Transforming Care

Transforming Care - From Review to Concordat to Building The Right Support

Following the Scandal at Winterbourne View the government set out a timetable of action in its report: Transforming Care: A National Response to Winterbourne View Hospital

This first post Winterbourne Report was published in 2012. As part of its programme of action the report set out a number of objectives the intention of which was to make it impossible for anything like Winterbourne View to ever happen again. These included pledges to:

  • Provide the right care in the right place
  • Strengthen Accountability and corporate responsibility for the quality of care
  • Tighten the regulation and inspection of providers
  • Improve quality and safety
  • Monitor and report on progress

To further ensure that the objectives were met a concordat was drafted by the Department of Health, supported by a broad range of stakeholders and set a target of June 2014 for a transformation of services and an improvemnt in the quality of care provided to people with challenging behaviour. It went on to state:

There are no excuses for local health and care commissioners failing to come together to commission and design the services which will enable most people to live safely with support in their communities and prevent unnecessary admissions to hospital. There are no excuses for continuing to commission the wrong model of care

Transforming Care p11-12

Needless to say there were excuses and the 2014 deadline was missed and more investigations and reports were conducted until in 2015 the government launched Building the Right Support, which it described as: 

A national plan to develop community services and close inpatient facilities for people with a learning disability and/or autism who display behaviour that challenges, including those with a mental health condition.