Transforming Care: A national response to Winterbourne View Hospital (December 2012) and subsequent reports, including Building the Right Support (2015), set out a national commitment to improve services for people with learning disabilities and/or autism, who display behaviour that challenges, including those with a mental health condition.
As a result, 48 Transforming Care Partnerships have been formed across the Country to drive a system-wide change and enable more people to live closer to home in their community with the right support. The Northamptonshire Transforming Care Partnership consists of Northamptonshire County Council, NHS Nene Clinical Commissioning Group, NHS Corby Clinical Commissioning Group (The CCGs) and NHS England Specialised Commissioning.
The Northamptonshire Transforming Care Plan sets out a focus on prevention and early intervention so our work will concentrate on strengthening services to ensure individuals can remain in their preferred community based setting for as long as possible, even during periods of ill health. We will also focus on new models of care that integrate health and care services to make it easier to keep people healthy and ensure individuals can access the right services when they are required. We will work with all of our Providers to make sure they have the right skills and commission more supported living options as well as short term autism specific residential beds and enable individuals to use personal budgets so that individuals have greater choice and control over their support. Where hospital care is required there will be procedures in place to ensure individuals are discharged as soon as is possible.
A Northamptonshire Learning Disability Transformation Board will hold us all to account in delivering the local Plan. The Transformation Board will monitor our progress against the Plan and the things we said we would do.