Government publishes proposals in response to events at Winterbourne View

DH winterbourne final report

The final report into the events at Winterbourne View Hospital was published on Monday (10.12.12) and sets out a programme of action which aims to ensure that people no longer have to live in hospitals, but receive support in line with best practice.


Key outcomes in the Government’s programme include:

  • Proposals to strengthen accountability of boards of directors and senior managers for the safety and quality of care which their organisations provide
  • Review of current placements for everyone in hospital inappropriately, enabling a move to community-based support by June 2014
  • Development of local joint plans to ensure high quality care and support services for all people with learning disabilities or autism and mental health conditions or behaviour described as challenging, in line with best practice
  • Dramatic reductions in hospital placements Strengthening of Care Quality Commission inspections and regulation of hospitals and care homes
  • Creation of a new NHS and local government-led joint improvement team will be to lead and support the transformation

There is a concordat signed by over 50 partners which sets out what each partner is going to do and the government is committed to publishing a progress report by December 2013.

Read the full report here:Transforming care: A national response to Winterbourne View Hospital Final Report, Department of Health

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After qualifying as a social worker, John worked in community learning disability teams before getting involved in a number of long-stay hospital closure programmes, working to develop individual plans for people moving into their own homes. He worked for BILD, helping to develop the Quality Network and was editorial lead for the NHS electronic library learning disabilities specialist collection. This led him to found the Learning Disabilities Elf site with Andre Tomlin as a way of making the evidence accessible to practitioners in health and social care. Most recently he has worked as part of Mencap's national quality team and also been involved in a number of national website developments, including the General Medical Council's learning disabilities site.

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