New Learning Disabilities service to launch in Wiltshire

A new modern purpose built service for individuals with complex learning disabilities and challenging behaviour has moved a step closer for NHS Wiltshire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and Avon and Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust (AWP). Work has commenced on the new building in Devizes which includes accommodation for up to 9 people and means that Wiltshire will be able to provide appropriate care for individuals specialist needs close to home and near their families.

The new service will open in the summer of 2016 and will be located on land within Green Lane Hospital, Devizes.  Plans for the building will be on display within Devizes Library from Monday 12th October until Monday 19th October.

Deborah Fielding, Accountable Officer of Wiltshire CCG, said

“We are delighted to be able to bring Wiltshire patients back to the county and provide them with a specialised service totally designed to enable them to live a fulfilled and meaningful life within a community setting.

Wiltshire CCG is committed to provide the right care for individuals closer to their family and in a care setting that provides the highest quality of service suitable to their specific needs.”

This new service allows for Individuals to live within a home setting and each living area will be fully equipped with a kitchen, en-suite and lounge allowing independent living and self-management – providing them with a ‘home from home’.

Jane Anderson, AWP’s clinical lead for specialised services, says that the new accommodation will provide a safe and supportive environment.

“For some people with complex learning disabilities, living at home is not always an option as they can require specialised care in the right setting. The new service has been designed to create a home for them which, while equipped and staffed to meet their needs, will feel as far from a clinical unit as possible.”

Dina McAlpine, Director of Quality for Wiltshire Clinical Commissioning Group, added:

“This innovative service aims to provide individualised care and support for Wiltshire residents who have a complex learning disability with a mental health condition or display behaviours that challenge. This is a local residential setting which will encourage individuals to maintain their family relationships, build a fulfilled life through participation in the community and access mainstream services when required to ensure that their health and social care needs are met. The experience of individuals will be used to inform the development of the service and to imbed a culture which is positive and which promotes an approach of continuous improvement.”

The new service will provide an enhanced quality of life for individuals and their care will be planned, proactive and coordinated with their involvement so that they have choice and control over how their care needs are met – putting them at the centre of everything we do.