The crimes and abuse committed against people at Winterbourne View rightly brought the lives of people with learning disabilities and
However, the issues go far wider and deeper than any one particular service.
Estimates suggest that there are 1.2 million people with a learning disability in England, and between 10-17% in this population have
Behaviour is challenging if it is harmful to the person or others around them or restricts the person’s life.
Far too many people do not receive the
But, I am also inspired by the positive lives people lead when they are listened to and receive the right assistance.
For these reasons, I was pleased to be appointed as chair of the NICE guideline committee on how services should be designed and delivered for people with learning disabilities and
We advise that there should be a single lead commissioner responsible for health and social care services for people with learning disabilities. This person should have specific expertise about people whose
A named coordinator can help make sure that the person is at the
We want authorities and commissioners to provide practical and expert help to support families in the community. This includes planning ahead to anticipate and prevent a crisis as well as ensuring access to relevant information and to respite care.
Good, specialist care, appropriate
Our draft guideline is not, however, a ‘colour by numbers’ set of instructions. Instead, they propose that support is built upon a set of values and principles which truly put people and their families at the heart of everything which is done.
The consultation is open until 20th November. Please contribute your comments so that the recommendations, once