The Head of Joint Commissioning and Learning Disability Services gave a short presentation setting out Croydon's Action Plan following the Winterbourne abuse enquiry.
On 31 May 2011 Panorama broadcast a program evidencing abuse of patients with a learning disability at Winterbourne View, a private hospital in South Gloucestershire. The abuses uncovered have led to criminal convictions and enquiries. In December 2012 the Department of Health produced a report Transforming Care: a national response to Winterbourne View Hospital'.
Following the report each Local Authority and Clinical Commissioning Group is required to have in place;
Systems and procedures in place to ensure that the type of abuses that occurred at Winterbourne will not be repeated.
Services for people with a Learning Disability who exhibit behaviours that challenge are expected to maintain high quality, safety, dignity, care and promote access to their local community.
The report presented to the Panel sets out the actions Croydon Services have taken in response to the Department of Health report.
The officer explained that there are 11 main local areas that actions and progress will be monitored:
1. Models of partnership
2. Understanding the money
3. Case management for individuals
4. Current Review Programme
6. Commissioning arrangements
7. Developing local teams and services
8. Prevention and crisis response capacity
9. Understanding the population who need/receive services
10. Children and adults - transition planning
11. Current and future market requirements and capacity
Following the presentation the Chair of the Panel congratulated the officers for their hard work.
Members of the Panel asked questions covering a number of aspects of the report and the presentation. These included; were there sufficient resources to carry out the plan, the assessment and treatment procedures, discharges from hospital and follow up care.
Following the discussion the Panel RESOLVED to note the report.