Local Government Association and Age UK Report
NHS England report on Learning Disability
This new report, titled Time for Change: The Challenge Ahead, suggests that 10,000 extra members of staff will be needed to support people in their own community and that these staff need to be trained to an established standard. With at least 1,300 people expected to move out of hospital care by 2019, the report also says there is a critical need to develop housing for vulnerable people.
Key recommendations made in the report include:
- The Transforming Care programme must consider the accreditation of training in Positive Behavioural Support with a view to establishing an appropriate body to manage the design of a PBS Standard and tiered accreditation systems for individuals and organisations delivering and receiving PBS.
- A Social Property Fund should be established to facilitate transitions out of inpatient settings and build capacity in community-based services.
- The Government must make an explicit exemption for supported housing from the capping of housing benefit to Local Housing Allowance Rates.
- The Department of Health should commission an independent evaluation of the Transforming Care programme.
- The Government should establish the role of a Learning Disabilities Commissioner with a statutory duty on the post-holder to promote, enhance, and protect the rights of people with learning disabilities and their families in England.
To download a copy of Time to Change: The Challenge Ahead, Click Here