A new Learning Disability Strategy for Hampshire (2009-11) entitled “Ordinary People Leading Ordinary Lives” was approved in February 2010. This strategy came out as a result of the ‘Ordinary People Leading Ordinary Lives’ consultation in 2008 and also Valuing People Now, the Government’s three year strategy to improve the lives of people with learning disabilities.
Our in-house services are the residential homes and day services that Hampshire County Council provides. Many of these are traditional building based residential and day services. The traditional model of care does not support people to be independent.
A number of the building based residential and day care services are quite old and considered no longer fit for purpose.
Feedback from consultations with service users shows that many individuals would welcome access to mainstream services. Younger people with learning disabilities are also choosing not to use traditional in-house services.
Hampshire County Council recently launched a public consultation on proposals to transform our residential and day services for adults with a Learning Disability, provided by Hampshire County Council.
The consultation was held from December 8 2010 to March 16 2011 with 27 consultation events held around the county for carers and people who use our services. Events were also held for staff, independent and voluntary sector providers of care for people with learning disabilities and partner organisations such as the NHS. A separate consultation was held with people in long term residential placements.
On 16th May 2011, Councillor Felicity Hindson, the Council's Executive Member for Adult Social Care, agreed to the plans going ahead.
The plans include enhancing day services options to around 17 bases across the county, providing specialist day services for those with complex needs, and offering a wider choice of day opportunities for less disabled people. The proposals focus on bringing services closer to local communities which will enable people to take part in a wider range of activities - something respondents to the consultation highlighted as important to them.
Hampshire County Council also provides nine in-house residential services. These provide a range of respite care, crisis care and long stay residential care.
The proposals are to separate in-house respite services to ensure they can meet individuals needs and offer improved facilities for those with complex needs and offer those who are less disabled a wider choice of respite services than those currently provided.
Taking the consultation feedback on board, the Council is proposing to build a new respite facility in the Fareham/ Gosport area, in addition to retaining the long term residential unit at Upton Grey, in Winchester, and opening a new respite facility for the north of the county in the Basingstoke area. The current buildings do not meet the needs of service users and are not fit for the future.
By modernising learning disability services the County Council wants to improve choice and at the same time give better value for money for the tax payer. These proposals will help stimulate alternatives to traditional in-house services for the most able, through Direct Payments and Shared Lives carers; who support people with learning disabilities in their homes and give them the support they need in a family environment.
Demographic trends show us that demand for services is changing due to the increased needs of people using our services. Feedback from carers and young people with learning disabilities has shown that current services do not meet their expectations or meet current and future needs, and as a result they are choosing alternatives. It is planned that these proposals will increase choice for the most able people and ensure the Council continues to meet the needs of people with complex disabilities.Read the final report
16th May 2011 – a decision was made by members and the plans have now been agreed