Sir Stephen Bubb, author of the “Winterbourne View: Time for Change” (2014) report, has recommended that the role of a Learning Disabilities Commissioner is required to promote and protect the rights of people with learning disabilities in England.
People with learning disabilities ‘need commissioner’. London: BBC Health News, February 22nd 2016.
This relates to:
Time for Change: the Challenge Ahead. [A report by the Transforming Care and Commissioning Steering Group, chaired by Sir Stephen Bubb. 2016]. London: ACEVO Transforming Care and Commissioning Steering Group, February 18th 2016.
More Specialist Learning Disability Nurses
Health Education England (HEE) recently unveiled plans for an increase of around 5,700 specialist learning disability nurses, both for NHS providers and non-NHS providers, by 2020.
Commissioning and Investment Plan for 2016/17. London: Health Education England, December 23rd 2015.
Health Inequalities in Autism
People with autism tend to die earlier than the general population by an average of 16 years, according to Swedish researchers.
Howell, D. (2016). People with autism ‘die younger’, warns charity. London: BBC Health News, March 18th 2016.
April 2016 Update
Clegg, R. (2016). Call for action over ‘hospitals seen as homes’. London: BBC Health News, April 15th 2016.
The evidence base:
Thompson, C. (2016). Learning Disability Census Report: England. 30 September 2015 experimental statistics. London: Community and Mental Health Team: Health and Social Care Information Centre, December 15th 2015.
A £25 million housing and technology fund helps people with learning disabilities to live more independently in their own homes:
Help for people with learning disabilities to live independently. [Online]: Department of Health, September 15th 2016.
Subsequently, the successful bids:
Funds to improve housing for people with learning disabilities. [Online]: Department of Health, December 20th 2016.
Possible Unintended Consequences of National Minimum Wage Rules
Mencap has warned that vulnerable people with learning difficulties could lose overnight supervision.
Bloch-Budzier, S. (2017). Pay row threatens overnight care for vulnerable. London: BBC Health News, July 19th 2017.
Pym, H. (2017). Overnight carer back pay scheme ‘unaffordable’. London: BBC Health News, November 2nd 2017.
The Court of Appeal has ruled that care providers have no liability for back pay:
Mencap wins ‘unaffordable’ overnight back pay appeal. London: BBC Health News, July 13th 2018.
April 2019 Update
The NHS target to reduce the number of people with learning disabilities treated in long-stay hospitals has been missed; leaving over 2,200 in-patients remaining in England.
People with learning disabilities ‘trapped’ in hospitals as target missed. London: BBC Health News, April 18th 2019.