In the second of a regular series of updates on NHS England’s work to transform care for people with a learning disability, NHS England’s Director of Transformation – Learning Disabilities, marks the beginning of work in every part of the country to achieve this ambition:
We have seen significant increases in the number of people both being discharged from hospital and/or having their care and treatment reviewed in the last year.
We discharged 1,422 patients home between April 2015 and March 2016, up from 1,093 the previous year.
A total of 3,600 care and treatment reviews (CTRs) have now taken place, and 1,900 people have been discharged or transferred since the start of April 2015 – two thirds of them to community settings.
And because of that, the number of people with a learning disability who are in hospital has fallen; according to the latest statistics out today, there were 2,615 people in hospital at the end of last month, compared with 2,795 last March – 180 fewer.
But progress up to now hasn’t been quick enough. Too many people are still spending too long in assessment and treatment units and in specialist wards – not because they need or want to be there, but because the support and services they need aren’t available in their community.
That’s why this month is such an important one, because it sees the start of work across the country to make that support available for many more people.