Changes In NHS Learning Disability Support And Care

Up to half of the 2,600 hospital beds for people with learning disabilities in England will close under new plans to move care into the community.

The modernisation plans will see the closure of some units altogether, including the last remaining NHS hospital for people with learning disabilities in England, Calderstonesnear Clitheroe, Lancashire. They will be replaced by supported housing schemes such as our own.

Janet Herring, Alabaré Care & Support Director; 

"It is good that the spotlight is being shone on a difficult and often upsetting situation and shows how NHS England is making positive changes following the scandal at Winterbourne View.

"However, we would like to know that this new initiative has the proper funding it needs to be successful and that the Government works with the right authorities to ensure that it is rolled out effectively.

"People with learning disabilities and their families must be at the heart of these changes and we must not lose sight of that."

Alabaré's learning disability services enable people to take control of their lives and live the life they choose. We offer a range of support and training opportunities to people in their own homes, within our supported accommodation, and at our training facilities.

We adopt a person centred approach and work with families, carers, advocates and other agencies to support people to achieve their goals, with creative solutions. Inclusion and participation is important so we involve the people we support in designing our service, for example we now run weekly football and basketball groups, regular theme park trips and have taken on an allotment to support people to grow their own vegetables.

For more information about Alabaré's Learning Disability services click here

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