Back in January 2017 Skills for Care completed an analysis of the National Minimum Data set for social care on behalf of Health Education England .The data was for the adult social care workforce supporting people with learning disabilities and/or autism across the whole of the South of England.
In February of this year colleagues from the Strategic Workforce Planners team here at Health Education England started to pull together a similar data set for NHS employed staff working across the same regional foot print and a similar workforce. We have used the word “similar” as the data does not identify which group the NHS providers are commissioned to work with i.e. the adult workforce or the child workforce. This is the first time that this regional data has been pulled together in this way.
Find out more here.
A new report outlines the challenges and solutions to moving people with learning disabilities, autism and/or mental health conditions out of long-stay inpatient care.
The report from VODG (Voluntary Organisations Disability Group), Transforming care – the challenges and solutions, addresses NHS England’s policy ambition to enable people to move from inpatient settings, closer to their homes.
The findings are based on the work of VODG’s Provider Taskforce, which is a group of organisations that are collectively responding to the transforming care agenda. The pilot project described in the new report set out to develop support assessment and proposals for 27 people originally from London who had been in inpatient settings for longer than five years.
The report is not a formal evaluation of that work, but offers insights into delivering NHS England’s policy ambition both in London as well as nationally. It also sets out recommendations for more strategic future steps.
Access the report here.
Do you know whether the people you support eat a healthy diet? Do they drink enough?
This week (21 to 25 May) a group of VODG members and some of the people they support will be piloting an audit tool designed to measure the nutritional value of people’s food and drink. Participants will record everything a person eats and drinks on any one weekday.
The data will be analysed by Professor Chris Hatton and colleagues at the University of Lancaster. Each organisation will receive overall feedback on people’s nutritional intake compared with national recommendations on eating healthily and achieving a balanced diet.
Find out more here.
Autism is not a mental health condition, but many autistic people develop separate mental health problems. Often this can stem from a lack of appropriate support, which means that autistic people can develop more significant needs.
The NAS have developed information for families on what to do if their autistic family member is at risk or has been admitted to or discharged from a mental health hospital.
Access the information here.
Health Education England Intellectual Disability programme working across the south of England (formally Kent, Surrey and Sussex) works by supporting the whole workforce (including people and their families) to carry out small co-produced innovative pilot projects to overcome workforce issues that they highlight.
All outcomes from any funded work including toolkits, evaluations are then made freely available to all.
A recent publication is from work carried out by the International Care Ethics Observatory led by Professor Ann Gallagher title “End of Life Care Planning for Young People with Learning Disabilities and their Families: the ADVANCE Framework”.
Professor Ann Gallagher has written a blog summarising the project: https://idhekss.wordpress.com/2018/05/21/blog-launch-end-of-life-care-planning-for-young-people-with-learning-disabilities-and-their-families-the-advance-framework/
It had been highlighted across the region that though there was quite a bit of evidence linked to Adult & Children but there were little to no evidenced that looked at what good might look like for people during transition and on an EoLC pathway. We hope that this helps further develop evidence the base to support positive practice in this area.
We would be really grateful if you would be happy to share this work with your own organisations, mailing lists of groups you chair or are part of, and any social media forums that you participate in.
A tool is only useful if it is known about an if it can be shared with any many people that might need it.
A links to the resources and evaluations can be found at: https://idhekss.wordpress.com/reports/id-hee-project-reports/#6
There are about 40 pilot projects we are currently supporting most of them have been summarised on our updated page if you want to find out what else we are doing: https://idhekss.wordpress.com/updates/