Thousands of trained learning disability carers needed

At least 10,000 extra staff will need to be recruited and trained if plans to move people with learning disabilities from institutions to community-based care are to succeed.

This is one of the key findings of Sir Stephen Bubb, head of the Association of Chief Executives of Voluntary Organisations, in his follow-up report on plans to reform support for this vulnerable group.

The closure of institutions and ramping up of community provision was one of the main recommendations from Sir Stephen’s original investigation into abuses at the Winterbourne View care home.

NHS England has committed to making this happen through the Transforming Care programme, with a target if halving the number of inpatient beds by 2019.

But in his report, published today, Sir Stephen warned that the task of reforming services was much more challenging than first thought…


Full article at Nursing Times.