Everyone deserves a place to call home. The Winterbourne View Joint Improvement Programme (JIP) is working to help achieve a significant and permanent reduction in the number of people with learning disabilities and autism in secure hospitals or assessment and treatment units.

As part of the Department of Health's Transforming Care programme, we are helping to ensure that when people are discharged from hospital they are appropriately and sustainably supported in their community to live a safe, independent and fulfilling life.

Winterbourne View Joint Improvement Programme – Easy read version (PDF, 4 pages, 1.2MB large file)

The JIP is led by the Local Government Association (LGA) and NHS England, and funded by the Department of Health.

Our work

Support to local areas

We are providing 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

We are collecting and sharing 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

We work with individuals and their families who have direct experience of inpatient settings to make sure they are shaping the work of the JIP. We are also working to ensure that people are able to influence, shape and work with others to deliver change at a local level.

Children and young people

The JIP is ensuring that life course planning is embedded across all of its work. In particular, the JIP is focusing on ensuring that its support to local area planning ensures a life-course approach with a focus on early intervention and prevention to make sure that people get the support they need from childhood.

Finding Common Purpose

We are working on a person-centred procurement strategy which will make it easier for commissioners to buy care, as well as suggest ways to develop and maintain a local provider market. We are also developing a provider protocol and action learning set that commissioners, providers and service user forums can use to sort out problems locally.


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

Useful information library

This resource page brings together all of the information and resources that exist and have been created in support of the Transforming Care programme of work.

New governance arrangements and the JIP

Find out more about how the JIP fits into the new governance arrangements for the whole of the Transforming Care programme of work.


Our monthly bulletin provides a regular update on the programme.

To receive this bulletin, email WVJIP@local.gov.uk.

Mental Capacity Act

Just published: guides to the Mental Capacity Act.

Improving Lives

Ensuring that the former Winterbourne View residents and others are getting good quality care and support.

Find out more


NHS England publishes quarterly data on transfer dates for people with learning disabilities, autism and behaviour that challenges. The data published on 14 November is the position as of 30 September 2014.

Quarterly data reports


Advocacy workshops

Learning together

Regional commissioning workshops

Learning from the first round of commissioning workshops has been published by National Development Team for Inclusion (NDTi).

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