Wednesday 30 July 2014
Winterbourne and Addenbrookes
I'm up in Cambridge this afternoon with my colleagues from ACEVO, working with the third sector in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough to develop a consortium to provide a joined up service on the elderly and people with long term conditions (LTC). We will be working with the health service here. Its exciting work and an example of our sector joining up - not just locally but with specialist national charities in LTC.
We had our first meeting of the steering group on the Winterbourne pledge on Monday. A good session but we are still forming and working out our remit. We agreed we need to make our documents public so we will be putting up the membership, terms of reference and minutes on the NHS England website soon.
We're trying to co-commission a national framework locally delivered that can help ensure better outcomes for people with learning disabilities. And that means moving from an institutional approach to community; from officials to users.
And as I said in my last blog, it is good to have Gavin Harding on our group (he is the co-chair of the new Department of Health assurance group). We discussed how best to ensure effective involvement of people with learning disabilities. Given that we must deliver our report in October it's crucial to have these conversations now.
I was talking to the local government group on learning disabilities "Finding Common Purpose" this morning on all this. Councils are key partners here, especially in commissioning. There is a new opportunity here with the NHS England steering group. And the stories told in the comments on my Blog on Monday put these matters in context; they’re about people in their communities who need a better deal.