4th October 2011

The Challenging Behaviour – National Strategy Group (CB-NSG) meeting on the 4th October 2011 focussed on the human rights of individuals with learning disabilities and challenging behaviour. It was the first chance to discuss these issues since the BBC Panorama documentary “Undercover care: the abuse exposed” had revealed the ill-treatment of individuals at Winterbourne view.

David BehanThe meeting began with David Behan (Director General for Social Care, Department of Health) providing details of the Department of Health review following Winterbourne View. Dame Jo Williams (Care Quality Commission) then spoke about the CQC’s ongoing review of 150 learning disability services, as a reaction to the Panorama documentary.

Andy Bradley (Frameworks 4 Change) screened a trailer for a new film Everybody Mattersto be produced to raise awareness and to urge authorities to provide the support and services needed. Vivien Cooper (CBF) and Rob Greig (NDTi) led a discussion on the “Caring for Our Future” consultation and agreed aresponse from the CB-NSG. Karyn Kirkpatrick (Housing Options) & Jo Poynter (SE Strategic Health Authority) led a group outlining housing and Mental Health Act issues that have been identified in the wake of the Panorama documentary to add to “Time for Action” and to feed into the Department of Health review.

Following this, Angela Robinson (Family carer) gave a family’s perspective on moving from institutional care to supported living. Liz Bruce (ADASS Policy Network) then talked about the priorities in providing good quality care for individuals with challenging behaviour.

well matched skilled staffDr Sarah Bernard (Maudsley Hospital) & Dr Peter Baker (Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust) launched 2 new resources for commissioners

Sophy Miles (Miles & Partners) then gave a talk on the legal rights of individuals with learning disabilities and Amanda Platts (Co-chair, National Forum) discussed the importance of including people with learning disabilities and explained the work the national forum have done with the CQC.

3 action planning groups took place simultaneously:

  • The Campaign Subgroup
  • Time for action: Commissioning, Supporting staff & Checking services 
  • Time for action: Human rights, Good care companies & Visitors and advocates.

Finally, Stephen Davidson (Tizard Centre, University of Kent) presented a study on the role of Intensive Support Teams and encouraged participation and Geoff Baines (SW Strategic Health Authority) spoke about NHS Commissioning after Winterbourne View and the actions taken.


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