Transforming care

The LGA is working with key national organisations to support delivery of the Transforming Care programme, aimed at improving care and support for people with learning disabilities and/or autism and mental health problems or behaviour that challenges.

The programme of work for the Transforming Care programme was outlined in Transforming Care – next steps and is being jointly taken forward by NHS England, the Association of Adult Social Services, Care Quality Commission, Local Government Association, Health Education England and the Department of Health.

It focuses on five key work strands of activity:

  • Empowering individuals – giving people with learning disabilities and/or autism, and their families, more choice and say in the care and support they receive.
  • Getting the right care in the right place – ensuring that people are receiving high quality care and support, with a focus on supporting people in their local communities.
  • Regulation and inspection – tightening the regulation and inspection of providers to drive up the quality of care.
  • Workforce – developing the skills and capability of the workforce.
  • Data and information– making sure the right information is available at the right time, and continuing to track and report progress.

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Resources for local partners to support the Transforming Care programme

A range of products and tools for local partners to support local delivery of Transforming Care, including commissioning guidance and a guide for health and wellbeing boards.


Local area approaches to Transforming Care

Examples of local practice and approaches to Transforming Care, focused on reducing the use of inpatient settings and enabling more people to live locally in community-based settings.


Useful information library

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


The Joint Improvement Programme (JIP)

The two-year programme completed its programme of work on 31 March 2015. The programme 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 of a mental health condition

Data collection

NHS Digital (formerly HSCIC) is working in partnership with NHS England on the Assuring Transformation collection.

NHS Digital data

NHS England: Assuring Transformation

The Learning Disability Census 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 sector services at midnight on 30 September 2015.

Learning disabilities census report - England, 30 September 2015

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Empowerment films

Members of the empowerment steering group are all experts by experience. They all have experience of long stays in hospital, or have family members with experience. They have worked together to make some films about what empowerment means to them. Watch the films.

Empowerment steering group

An empowerment steering group has been set up to help the Transforming Care programme think about issues around the empowerment of individuals with a learning disability and/or autism and their families.

LGA survey for learning disability commissioners

In August 2016, learning disability leads at all councils with adult social services responsibility (CASSR) were asked to complete an online survey regarding delivery of the Transforming Care programme. Following analysis of survey responses, a series of information packs have now been published.

Transforming Care Partnership (TCP) plans

View a summary of each of the 48 plans as well as details about how to contact your local TCP and where you can find more information.