CQC State of Care report

This report from CQC, which has a welcome focus on services for people with a learning disability and/or autism, simply confirms what is widely known. Families who contact the CBF continue to report a lack of appropriate community support, a lack of access to the right support in the right place at the right time - and poor quality services, including issues around staffing levels, and staff skills and knowledge. Every inadequate service has people in it, and poor quality support results in harm to those individuals. We have asked the Department of Health and Social Care what they are doing to keep those individuals safe and ensure they have the support they need and have a right to.


These issues are well known and documented – the “perfect storm” CQC describes for people with learning disability and/or autism is the result of the lack of a strategic, joined up plan for support and services across education, health and social care that Transforming Care has failed to deliver.


We know it is possible to deliver the right support in the right place at the right time – in some areas this happens – but it is not happening enough.  CQC must use its influence to address key parts of the system, including better commissioning, by pressing for a coherent and resourced cross Government approach with people with lived experience at its heart that delivers good outcomes for children and adults with learning disabilities and their families, rather than the current scattergun approach to activities, groups and reviews.


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