Tuesday, 3 November 2015

NHS England to Set Up £45m Transforming Care Partnerships Fund

40 Transforming Care Partnerships are to be set up across England, to oversee the implementation of the recently published ‘Building the Right Support Plan’, part of the wider government Transforming Care Programme. 
The plan was developed by NHS England, the Local Government Association and the Association of Directors of Adult Social Services.  It seeks to transform community services for those suffering from learning disabilities and/or autism, who are too often, and for too long, being treated in in-patient hospital settings. 
In England, around 24,000 people who have a learning disability and/or autism are classed as being at risk of hospital admission and three quarters of those admitted stay in in-patient facilities for more than a year. 
Under the plan sufferers will be supported to lead more independent lives, with new high quality community services reducing the need for in-patient care.  The plan predicts a reduction in inpatient beds of between 30 and 50 per cent.  Improving the quality of life for thousands of patients and freeing up hundreds of millions of pounds for investment in community-based support.
Transforming Care Partnerships will have until April 2016 to produce local action plans, and are expected to oversee a smooth transition to new service arrangements within 3 years.  £15m will be made available for capital expenditure over this period, with £30m available on a match-funding basis for local commissioners to ‘double-run’ services.
Bed closures will be staggered, only taking place when suitable alternatives are available. Providers such as hospital trusts will be supported by NHS England and others to adapt to the new model, shifting their own services to the community where possible.

Jane Cummings, Chief Nursing Officer for England and Chair of the Transforming Care Delivery Board, said: “Society has failed this group of people for decades. Now is the time to put things right, and with this far-reaching plan I am confident that we can finally make quick, significant and lasting improvements to their lives.”
Dr Paul Lelliott, CQC Deputy Chief Inspector of Hospitals (lead for mental health), said “As one of partner organisations of the transforming care programme board, we support the vision to create more appropriate models of care so that people with learning disabilities can live more independently and whenever in their best interests, receive the care and support they need outside of hospitals'
“Our inspections are structured around what matters to people who use services and how well they are served – this includes assessing the experiences people with learning disabilities and when they are being cared for as inpatients, what providers are doing to support their discharge. As well as this, we are continuing to look at how we register potential new ‘assessment and treatment’ providers so that inappropriate models of care do not continue. We will publish an update on our plans later this year.”

Budgets will be shared between the NHS and local councils to ensure the right care is provided in the right place and a set of national guidelines will be published, setting out the support service users and their families can expect, assisting commissioning bodies in planning appropriate services for their area. 

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