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

News item posted: 19 June 2017

Responding to the national plan published today on community support for people with learning disabilities and autism, Fiona Ritchie OBE, Turning Point’s Managing Director Learning Disability said:

‘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 could be living in the community, with greater control over their lives. To make sure we get this right we need to ensure that the community infrastructure is robust enough to support people well, including an innovative approach to the current housing shortage, and that services are funded adequately in recognition of the complexity of support frontline staff will be delivering.

‘We know what’s needed, we now need to stick to the timescale set and deliver on our promises so that further delays to moving people into the community are avoided.’

Full details of the plan are available on the NHS England website: https://www.england.nhs.uk/2015/10/30/homes-not-hospitals/