Moves being made to improve the care of people with learning disabilities, by shifting services away from hospital care and towards community-based settings, have today been welcomed by SweetTree Home Care Services.

The new draft national framework is the latest piece of work to emerge from the Transforming Care for People with Learning Disabilities programme, which is a joint piece of work between the NHS England, the LGA, ADASS, the Care Quality Commission (CQC), Health Education England (HEE) and the Department of Health (DH).

The Service Model sets out nine overarching principles which define what ‘good’ services for people with learning disabilities and/or autism whose behaviour challenges should look like. These include ensuring access to activities and services that enable people with a learning disability and/or autism to lead a fulfilling, purposeful life and providing specialist multi-disciplinary support in the community.

Barry Sweetbaum, SweetTree managing director, commented: “As a leading provider of care for individuals with learning disabilities at home and in the community we believe these draft guidelines are a step in the right direction.

“Supporting individuals to live a fulfilling, meaningful life is at the core of the care we provide at SweetTree. We see on a daily basis the positive effect that care within a community-based setting can have and the importance of providing support that enables individuals to pursue their own interests, passions and dreams.”

To view the full draft guidelines please click here.

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