Source: NICE

NICE recently published a new guideline that states care for young people and adults with learning disabilities, who have behaviour that challenges, should be able to access the right support to live their life within their community, just like everyone else. This means that care should be close to home wherever possible.

Jonathan Senker, Chief Executive of VoiceAbility and Chair of the NICE guideline committee, said:

“We want people with learning disabilities and behaviour that challenges to get support to live their own life, not just to get a service. This new guideline is designed to help local authorities, the NHS and service providers work alongside people and their families to deliver well-designed support that meets their needs. It aims to improve community support for people with learning disabilities and behaviour that challenges so that people don’t need to move unnecessarily or live in institutional services.”

Recent changes within Hertfordshire’s Joint Commissioning teams have recognised the need to provide more focus on the needs of adults with disabilities. Working with service users and their families there will be a new Commissioning strategy published later in 2018 and in line with NICE guidance the team is looking at how to support more people with a range of support needs to live locally.

Ruth Harrington, Head of the new Community Commissioning Adult Disabilities team commented:

“Despite the challenging financial environment we are all operating in, the recent changes and the projects we have planned prove that Hertfordshire is committed to improving the way we support people with disabilities to live and thrive in their own communities not just ‘access services.”

To read the full article from NICE, and to access the guideline, please visit the NICE website