Somerset Transforming Care

Improving services for people with learning disabilities and/or autism who display behaviour that challenges.

(including those with a mental health condition) so they will benefit from better care options in the community instead of being in hospital.

What does this mean for people?

  • Bringing people currently in specialist beds back from hospital as soon as possible
  • More choice for people and their family around care in the local community
  • Innovative services and intensive support for those that need it
  • Undertake care and treatment reviews (CTR) with the aim of reducing admissions and unnecessarily lengthy stays in hospitals and reducing health inequalities
  • Ensuring that people do not get admitted in the first place and if this is the case, ensuring that they stay there for as short a period as possible

What are we aiming for?

Our vision is for all people with learning disabilities and/or autism in Somerset to be able to say:

  • I have a good quality of life that I enjoy
  • I have purpose to my day and I am valued by my community
  • I feel safe in my home and the community
  • I choose where I live and with whom
  • I can get support in my local community when I need it
  • I am treated with dignity and respect

What does this mean to you?

Think ‘Transforming Care’ if you identify any of the following triggers in the people that you work with:

  • behaviours which may lead to contact with the criminal justice system
  • risky behaviours which may put themselves or others at risk
  • displays of self-injurious or aggressive behaviour, not related to severe mental ill-health – often a severe learning disability
  • mental health problems which result in challenging behaviours

How you can make a difference

  • All relevant partner agencies are responsible for working together across multi-disciplinary pathways to ensure that patients receive the best service possible
  • By working together, you and other professionals can identify people quickly and take early action to avoid unnecessary admittance to hospital

For more information visit www.england.nhs.uk/learning-disabilities/care

Supported by the Department of Health, NHS England, the LGAm ADASS, the Care Quality Commission (CQC) and Health Education England (HEE)