People with learning disabilities and / or autism in Hampshire will now be able to live more independently in their local community thanks to £1.2m funding from the NHS.
This is part of a programme known as Transforming Care Partnerships. This programme is about changing the way the NHS delivers and commissions services, so that more people with learning disabilities and / or autism can live in the community and closer to home.
The programme is a collaboration between the NHS, voluntary sector, local authorities, carers and people who have a learning disability and / or autism to deliver better outcomes for patients following the abuse identified at Winterbourne View.
The money will be used to buy and develop homes for people who have a learning disability and / or autism to help them learn to live on their own, to support their development and to address behaviour issues in a safe, and supportive environment, rather than people needing to be admitted to hospital.
Heather Hauschild, Senior Responsible Officer of the Transforming Care Partnership in Hampshire and the Isle of Wight, and Chief Officer of NHS West Hampshire CCG, said:
“The money we will receive, as a result of the hard work by colleagues across Hampshire, will be used to directly support people with learning disabilities.
“We want to make sure that more people in our area with a learning disability and / or autism are closer to home and out of a hospital setting. I know that other schemes are being taken forward across the country and I am really pleased to see real progress being made for our population in Hampshire.
“People with learning disabilities and/or autism should have the same opportunities for support in the community as anyone else. That’s why we are doing all we can to support this very important programme.”