An Inquiry by Social Workers into Evening Routines in Community Living Settings for Adults with Learning Disabilities

Abstract Significant progress has been made since the 1980s in supporting adults with learning disability to live independent lives in the community. In 2012, the Department of Health in England announced the latest policy initiative to further invest in community support for people with learning disabilities, Transforming Care. Building the right community supported living settingContinue reading “An Inquiry by Social Workers into Evening Routines in Community Living Settings for Adults with Learning Disabilities”

Spotting a ‘closed culture’ – CQC inspections – RadcliffesLeBrasseur The Care Quality Commission (‘CQC’) has produced guidance (‘Guidance’) for their inspection teams and Mental Health Act reviewers to assist them in identifying ‘closed cultures’ at the earliest opportunity and to take appropriate action to prevent recurrence of the abuse exposed at Whorlton Hall.

Learning disabilities and behaviour that challenges: service design and delivery: Draft guidance consultation

NICE has written some guidance about how services should work for people with a learning disability and behaviour that challenges. They want to know what you think about it. The draft guidance has quite a lot to say about residential placements for both children and adults. It appears to suggest that care homes are aContinue reading “Learning disabilities and behaviour that challenges: service design and delivery: Draft guidance consultation”

Do we need to re-think our approach to choice, and giving people with learning disabilities the choices that are spoken of?

There are two points that my Housing LIN viewpoint wishes to highlight: firstly, is there real choice if the housing solution promoted for people with learning disabilities is limited by supply? And secondly, is there real choice if we only offer one solution and thereby make an assumption about what the demand should be? WrittenContinue reading “Do we need to re-think our
approach to choice, and
giving people with learning
disabilities the choices that are spoken of?”

Research in relation to ‘Specialised Supported Housing’

Mencap has commissioned the Housing LIN to undertake research in relation to ‘Specialised Supported Housing’ and specifically an assessment of this category of supported provision covering: the size of the specialised supported housing sector the number and characteristics of people needing the kind of housing provision that is  currently funded via the specialised supported housingContinue reading “Research in relation to ‘Specialised Supported Housing’”

What can we learn from social living models that might help us in the UK?

Recent strides to improve the quality of research, learning and practice development in the care home sector has been a focal point of Care England funded by the Department of Health. For example the Teaching Care Home Pilot and in Scotland the focus has been on creating person centered research based care homes. However theContinue reading “What can we learn from social living models that might help us in the UK?”