LGA responds to report on long-stay inpatient care for people with learning disabilities

“Councils are committed to ensuring that everyone should be able to live within their communities with the right support and continue to work in partnership with the NHS and provider organisations to move people from long-stay institutions to community settings."


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Responding to a report by the Voluntary Organisations Disability Group on the challenges and solutions to moving people with learning disabilities and/or autism out of long-stay inpatient care, Cllr Izzi Seccombe, Chairman of the LGA’s Community Wellbeing Board, said:

“Councils are committed to ensuring that everyone should be able to live within their communities with the right support and continue to work in partnership with the NHS and provider organisations to move people from long-stay institutions to community settings.

“Councils, through Transforming Care Partnerships, have made progress to ensure that people with learning disabilities and/or autism who are referred to assessment and treatment centres can be discharged to more appropriate, community based services tailored to meet their needs and support their carers. Robust community provision is vital to prevent admissions to hospital as well as supporting people to move out of hospital settings.

“We are working with health and other partners to develop and implement plans in their area to ensure they are resilient and include a detailed plan for each individual that has been identified as requiring a move under this Transforming Care programme. The LGA is also supporting the development of housing solutions for people with a learning disability or autism and their families.

“However, to maximise the potential of this work, the Government needs to plug the funding gap facing adult social care, which is set to exceed £2 billion by 2020, to ensure personal, reliable care is available to everyone who needs it.”