum Centre (LASC) in Anerly close and the small number of patients moved to alternative placements.
The LASC was originally built as a young offender’s service and is not an appropriate environment to deliver community-based care. The area will be re-developed to help address the acute shortage of housing in London.
Bradley Phillips, commercial director at Glen Care, said: “Glen Care is a solid business, with a great level of expertise and highly skilled clinicians, and this reconfiguration will put the company in a very strong position going forward.
“The sector is evolving and it is important that providers can move forward and react to the needs of service users and commissioners who demand safe, caring and cost-effective services.
“Over the next 12 months we will focus on developing the clinical model for the specialist and bespoke needs of the individuals we care for. Once we are completely confident in this model further services will be developed and the company will grow.
“It is with regret that we have taken the decision to close the LASC and understand that this is difficult for the staff who have worked hard to establish the hospital but it is important that our strategy going forward reflects the changing requirements of both commissioners and service users. We are working hard to find alternative employment within other Glen Care facilities but it is inevitable that there will be redundancies and we will support those affected as much as possible.”