Learning Disability and Autism

Homes not hospitals

The Learning Disability and Autism team focus on improving health and care services so that more people with learning disabilities and autistic people can live in the community, with the right support, and close to home.

Building the Right Support, published in October 2015 set out what needed to be done to make sure these changes happen. In particular, to reduce the numbers of people receiving care in hospital by providing suitable accommodation in local communities where individuals can live with the support they need, or helping them to move back home.


Transforming Care for people with learning disabilities in the South East

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.

Across the South East region, seven Transforming Care Partnerships (TCPs) are leading the way to improve the lives for people with a learning disability, autism or both. A cornerstone of achieving this is safely and successfully discharging inpatients into appropriate community settings.

Good progress has already been made moving people with learning disabilities and/or autism in to more appropriate accommodation for their needs, working with patients and their families.

Find out more about the progress being made on improving care for those with learning disabilities and autism.


South East Learning Disability and Autism programme

The Learning Disability and Autism team in the South East is led by Alison Leather, Head of Learning Disability and Autism.

More information on the Learning Disability and Autism Programme, including information on how to get involved and resources for professionals, is available on the national NHS England learning disabilities website.