The Winterbourne View Joint Improvement Programme (JIP) was set up to provide support to local partners in transforming services for people with a learning disability and / or autism with behaviour that challenges or a mental health condition. Funded by the Department of Health and co-sponsored by the Local Government Association and NHS England, the two-year programme completed its programme of work on 31 March 2015.

Our work

Support to local areas

The JIP provided a range of ‘supported improvement' options for local areas to help them transform services for people with learning disabilities or autism who have mental health conditions or behaviour that challenges.

Information, learning and sharing

The JIP collected and shared information, good practice and learning to help local areas improve services and to ensure local learning informs national policy discussions. This section includes detailed area approaches (across health and social care) to the Transforming Care programme.

Engagement and co-production

The JIP worked with individuals and their families with direct experience of inpatient settings to make sure they were shaping its work. It also worked to ensure that people were able to influence, shape and work with others to deliver change at a local level.

Children and young people

The JIP ensured that life course planning was embedded across all of its work. In particular, it focused on ensuring that its support to local area planning ensured a life-course approach with a focus on early intervention and prevention to make sure that people would get the support they needed from childhood.

Finding Common Purpose

The JIP worked on a person-centred procurement strategy to make it easier for commissioners to buy care, and suggested ways to develop and maintain a local provider market. It also developed a provider protocol and action learning set that commissioners, providers and service user forums could use to sort out problems locally.


Working with Skills for Care, the JIP worked to promote and develop workforce development resources and ran a series of action learning sets focused on developing skills and confidence within the workforce.

Useful information library

This resource page brought together all of the information and resources created in support of the Transforming Care programme of work.


The JIP's bulletin provided a regular update on the programme.


Assuring Transformation data were previously collected and published by NHS England on a quarterly basis. Responsibilities for their collection and publication were transferred to the Health and Social Care Information Centre from January 2015.

Find out more about the data

The Learning disability census report provides an individual record-level snapshot of inpatients with learning disabilities, autistic spectrum disorder and/or behaviour that challenges, and the services they receive, for patients who were inpatients in NHS and independent services at midnight on 30 September 2014.

Learning disabilities census report

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