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Helping support Derbyshire's most vulnerable people

Published: 11 September 2019

We're due to discuss helping some of Derbyshire’s most vulnerable people to live fulfilled and dignified lives.

Our cabinet member for adult care is being asked to approve a new specialist accommodation and support strategy designed to help reduce the number of people with complex needs in institutions.

Allied to the NHS’s Building the Right Support programme (formerly Transforming Care), the plan includes working with partners to offer the right kind of supported living for those with the most complex needs, plus community support for people who no longer need institutional accommodation.

Our cabinet member for adult care Councillor Jean Wharmby said supporting people to live as independently as possible was the right thing to do. She said:

“Keeping people in institutional settings is not the best way to look after our most vulnerable residents.

“By working with our partners to create the right type of suitable, well-located accommodation, plus expanding the kind of support people need in the community, we’ll be able to help people live as independently as possible, and where possible closer to their family and friends.”

Building the Right Support is a national NHS programme designed to improve services for people with learning disabilities and / or autism who display behaviour which is challenging and who may also suffer from different mental health conditions.

There are currently 43 Derbyshire patients within the Derbyshire Building the Right Support programme, plus 37 patients with long-term mental health conditions living in long-term rehabilitation units outside Derbyshire. The strategy will also support people with complex needs supervised by the probation service.

We have developed a 5-year strategy and action plan to create the right kind of support and accommodation.

Its key priorities are due to be discussed at the meeting of the Cabinet Member for Adult Care on Thursday, 19 September 2019. They include:

  • reducing the number of people placed in institutional and residential care outside Derbyshire
  • increasing the number of suitable, well-located and affordable housing across the county for all client groups with complex needs
  • developing step down / step-up / move on facilities
  • specially-designed accommodation to meet the needs of client groups

To ensure the strategy’s success, we will be working closely with partners in the borough and district councils and in health, including the Derby and Derbyshire Clinical Commissioning Group which commissions health services for Derbyshire residents.

Councillor Wharmby added:

“This is very much a joined-up approach and part of the integration of health and social care. It not only supports our strategic aims as an Enterprising Council, but it also underpins the Joined Up Care Derbyshire joint vision for health and social care.

“By working together, we’ll be better able to help people with complex needs to live as fulfilling and dignified lives as possible.”