Further plans for learning disability services in Staffordshire to be discussed

Monday, 14th October 2019

MORE plans have been revealed that will support adults with a learning disability or autism to thrive in their communities.

After acting on feedback from residents and their families and carers, Staffordshire County Council is pledging to help people lead as full and independent lives for as long as possible.

The plans come after previous recommendations for other parts of the learning disability service were given the go-ahead by the county council’s cabinet last month.

The new plans include:

  • The relocation and direct provision of respite care in Newcastle,
  • An external provider to provide respite care in Cannock and East Staffordshire
  • The relocation and direct provision of residential care in Lichfield

The changes follow extensive consultation with service users and their families and are designed to ensure they can continue to meet the assessed needs of current and future users.

Recommendations regarding day opportunities for people with complex needs, and supported living services were previously agreed at cabinet on September 18.

Staffordshire County Council offices - learning disability plans

The latest options will be scrutinised by the county council’s Cabinet meeting on October 16

County Councillor Alan White, Cabinet Member for Health, Care and Wellbeing said: “Redesigning our services for adults with a learning disability to ensure they can continue to meet the needs of local people is a huge task. We are clear in our goals that the services need to help people lead as full and independent lives as possible, for as long as possible, and these recommendations are the latest step to achieving this.

“The way we support people in the future needs to be about ability and focussing on what people can do, rather than what they can’t. That way, we can build on people’s strengths, give them the right support at the right time, and help them maintain their independence.”

The latest options will be scrutinised by the county council’s Cabinet meeting on October 16.

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