Autism and Learning Disability

Department of Health and Social Care written question – answered on 2nd July 2021.

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Photo of Barbara Keeley Barbara Keeley Labour, Worsley and Eccles South

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department is taking to ensure that (a) suitable housing, (b) suitable social care providers and (c) robust community teams are being provided to support people with learning disabilities and prevent admission to inpatient units.

Photo of Barbara Keeley Barbara Keeley Labour, Worsley and Eccles South

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to make adequate funding available to ensure there are (a) suitable social care providers and (b) robust community teams in every local area for people with learning disabilities to prevent admission to inpatient units.

Photo of Helen Whately Helen Whately Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)

Since 2015, NHS England and NHS Improvement have delivered a dedicated capital programme to support the development of short and long term accommodation in the community for people with a learning disability and autistic people leaving mental health inpatient care or at risk of being admitted. National and regional housing leads also provide guidance and support to local systems to develop strategic housing plans, embed strong relationships between commissioners and local housing partners and share best practice. NHS England is working with the National Development Team for Inclusion and the Local Government Association to help local systems develop and sustain small, bespoke providers who can support the people with the most complex needs in their own home.

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