People with learning disabilities often live together in small groups in a house or small development with round-the-clock support.
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.
Closing the Winterbournes.
Winterbourne View Hospital: Department of Health Review and Response.
Winterbourne View: Update and Action Needed.
BBC Panorama programme on 31 May 2011 featured systemic abuse of patients within Winterbourne View, an independent hospital run by Castlebeck Care (Teesdale) Ltd.
The Department has issued a dear colleague letter to the NHS and local authorities setting out action that needs to be taken forward by NHS bodies and local authorities. People with learning disabilities continue to face real health inequalities and it remains a priority for the NHS to work to improve health outcomes for this excluded group.
The letter also reminds commissioners of the minimum action that is expected to be taken in order to improve standards at a local level. Agencies were requested to appoint a lead commissioner to coordinate the work of all commissioners of patients and residents for any facility where CQC has advised that regulatory action may need to be taken in order to ensure the welfare of the individual residents.
Since December 2011 the Care Quality Commission has been carrying out a series of inspections of hospitals and care homes that care for people with learning disabilities.
One size doesn't fit all in learning disability sector, says Winterbourne View JIP principal advisor
Learning for Care Homes from Alternative Residential Care Settings.
Full Lives by Children's Commissioner for Wales (2014)
In his Annual Report of 2012-13 the Children's Commissioner for Wales made a commitment to undertake a distinct piece of work that would examine the implementation of the Breaks for Carers of Disabled Children (Wales) Regulations 2012.
The regulations provide for a range of services to be put in place to meet this duty and required local authorities to prepare and publish a ‘Short Breaks Services Statement’ by September 2012. Whilst the short breaks services statements published by local authorities acknowledge the important role of short breaks in supporting children and young people to engage in social and learning activities, overall, the Commissioner remained unconvinced that the short breaks services statements go far enough. Some local authority short breaks statements go further than others in communicating the importance of short breaks in providing access to new opportunities that support good outcomes for children and young people with disabilities and those that care for them.