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Integrating health and social care will benefit patients

Funding essential to robustly implement the 2014 Care Act for people with learning disabilities.
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We all want people with learning disabilities to live well and in a safe environment close to or with their families so they can achieve their potential. This might be possible with the implementation of the 2014 Care Act, which could potentially overhaul and transform the social care system – but funding is essential for this to progress.

The RCN’s Connect for Change report, published in February 2016, provided an update on learning disability services in England. It pointed out that promises made in the light of the Winterbourne View abuse scandal had not been achieved.

Suitable environments

There has been little change in the past five years, with many inpatient units not having developed, and people with learning disabilities still living far away from their loved ones

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