A critical issue for the disability sector is ensuring people with learning disabilities and autism receive the right care, in the right place at the right time.
Speaking on the launch of a new report, VODG chief executive, Dr Rhidian Hughes, said:
“ For too long the barriers preventing de – commissioning of inappropriate learning disability and autism services have been left unchanged and unchallenged. We see this acutely with transforming care where the re provision from assessment and treatment units to community services has failed to move people out of long – stay institutions at scale and pace.
These in – patient services are out dated and not well positioned to enable people to exercise full choice and control over their lives. That is why w e wanted to focus on positive suggestions and examples from across the health and social care sectors to facilitate improved practice in this area. Our report finds genuine support f or practical measures that will make change happen, and a real sense that all parts of the system are involved in the solution”.
VODG worked across a wide range of interests and perspectives to compile the report. This included representatives of people with learning disabilities and their families, local authority and NHS commissioners, NHS England, health and social care providers, clinicians and the regulator.
The focus of the work was to:
• Avoid recriminations and instead establish constructive ways of building and sustaining good relationships between commissioners and providers.
• Explore the barriers preventing good commissioning and decommissioning, and the enablers which mean that in some places innovative services are delivering excellent outcomes for individuals – and often cost savings for commissioners too.
• Come up with some practical suggestions, approaches and tactics for making progress.