News

The latest news releases from Turning Point are listed below.

Press Releases

24 November 2017 | Learning Disability

Turning Point's Fiona Ritchie responds to the 2017 Autumn Budget

“I'm dismayed that social care yet again received no mention in the Autumn Budget. "Support services including for people with learning disabilities ease pressure on the NHS. They also save the health service money.  "But social care is facing significant cutbacks. Investment is needed urgently otherwise the crisis will deepen further."...
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30 October 2017 | Learning Disability

Turning Point launches outreach service in Peterborough for people with learning disabilities

Out & About Peterborough will also provide respite support 24 hours a day, seven days a week, offering a comprehensive assessment to ensure the best support is provided. Derek Wood said: “We are offering people to take part in activities of their choice whenever it suits...
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01 July 2017 | Learning Disability

Turning Point begins providing support to people with learning disabilities in Barnsley

Fiona Ritchie, Managing Director for Learning Disability services at Turning Point, said: ‘It is with great pleasure that I welcome staff and people we will soon support from Barnsley into Turning Point. We look forward to working with you all during this exciting time!’...
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29 June 2017 | Learning Disability | Mental Health

Turning Point Occupational Therapist delivers talk at Royal College of Occupational Therapists Annual Conference

Following the conference, which took place in Birmingham on Monday 19th and Tuesday 20th June, Kate said: ‘The rationale behind the group is to empower the clients to make their own decisions based on their own knowledge, and reduce dependency on staff. The group encourages...
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02 March 2017 | Learning Disability | Mental Health

Turning Point reacts to Channel 4 exposé of conditions at large mental health institution

‘Yesterday a Channel 4 documentary exposed the awful conditions children and young people with learning disabilities and mental health issues are living in at one of Britain’s largest mental health institutions. Yet again we are witnessing a shocking level of care. ‘There are, however, better alternatives...
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18 January 2017 | Substance Misuse | Learning Disability | Mental Health

Lord Victor Adebowale announced as new Chair of Social Enterprise UK

Lord Adebowale is currently Chief Executive of Turning Point, a social enterprise providing specialist and integrated services which focus on improving lives and communities across mental health, learning disability, substance misuse, primary care, the criminal justice system and employment. A cross-bench peer, he is also...
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03 December 2016 | Learning Disability

Turning Point's MD for Learning Disability Services releases statement for International Day of Persons with Disabilities 2016

‘At Turning Point we have supported people with learning disabilities for over 25 years. During that period of time we have enabled people to discover new possibilities in their lives, however big their dreams. Whether someone aims to learn a new skill or gain employment,...
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14 October 2016 | Learning Disability | Mental Health

Lord Victor Adebowale responds to the CQC's State of Care report

‘Today’s Care Quality Commission (CQC) report on the state of adult social care shows what we know to be true: that the sustainability of adult social care is approaching a tipping point. In the face of this, Turning Point strives to provide good quality care. ‘The...
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14 October 2016 | Substance Misuse | Learning Disability | Mental Health

Social Saturday event in Oxford to celebrate businesses that put people and planet first

Social enterprises are businesses that trade to meet a social or environmental mission. There are around 70,000 social enterprises in the UK, employing nearly a million people and contributing £24 billion to the economy. Turning Point’s Refresh Café is a social enterprise set up to promote...
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21 July 2016 | Learning Disability

Turning Point hosts National Learning Disability and Autism Conference

This year the conference was hosted by Turning Point, a health and social care organisation with over 25 years’ experience of supporting people with learning disabilities and autism. For the first time, the day was co-produced, co-judged and co-chaired by people with learning disabilities, reflecting...
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20 July 2016 | Substance Misuse | Learning Disability | Mental Health

Lord Victor Adebowale responds to Health Select Committee report

Lord Victor Adebowale, Chief Executive of Turning Point said: ‘The findings of the report are unsurprising and show what many in the sector know already: by excluding public health, education and training from the Department of Health’s budget, the quality of health and social care...
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15 July 2016 | Substance Misuse | Learning Disability | Mental Health

Turning Point accredited with Silver Award by Investors in People

IIP measure the quality of how organisations lead, support and manage people for sustainable results. Lord Victor Adebowale, Chief Executive of Turning Point said: ‘This is an excellent result and I am very proud of our staff for their hard work. Investors in People were particularly impressed...
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06 July 2016 | Learning Disability

Turning Point delivers new support for people with a learning disability in Warwickshire

