NHS England, 2014

NHS England has asked Sir Stephen Bubb, the Chief Executive of charity leaders network ACEVO, to chair a steering group to develop recommendations for the development of a national framework for local commissioning of community based support for people with learning disabilities. This will specifically respond to the pledge set out in the Winterbourne View Concordat.

The steering group has representatives from people with learning disabilities, autism and their families, from voluntary sector partners working in this field, and from senior leaders in health and care.

The group aims to complete its work by the end of October 2014 and will deliver a report to NHS England that sets out its recommendations for national framework for commissioning services for people with learning disabilities and autism who need specialist support that can be delivered locally.

The main focus of the steering group will be:

  • Recommendations for the development of the national framework – to be locally delivered
  • Looking at innovative commissioning solutions, tools and levers to put the framework in place and co-commissioning with the third sector
  • Looking at financial flows, including finance for capital investment in community development that will allow the national framework to be embedded.
  • Reviewing options for the closure of some in-patients beds to support the delivery of community alternatives.

The link below provides access to the terms of reference for the Steering Group, the minutes of the groups first meeting, and a scoping solution.