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As part of the Transforming Care Programme, the Care and Treatment Review policy was first published in October 2015, with a refreshed Policy being published in March 2017.

Following the shocking abuse seen at Winterbourne View, a hospital for people with learning disabilities and autism, in 2011. People with learning disabilities, family carers, health and social care organisations came together to from the Transforming Care programme.

The Transforming Care programme aims to improve the lives of children, young people and adults with a learning disability and/or autism who display behaviours that challenge, including those with a mental health condition.

The programme has three key aims:

  • To improve quality of care for people with a learning disability and/or autism

  • To improve quality of life for people with a learning disability and/or autism

  • To enhance community ability and reducing the number of people going into hospital inappropriately and staying there too long.

“Building The Right Support” and “The National Service Model” were also published by NHS England and its partners in October 2015. The Service Model states that:

“Children, young people and adults with a learning disability and/or autism who display behaviour that challenges, including those with a mental health condition have the right to the same opportunities as anyone else to live satisfying and valued lives and, to be treated with the same dignity and respect. They should have a home within their community, be able to develop and maintain relationships and get the support they need to live a healthy, safe and fulfilling life.”

Care and Treatment Reviews are different from other reviews of peoples care. They are about making sure services put children and adults at the centre of their care. They are independent  from the person’s day to day care, and the review panel are made up of the commissioner and two independent  expert advisors - both clinical and experts by experience.

Care and Treatment review were introduced to help people in hospital ,to prevent unnecessary admissions into hospital and where people do need to go into hospital to support there being clearly specified intended treatment outcomes and a discharge plan.

Please see the following website for information about Care and Treatment Reviews: www.england.nhs.uk/learningdisabilities

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