Although there have been community hubs in the area for some time, the new service will have a greater emphasis on wellbeing and will be accessible across a range of local community sites. Our new flexible model will offer regular drop in sessions for information...
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04 July 2016 | Learning Disability

Turning Point responds to statistics showing that over 2,500 people with learning disabilities and/or autism are forced to live in hospital settings

Fiona Ritchie, Managing Director for Learning Disability Services at Turning Point said: ‘Hospital is not a suitable place for people with learning disabilities to be living, let alone for five, or even ten years, as the NHF report shows. ‘Progress in this area is too slow...
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24 June 2016 | Learning Disability

Music therapy helping people with learning disabilities in Salisbury

Music therapy is a specialist use of music that aims to improve physical and emotional wellbeing, and helps people to communicate who otherwise may have difficulty doing so. Zanna Finnerty, Day Opportunities Manager at Turning Point said: ‘The therapy has proven to be a great success....
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16 June 2016 | Learning Disability

Turning Point’s learning disability service in Tameside celebrates one year since launch

People supported by Turning Point attended with their Support Workers and families, along with local councillor Brenda Warrington. Steve Winfield, Area Manager at Turning Point said: ‘Over the past year we have worked hard to raise the standards of the service and have improved support provided...
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01 June 2016 | Substance Misuse | Learning Disability | Mental Health

Turning Point supports Nursing Associate plans

Health Education England (HEE) said that there was 'real appetite' for the role following a consultation, and has announced that 1,000 students will start training for the new role in January 2017 across test sites. The new role is expected to work alongside care assistants and...
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12 May 2016 | Learning Disability

Putting wellbeing first in Warwickshire

Turning Point will work with local people to revamp the existing wellbeing service, which currently provides a range of support, including signposting, advice and information. Fiona Ritchie OBE, Managing Director for Learning Disability at Turning Point said: ‘We’re thrilled to be extending the support we offer...
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11 May 2016 | Substance Misuse | Learning Disability | Mental Health

Turning Point’s tele-coaching support reduces hospital admissions

‘We know that people are often sent home prematurely, without the necessary coordination or community response in place. This increases the risk of harm and people returning to hospital, instead of being supported properly in their own homes. The answer is not, however, simply to...
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21 April 2016 | Substance Misuse | Learning Disability | Mental Health

Lord Victor Adebowale speaks at the West Yorkshire — Finding Independence annual conference

Speaking to an audience of local authority and health commissioners, members of the police, ambulance service and third sector organisations, he said people with multiple needs often fall through the cracks of the health system as agencies are not working closely together. Victor asked: ‘Who is...
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20 April 2016 | Substance Misuse | Learning Disability | Mental Health

Lord Victor Adebowale addresses E-Health conference

He referred to developments by NHS England to widen digital participation and Turning Point’s integration of digital solutions into the delivering of their services. Reflecting on day one of the conference, Lord Adebowale told delegates that the majority of the population have access to computers, are...
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20 April 2016 | Substance Misuse | Learning Disability | Mental Health

Lord Victor Adebowale addresses GPs and Senior Practice Managers at Local Medical Committees conference

The aim of the conference, which took place at the Emirates Stadium, was to involve London GPs and senior practice staff in understanding the challenges and future opportunities of providing good quality healthcare. Lord Adebowale, speaking on the wider determinants of health, shared his concern that...
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01 April 2016 | Learning Disability

Turning Point opens Supported Living service in Oxfordshire

Turning Point will provide supported living for people with a learning disability or autism in their own homes across Oxfordshire, specifically in Carterton, Chipping Norton, Faringdon, Witney and Oxford. The service will support 73 people across 26 properties and start from 1st April. Fiona Ritchie, Managing...
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01 April 2016 | Learning Disability

Turning Point opens Supported Living service in Gloucestershire

Turning Point will provide support for people with a learning disability, complex health needs and/or autism in their own homes across Gloucestershire, specifically in Hucclecote, Minsterworth and Up Hatherley.We will also be supporting people in Woodmancote from June.  Fiona Ritchie OBE, Managing Director for Learning Disability...
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01 April 2016 | Substance Misuse | Learning Disability | Mental Health

Turning Point launches Housing Support in Cumbria

Operations Manager, Mary Grace Brown said: ‘We have been operating in the local area for a number of years now, so we’re very well-placed to be delivering this new service. We have strong connections and a real commitment to the local community and look forward...
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18 March 2016 | Learning Disability

Fiona Ritchie, Managing Director for Learning Disability Services at Turning Point says more needs to be done to support people with autism

