What was the issue you were addressing or working on?
Integrated management and resourcing across CHCP for the provision of social and specialist health care for people with learning disabilities. Developing services in line with “The Same As You?” and subsequent “Keys to Life” strategies in terms of joined-up, person-centred and community-based supports and services for people with learning disabilities. Strategic fit with partnership agency approaches, e.g., NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde service modernisation programme and East Renfrewshire Partnership in Practice and Learning Disability Strategy.
What you did?
An integrated team across health and social care was created with a single management structure and pooled resources. The team is co-located within Learning Disability Centre. This has created a single point of access for people with learning disabilities and their carers and supported an holisitic, person-centred approach to assessing and providing care and support.
Scoping of resources, pooling of resources and co-location of staff in learning disability centre. Consultation with stakeholders through events, 1:1 conversations, planning and commissioning groups. Resources from health and social care brought together to form an integrated learning disability team. All staff involved in delivery of the service working within single management structure within an integrated, multi-disciplinary health and social care team. ILDT located within learning disability centre.
What were the outcomes - benefits or otherwise?
- A single access point and integrated services for people with learning disabilities and their carers, enabling easy access to the right people with the right skills.
- Holistic health and social care assessment, care and support for people with learning disabilities and their carers.
- Promotion of greater independence, inclusion and control for people with learning disabilities through an integrated team working to a social model of disability, supporting people in mainstream settings.
- More effective and efficient use of resources.