There is a national policy to develop community based support packages for people with learning disabilities called ‘Transforming Care’. Many of the ideas in the ‘Transforming Care’ approach build on things that have been written in policies before.
The Transforming Care Programme has a focus, ‘to improve services for people with learning disabilities and/or autism, who display behaviour that challenges, including those with a mental health condition. This will drive system-wide change and enable more people to live in the community, with the right support, and close to home.’
In plain English, it means supporting people who would otherwise remain in care or in hospital, back into their local community.
Waymarks is particularly well placed to work with some of the people that the Transforming Care programme is all about. We started doing what we do before Transforming Care, national policy informs but does not define our approach. However we are clear that Transforming Care provides a real opportunity for many more people to benefit from the Waymarks support model.
We work with people who are typically in high cost NHS beds, many of whom do not have agreed plans in place to leave these beds. In addition to helping these people have better lives in the community, the Waymarks model can often help local authorities and health services save money.