‘It is shocking to learn that people with autism are dying younger than the general population. Recently, Sir Stephen Bubb’s report showed that there is still work to be done in reforming support for people with a learning disability, and today’s news shows that this...
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25 February 2016 | Learning Disability

Turning Point’s Managing Director for Learning Disability joins the Board of VODG

Steve Scown the Chair of VODG today announced Fiona’s appointment to the board of trustees following an election process. Steve said: 'I am delighted to announce that Fiona Ritchie has been elected to VODG’s board of trustees. Fiona’s breadth of expertise across children’s and adult services...
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24 February 2016 | Substance Misuse | Learning Disability | Mental Health

Turning Point shares concerns on the future of supported housing for vulnerable groups

On this issue, John Campbell, Managing Director for Mental Health services at Turning Point said: ‘We are extremely concerned by the National Housing Federation’s recent findings that over 2,500 sheltered housing units are being scrapped or delayed. Housing is a cornerstone of people’s independence, whether...
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22 February 2016 | Learning Disability

Turning Point's Managing Director for Learning Disability Services responds to RCN report showing that people with learning disabilities are being failed by the health system

'Today's report from the Royal College of Nursing on learning disability is a sombre read. 'Despite taking great strides to personalise support in the community, the worrying reduction in learning disability nurses and increase in the number of people who had to stay in hospital unnecessarily...
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22 February 2016 | Learning Disability

Turning Point responds to Time for Change: The Challenge Ahead for Learning Disability Services

'I welcome this report and its recommendations but we need more than words now. The fact that the government has missed their own timetable for closure of institutional services is unacceptable. People deserve better. 'Everyone is in agreement that the future of learning disability support is...
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20 January 2016 | Learning Disability

Turning Point launches new toolkit to help support the health and wellbeing of people with learning disabilities

The toolkit, a first of its kind, is a comprehensive guide to making sure that people with learning disabilities are healthy and well. It also aims to improve the knowledge, skills and confidence of staff in advocating and monitoring the healthcare needs of people with...
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10 December 2015 | Substance Misuse | Learning Disability | Mental Health

Lord Adebowale shares his four rules of engagement

At the event, attended by over 100 delegates from across the NHS, community and voluntary sector, Victor outlined Turning Point's model of Connected Care - a methodology that trains local residents to be Community Researchers who inform the design and delivery of health and social...
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09 December 2015 | Substance Misuse | Learning Disability | Mental Health

Turning Point publishes 2014/15 Annual Report to Tenants

The report captures successes from the last year; from growing our peer mentor programme to embedding a new recovery charter designed by people from our mental health services, to the first national meeting of the People’s Parliament – a forum led by people with learning...
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03 December 2015 | Learning Disability

Turning Point's Fiona Ritchie releases statement for International Day of Persons with Disabilities

Significant progress has been made over the last decade in terms of stigma; life expectancy; the range of support available in our communities; and employment opportunities. According to government statistics, more people with disabilities are employed now compared to 2002, and more children with Special...
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02 December 2015 | Learning Disability

New report published on new migrants and people from BME communities who have learning disabilities

The report makes a number of findings including; that data collection around BME groups is unreliable; that services often didn’t distinguish between people from BME communities and new migrants, despite their needs potentially being very different; communication between practitioners and service users needs improving; and...
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25 November 2015 | Substance Misuse | Learning Disability | Mental Health

Lord Victor Adebowale's response to the Comprehensive Spending Review

'The extra investment in the NHS and recognition of further funding needed for mental health is welcome, but health outcomes will be undermined if investment in social care and public health is inadequate. 'Local authority leaders are saying enough is enough in regards to challenges they're...
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25 November 2015 | Substance Misuse | Learning Disability | Mental Health

Mark Shepperd's response to the Comprehensive Spending Review

'Despite increased funding for the NHS it is still to be confirmed how local public health services will fare in the years ahead. Public Health is an essential component of preventing longer term, more costly issues developing and cutting the budget, even while safeguarding the...
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30 October 2015 | Substance Misuse | Learning Disability | Mental Health

Lords debate on the Criminal Justice System

The debate was proposed by Lord Harris of Haringey (Labour), author of The Harris Review: Changing Prisons, Saving Lives, published in July 2015. Contributing to the debate, Victor said that management of young adults in the criminal justice system requires a distinct approach and those who remain...
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30 October 2015 | Learning Disability

Turning Point’s Fiona Ritchie responds to national plan on community support for people with learning disabilities and autism

