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Sir Stephen Bubb to chair new NHS England group to address lack of progress following Winterbourne View

It’s been announced that Sir Stephen Bubb will chair an NHS England group to address the lack of progress following Winterbourne View. On Friday Vivien Cooper CEO of the Challenging Behaviour Foundation was invited to be a member of that group which is currently in the process of being set up.

At this very early stage of the project we have been asked to help Sir Stephen to identify families and people with learning disabilities with lived experience relevant to the programme. Stephen will be writing to these individuals over the next few days.

Vivien Cooper commented:

“The group has been set up because of the lack of progress so far. I have accepted the invitation to be on the group and see my role as ensuring that people with learning disabilities and families are at the heart of the work, and also to make connections with others who have essential contributions to make.  It is fundamentally important that the voices of people with learning disabilities and families are engaged in the work in a range of ways.

 “Like many others, I have raised the question about how this group links to the Joint Improvement work and the Learning Disability Programme Board and we look forward to receiving clarification about this.

"It is essential that this new group prioritises the co-production of an overarching plan that addresses all of the issues concurrently.

“I hope that this group will be an opportunity to address the lack of progress so far and to overcome the significant barriers. We know what needs to be done, and we get it right for some people– it cannot be beyond us to all to work together to deliver the outcomes we want to see.”

For more information contact Catryn Ladd on 01634 838 739 or Catryn.Ladd@thecbf.org.uk

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