Homes not hospitals

Transforming care is all about improving health and care services so that more people can live in the community, with the right support, and close to home.

Our national plan, Building the Right Support, published in October 2015 set out what we are doing to make sure this change happens.

Following on from Building the Right Support we published a national service model which is also available in easy read.  We also published a document called supplementary guidance for commissioners (the people who plan and pay for care) which tells them what good services should look like and should be in place by March 2019.

Building on that service model we also published three model service specifications, also available in easy read, to give commissioners more detail about the kinds of specialist support they could provide in their local communities.

How is care changing?

Transforming care will mean that fewer people will need to go into hospital for their care. This means that we can close hundreds of hospital beds across England.  To do this we are making sure that services in the community are much better.

For people who do need to go into hospital though we want to make sure that they are as close to where they live as possible.  This means that in some areas of the country new hospital services need to be developed at the same time as community support.

Who is leading this work in my area?

Part of Building the Right Support included the development of 48 transforming care partnerships (TCPs) across England.  TCPs are made up of clinical commissioning groups, NHS England’s specialised commissioners and local authorities.

The TCPs work with people with a learning disability, autism or both and their families and carers to agree and deliver local plans for the programme.

You can find out more about how care is improving for people with a learning disability, autism or both in the following pages: