The Building the Right Support team is looking to transform services for children, young people and adults across Derby and Derbyshire. The local vision for services involves a shift in power: people with a learning disability and/or autism are citizens with rights, who should expect to lead happy, safe, active lives in the community and live in their own homes just as other citizens expect to. The aim is to build the right community-based services to support people, thereby enabling the closure of all but essential inpatient provision.

Overview

The Building the Right Support team is seeking to improve care and support for children, young people and adults who have learning difficulties and/or autism across Derby and Derbyshire.

Estimates of people with a learning disability for Derby and Derbyshire are slightly more than 2% of the population, which is approximately four times the proportion of the population who are known to services. It is estimated that there are 15,250 people in Derbyshire and 4,950 people in Derby with a learning disability (people with mild to severe learning disability).

It is estimated that 1% of the population have autism. Research has identified between 44% and 52% of people with autism may have a learning disability and between 48% and 56% do not have a learning disability. Data from GPs in Derby and Derbyshire show there are 3,358 people with autism (who have no learning disability).

The team has a broad remit which has included working as part of the local Transforming Care Partnership, now in its final year as a formal programme but with a remit that is set to continue beyond March 2019.

Building the Right Support

Derbyshire has been home to one of the 48 Transforming Care Partnerships that were set up across the country. This partnership brought together clinical commissioning groups and local authorities to work with people with a learning disability, autism or both and their families and carers to agree and deliver local plans for the programme.

Following on from this, Building the Right Support for people with learning disabilities and/or autism is about improving health and care services so that more people can live in the community, with the right support, and close to home.

Further information from NHS England plan, Building the Right Support, published in October 2015.

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