Learning disabilities

Homes not hospitals

Transforming care is all about improving health and care services so that more people with learning disabilities and/or autism 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. An Easy Read version of the national plan, Building the Right Support is also available.

In particular, it aims 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. For example, people from the Isle of Wight with learning disabilities and/or autism have moved in to 12 brand new flats specially built for them near Newport.

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

South East Programme Team and Programme Board

The Transforming Care Programme team in the South East is led by Sally Allum, Director of Nursing for Kent, Surrey and Sussex.

Sally also Chairs the South East Transforming Care Programme Board which oversees the work across the region to improve the quality of care and health outcomes for people with learning disabilities and autism; embed care and treatment reviews and implement new models of care. Representatives from each of the Transforming Care Partnerships in the South East are in attendance.


More information on the Building the right support plan, including information on how to get involved and resources for professionals, is available on the national NHS England learning disabilities website.