The health and social care regulator, the Care Quality Commission, regularly produces reports on individual care settings, as well as the national picture for them.
Department of Health Review: Winterbourne View Hospital
At any one time around 15,000 people in England have learning disabilities or autism and behaviour that challenges. Most of these people are supported by their family carers or live independently in the community, often with complex packages of support. But at any one time, around 1,200 of these people may be in hospital services for assessment and treatment. This review is about the quality of health and care services they receive.
This report does not cover what happened at Winterbourne View hospital as criminal proceedings are ongoing. The Department will publish a full report, including what happened at Winterbourne View, when criminal proceedings have concluded. However, strong evidence that the health and care system is not meeting the needs of people with learning disabilities or autism and behaviour that challenges has already been found. There is a vast gap between policy and practice. This report sets out the actions that Government are taking now to address the serious issues already identified.
This report is based on:the reports of the Care Quality Commission's (CQC) focussed inspection of 150 hospitals and care homes for people with learning disabilities and the national summary report, published alongside this report;widespread engagement with people with learning disabilities, people with autism, family carers voluntary groups, with health and care commissioners, providers and professionals, as well as the regulators; andother evidence submitted to the review team.
Bubb report calls for closure of learning disability assessment and treatment units
One size doesn't fit all in learning disability sector, says Winterbourne View JIP principal advisor
Power to the people
From service user to citizen – where to next for people with learning disabilities? Alex McClimens and Darren Lee investigate:
To begin, here’s a quick quiz. What links the following cities: Havana, 1959; Paris, 1789; Saigon, 1975; Prague, 1968? They were all sites of revolutionary uprisings where the incumbent leadership was overthrown by a mix of military and people power. Such things don’t just happen in foreign countries as we in the UK too have had our share of revolutionary unrest, although this happened a long time ago.
The thread that links these acts of rebellion was that the majority of the population felt that their political leaders were ignoring the rights of the ordinary citizen. In established Western democracies this situation is now managed by the electoral system that gives citizens the right to vote political parties in or out of government.
Public Services, Deficit Reduction and User Involvement - Now (2014) and Then (1995)
In this Special Report, Alex O’Neil reflects on some fundamental questions about the future of social care. He uses the extensive work that the Joseph Rowntree Foundation has undertaken to look particularly at the lessons we have learned about effective participation, and the involvement of people who use services – and the continuing power imbalances that seem so difficult to shift.
Premature Deaths of People with Learning Disabilities: Progress Update.
This report shows progress against the 18 recommendations in the Confidential Inquiry into premature deaths of people with learning disabilities both locally and nationally. It also recognises that more needs to be done including all local areas: •participating fully in the Self-Assessment Framework and act on its results •securing the provision of named care co-ordinators •ensuring reasonable adjustments are made and audited
Review of Adult Social Care Complaints 2013
Local Government Ombudsman, 2014
This report covers the adult social care complaints that the Local Government Ombudsman has considered during the 2013 calendar year. What constitutes adult social care is often the subject of debate, especially as the boundaries with healthcare become less defined. This report focuses upon complaints about services provided for adults who need extra support. This includes:older people;people with learning disabilities;people with a physical disability;people with a sensory impairment;people with mental ill health; andcarers.
The report considers complaints about all types of registered social care providers regardless of whether care is delivered by a local authority, commissioned by a council or privately funded.
Video: Valuing People Now - Martin Routledge
System-wide change needed to transition process, says CQC report
Have things really changed since Winterbourne View?
A fresh start for adult social care inspections?
Change is a-coming
The Government published its long-awaited final response to the Winterbourne View scandal this week, and it did not disappoint. Many within the sector have been calling for action, not more words – and the Government has certainly responded. Hopes are now high that reform of learning disability hospitals will follow, and quickly.
Actions needed rather than words on learning disability residential care
Court ruling welcome but problems remain
The recent Supreme Court judgement which says that local authorities cannot take their finances into account when assessing people's need for social care is welcome, but more fundamental problems remain. The recent judgement in the KM vs Cambridgeshire County Council case made it clear that "resources are not to