Policy briefing

Homes and services for people with learning disabilities should be close to their families, new guidance says

Local councils and health bodies need to work together to make community support near loved ones a reality

Progress on providing community services for people with learning disabilities has been slow but a new service design and delivery model aims to make that become a reality

Essential facts

Approximately 1.2 million people in England have a learning disability and it is estimated that up to 17% display behaviour that challenges. The exposure of widespread abuse at Winterbourne View hospital in 2011 led to a review of care prompting the Transforming Care programme to move people from inpatient units to more personalised services based in communities.

NHS England has set out the range of support which should be available in communities by next March. But, charities including Mencap and the National Autistic Society have criticised slow progress to close inpatient beds and provide community services.

What’s new?

Homes and services for people with learning disabilities should


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