Learning Disabilities

Transforming Care for people with learning disabilities in the South

Building the Right Support is the national plan to support individuals’ lead more independent lives and have a greater say about the support they receive. Services will be improved, reducing the numbers of people receiving care in hospital and providing more community care, at home or nearby.

Under the national plan, 48 Transforming Care Partnerships were set up – bringing together the NHS, local authorities and wider partners. Each has created a local plan which sets out how care for those with a learning disability, autism or both will be radically improved.

Across the south region, 14 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.


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A high resolution version of the South TCP map is also available for downloading.

TCP plans will significantly improve choice and access to good quality support and services outside of hospital and as a result will deliver better health outcomes overall.

In the South, good progress has already been made reducing the numbers of inpatient beds for people with learning disabilities. As a region it has the lowest per capita admission rate in the country, with around 465 inpatient beds commissioned for those with a learning disability or autism.

Between April and September 2016, around 150 people with learning disabilities have been discharged from inpatient hospital care either back home or to other community care, achieved by working with patients and families and providing the right community services.

Since April 2016 around 175 CTRs have been carried out across the south –helping to prevent unnecessary admission in the first place and get people home earlier from hospital with the right supportive care in place.

Transforming Care Programme Team

The Transforming Care Programme team in the south is led by Jill Crook.

A full team structure chart is available to download or get in touch via our lead administrator Alison Sargeant: alison.sargeant1@nhs.net