The Board received a report from the Strategic Director, People and Economy, which provided details of the purpose and associated processes of the Governments Transforming Care Programme and the local progress for Halton residents.
It was reported that further to the publication of the Government’s response to Winterbourne View Hospital (2012) a concordat plan of action was developed. By the time of the report Winterbourne View – time for change 2014, it was evident that the intended reduction in the use of in-patient beds had not been achieved. The Government had therefore, now set clear targets for the reduction of in-patient beds and this was to be a 50% reduction nationally over the next three years.
It was noted that the Transforming Care Agenda encompassed both Children and Adults with Learning Disability and/or Autism, and in particular those who displayed behaviour that presented challenges. The key areas of the Transforming Care Programme were noted as:
· Empowering individuals;
· Right care in the right place;
· Regulation and inspection;
· Workforce; and
· Data and information.
The report discussed where Halton fitted in to the Programme and Members were referred to:
· the National Service Model at Appendix 1;
· the Governance Structure of the Cheshire and Merseyside Transforming Care Board at Appendix 2;
· The latest version of the Mid-Mersey Plan at Appendix 3.
Following Members’ queries it was confirmed that there were mechanisms in place to receive feedback from young people with disabilities so that services could be improved and developed. The Chair suggested that a glossary would be useful if abbreviations are to be used in the reports.
RESOLVED: That the Board notes the report.