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Strengthen the support worker role to fix the care system

Independent living is only possible with a team of dedicated support workers and nurses
Image of a man with Down’s syndrome looking out of a train window. Clare Taylor of mental health and learning disability at the charity Turning Point, talks about how to fix the system of care for people with learning disabilities and autism.

Independent living is only possible with a team of dedicated support workers and nurses

Does our system of care for people with learning disabilities and autism need fixing?

The answer is an emphatic ‘yes’ according to a succession of high-profile reports published so far this year.

The University of Bristol’s Learning Disabilities Mortality Review (LeDeR) programme , the Care Quality Commission , and the Children’s Commissioner for England all raised serious concerns that individuals are being let down because of poor practice in the sector.

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