Learning Disability and Autism transformation

Our vision is that people with learning disabilities and/or autism are enabled to have choice and control to be independent, healthy, and safe, with the same opportunities and outcomes in life as others.

To read our learning disability and autism report please click here.

What are we doing to transform these services?

  • Focusing on reducing our reliance on specialist inpatient beds
  • Working to tackle the challenges of long autism assessment waiting lists
  • Building community infrastructure
  • Increasing autism awareness in schools
  • Focusing on health inequalities and ensuring our workforce are supported and well trained
  • Working with Parent Carer Forums and Experts by Experience

How will we do this?

  • By working with system partners to offer a community approach that prevents escalation and supports people in their own homes
  • Ensuring coproduction becomes part of our business as usual

What has been done so far?

  • Increased training provision to support staff and build confidence
  • Improved access to annual health checks for all those with learning disabilities
  • The development of a Dynamic Support Register (for more information about this, keep scrolling) to help prevent unnecessary hospital admission of anyone with a diagnosis of a learning disability and/or autism
  • Launched a Keyworker service to support children and young people (0-25 years) who are on the Dynamic Support Register
  • Introduced a process to review the deaths of anyone who is autistic or who has a learning disability so we can ensure that all reasonable adjustments were made and to learn more about how best to care for people
  • Increased the Autism Forensic offer for those who have or may in future be at risk of coming into contact with the Criminal Justice System
  • Embedded Acute Liaison Nurses in acute hospitals
  • Made improvements to the sensory environment at the Redwoods Centre and provided additional sensory training for staff
  • Developed our all-age community support offer for autistic people, through the all-age autism hubs in Shropshire and Telford and Wrekin
  • Educational psychology group sessions commissioned to support up to 200 families in Telford

To find out more about some of the services developed as part of our transformation click on the boxes below.

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Page last updated 13 June 2023