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How people with learning disabilities are improving housing and mental health services
My alarm is set for 6am. I acknowledge it by 6.30am and then set off early by car. I use the time driving to mentally prepare for the day.
When I get in, I go through my emails and diary and update the Q-team’s Twitter feed and Southdown’s Involvement blog. The Q-team is a group of people who are supported by our learning disability services, and are committed to improving the quality of life for everybody with a learning disability who is supported by Southdown.
It is deplorable that a young woman with autism died after gaining 10 stone in weight during the seven years she was detained – mainly alone in a padded room – at a private assessment and treatment centre (Patient with autism put on 10 stone during years alone in padded room, coroner rules, 25 November).
The misconception that some people with autism behave in a way that is so challenging they cannot be supported to change their behaviour resulted in a tragic outcome for Stephanie Bincliffe and her family. We believe every person with autism deserves to be supported in a way that helps them to thrive and achieve. Mencap and the Challenging Behaviour Foundation have called for the Department of Health to order an independent inquiry into the death of inpatients with learning disabilities. In the case of Stephanie Bincliffe, we echo the need for an independent inquiry to investigate her death and to address her family’s concerns about her treatment.
Chief executive, Ambitious about Autism
Support for disabled people has for too long been an easy cut to make. Operation Disabled Vote aims to change that
Today marks the launch of Operation Disabled Vote, a campaign to encourage the 11 million people living with a disability or long-term health condition in the UK to register to vote. It is a simple but inspired idea that couldn’t come soon enough.
For too long now we have seen policy after government policy hit the disabled hardest. According to the government’s own impact assessment, two-thirds of those affected by the bedroom tax are disabled, and some are struggling so hard to make up the cuts to their housing payment that they are selling off possessions to buy their children winter coats. This week, research from charity Contact A Family showed 83% of families with a disabled child are now having to go without – 31% have gone without food, 33% without heating – with two-thirds of parents saying their own health has been affected as a result.
The Bubb report has some good ideas, but only the politicians can make it happen
Three years ago, the Winterbourne View scandal provoked national outrage at the appalling treatment of patients with learning disabilities. The government promised to move as many patients as possible from such assessment and treatment units by June of this year. That meant finding 2,600 places in community settings. It has been, as care minister Norman Lamb admitted on Wednesday, an abject failure. For the past year, more people have been admitted to units like Winterbourne View than have been discharged. Today, in a report that is a familiar description of silo thinking, perverse incentives and the scarcity of transitional funding, Sir Stephen Bubb called again for action. His recommendations for a commissioning system based on individual rights are sensible. But few of them are new either – an indication of how hard it is to create change when the NHS, central government and local councils all need to be engaged. It takes a serious deadline and political commitment to make things happen in mental health and social care.
Yet big sums of money – £4,000 a week per patient – are spent, usually in the private sector, on what can amount to little more than the warehousing of vulnerable people in specialist units, often hundreds of miles from their families. Sir Stephen’s most innovative suggestion is to find £30m, perhaps from some of the cash raised in bank fines, and use it to kickstart a partnership with private investors to provide the kind of supported residential care, with specialist back up, that is needed. But critics warn that this too risks being too institutional to create genuinely individual care packages.
Settlement for $300,000 announced by US Department of Labor pays 100 workers the money employment program allegedly failed to give An employment program agreed to give $300,000 in back wages to around 100 disabled workers for allegedly failing to pay o…
Nobel prizewinner’s team successfully converts patients’ skin cells into healthy muscle cells, raising hopes for treatment
Scientists have edged closer to a therapy for muscular dystrophy by turning skin cells from a patient into healthy muscle cells.
Researchers hope injections of the newly made cells could boost the performance of failing muscles in patients and so alleviate some of the worst symptoms of the condition.
Winterbourne View – Time to Change recommends charter of rights for people with learning disabilities
NHS England published an independent report into the care of people with learning disabilities on Wednesday.
The review, Winterbourne View – Time for Change, was chaired by Sir Stephen Bubb, chief executive of the Association of Chief Executives of Voluntary Organisations. Its 10 recommendations include the introduction of a charter of rights for people with learning disabilities and their families, and a programme to close institutional assessment and treatment units.
Bubb says close ‘inappropriate’ institutions – leaves a lot of wriggle room for deciding what is ‘appropriate’. https://t.co/aTMtotLHEf
So three years after Winterbourne View we have a new report. Cracking progress. Inpatients will be packing their bags across the land.
Good that Bubb report apparently recommends more rights for people with learning disabilities. #LBBill would do this.
Re Bubb recommendations – what’s new about a right to challenge decisions or right to *request* a personal budget? https://t.co/m2ZR23clGD
As a new report paves the way for the closure of Winterbourne-View-style units, where 2,600 people with learning disabilities are being treated, their families are fighting to bring them home
Every morning, 17-year-old Tianze Ni crosses off another day on his calendar at the Middlesborough hospital unit where he has lived for the last six months, 200 miles away from his family in Fife, Scotland.
In Northampton, 19-year-old Stephen Andrade-Martinez has spent a year-and-a-half in a similar special unit, 80 miles from his London home. His parents visit once a week – by appointment only – for a maximum of two hours.
Report calls for new charter of rights for people with learning disabilities after Winterbourne View scandalMinisters are giving qualified support to a report on Wednesday calling for £30m of bank fines to be used to kickstart a drive to close ho…