‘The publication of a national improvement plan to reduce the number of people in hospitals is welcome and demonstrates NHS England’s commitment to continuing to improve services for people with learning disabilities. ‘There are, as the government recognises, still too many people in hospital settings who...
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05 February 2015 | Learning Disability

Fiona Ritchie, Managing Director for Learning Disability Services at Turning Point, responded to the publication of the National Audit Office’s report ‘Care services for people with learning disabilities and challenging behaviour’

"It is appalling that so many people with learning disabilities are still living in hospitals, away from their families and friends. That so many people still have no planned date for transfer to the community is equally troubling. "As the NAO report recommends, we need to see a greater...
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29 January 2015 | Learning Disability

Fiona Ritchie, Managing Director for Learning Disability Services at Turning Point, responded to the publication of the government’s report ‘Winterbourne View: Transforming Care Two Years On’

"It's great to see so much emphasis on the involvement of people with learning disabilities, as well as their families and carers. However, we must make sure that we continue to focus on support rather than care, and the need to let those with learning disabilities take control of...
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30 November 2012 | Learning Disability | Mental Health

Turning Point responds to personal health budgets evaluation

'The positive outcomes in the evaluation of the pilot demonstrates the benefit of providing people, including those with complex needs, greater choice and control over the support they receive. We hope the further roll out of personal health budgets continues to engage and benefit those with mental health issues...
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11 July 2012 | Learning Disability | Mental Health

Turning Point Comments on the Government’s Social Care Proposals

'Many of the reforms are positive, particularly the fact people will no longer have their care interrupted if they move around the country and care assessments for under 18s which will help to ensure they don't lose out on support on reaching adulthood. 'However, these reforms are meaningless without a proper commitment to funding....
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04 May 2012 | Learning Disability

Learning Disability Service Holds Victory Day Celebrations

Visitors and Residents of Turning Point's Weaver Courtlearning disability service in Bradfordgot together to celebrate Victory Day, 1940's style on Friday 4th May. Staff and residents were dressed up in 1940's costumes, showing visitors around their reminiscence room which contains a selection of wartime memorabilia. It was also a chance...
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01 December 2011 | Substance Misuse | Learning Disability | Mental Health | Employment | Community Commissioning

Co-production: Giving Communities a Helping Hand

Co-production* is an important factor in health integration. By empowering communities, it delivers improved health care, innovation and better outcomes for patients, according to a new report by the NHS Alliance and Turning Point, with the support of National Voices. Raising the Bar: Driving Co-production through Clinical Commissioning puts co-production at...
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01 December 2011 | Learning Disability | Mental Health

Turning Point Statement Regarding Government’s Decision to Keep Mobility Component of DLA

Turning Point's Director of Learning Disability Services, Adam Penwarden said; "We are reassured by the fact the Government has listened to those who need support the most and has decided not to remove the mobility component of the Disability Living Allowance. "This benefit is integral to the lives of some of...
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17 October 2011 | Learning Disability | Community Commissioning

Turning Point Comments on New Strategic Vision for Volunteering in Social Care

Commenting on Turning Point's new strategic vision for volunteering in social care, Turning Point Connected Care's Assistant Director, Gemma Bruce said; "The investment of £2.6 million towards national volunteering and social action projects is a step in the right direction. Volunteers make a huge contribution towards the delivery of health and...
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14 July 2011 | Substance Misuse | Learning Disability | Mental Health | Employment | Community Commissioning

Whitehall Must Give Power to the People

"Whitehall must give power to the people" - This was the message delivered by Chief Parliamentary and Political Adviser to the Deputy Prime Minister, Norman Lamb MP at a conference hosted by Lord Adebowale, Chief Executive of Turning Point, at the NCVO yesterday. The unique event, entitled 'Bridging...
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04 July 2011 | Substance Misuse | Learning Disability | Mental Health | Employment | Community Commissioning

Turning Point Responds to Dilnot Report

In response to the Dilnot report into the funding of care and support, published today, Turning Point's Chief Executive, Lord Victor Adebowale said; "We have long needed to achieve an affordable and sustainable system for funding long-term care in this country. The fact that this is being looked into in...
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05 May 2011 | Substance Misuse | Learning Disability | Mental Health | Employment | Community Commissioning

Turning Point Response to Law Commission Proposals

Commenting on the Law Commission's final proposals following their Adult Social Care Project, Lord Victor Adebowale, Chief Executive of leading health and social care organisation, Turning Point said: "This far reaching report provides an important foundation for encouraging and supporting integration. This was one of the key issues raised by service...
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