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Local plans to transform care for people with a learning disability and/or autism who display behaviour that challenges, including those with a mental health condition, have been published today, backed by millions of pounds of dedicated funding announced by health and care leaders.

The announcement marks a major stage in delivering the reforms set out in Building the right support: A national implementation plan to develop community services and close inpatient facilities, published in October 2015 by NHS England, the Local Government Association (LGA), and the Association of Directors of Adult Social Services (ADASS).

Building the right support set an ambition of empowering individuals and their families to have more say in their care by developing and strengthening good quality support options  in their communities and, as a result, reducing the number of people with a learning disability and/or autism in England who are in hospitals by up to half over three years.

48 local Transforming Care Partnerships (TCPs) – which are made up of people who use the services, their families, providers of services, Clinical Commissioning Groups, local authorities and NHS England specialised commissioning hubs – are tasked with taking forward these intentions and designing new, high-quality, community-based services which reflect the wishes and circumstances of local residents.

The first awards from a £30m, thre e-year NHS England revenue fund to help TCPs where there is a need to speed up the delivery of new services – announced at the same time as Building the right support – have now been finalised.   Funding of almost £6.5m has been designated to 23 TCPs on a match-funding basis to build community provision while inpatient services are being closed.

Each local Transforming Care Partnership will publish and develop its own plan for transforming local services and facilitating the discharge of people with a learning disability and/or autism from inpatient units over the next three years. These will be available in full on local websites, but a summary of, and links to, each of them is available on the NHS England website here: www.england.nhs.uk/learningdisabilities/tcp/

For more information download the stakeholder briefing.

Stakeholder briefing 4 August.pdf.

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