Getting it Right Toolkit for commissioners to support good practice in the light of Winterbourne View

getting things right

The abusive practices by staff  at Winterbourne View has led to a number of investigations, reports and recommendations, including serious case review.  The need for change in was set out in the Department of Health’s publication of the final report on Winterbourne view – ‘Transforming Care: A national response to Winterbourne View

In the West Midlands  the Association of Directors of Adult Social Services commissioned the development of a toolkit for commissioners to help ensure that the necessary changes were put into place.

The toolkit is in three sections:
1.    Commissioner tools to check on progress with reviews and in reducing the number of inappropriate placements

  • Joint Clinical Commissioning Groups and Local Authority monitoring tool for placements
  • NHS Area Team monitoring tool for placements
  • Commissioner Guidance: Checking quality of reviews and support plans

2.    Getting the right things in place for a high quality joint local plan

  • Clinical Commissioning Groups and Local Authority Commissioner Guide: Ensuring a high quality joint local plan in response to Winterbourne View
  • Guide for Local Boards: Ensuring a high quality joint local plan in response to Winterbourne View
  • Easy Read Guide for Learning Disability Partnership Boards
  • Developing a joint local plan and links to additional resources

3.    Examples of getting  things right in the West Midlands

Download the West Midlands toolkit here

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John Northfield

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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