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Count me in: results of the 2006 national census of inpatients in mental health and learning disability services in England and Wales

Author:
HEALTHCARE COMMISSION
Publisher:
Healthcare Commission
Publication year:
2007
Pagination:
72p., tables
Place of publication:
London

The Count Me In census 2006 was a joint initiative by the Healthcare Commission, the Mental Health Act Commission and the National Institute for Mental Health in England. It aimed to provide accurate figures on the numbers of inpatients in mental health and learning disability services in England and Wales. This report presents the key findings from the census.

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Investigation into the service for people with learning disabilities provided by Sutton and Merton Primary Care Trust: summary

Author:
HEALTHCARE COMMISSION
Publisher:
Healthcare Commission
Publication year:
2007
Pagination:
12p.
Place of publication:
London

This report details how outmoded, institutionalised care had led to the neglect of people with learning disabilities at Sutton and Merton Primary Care Trust. The report described some of the environments in which people lived as impoverished and completely unsatisfactory. Staff were not properly trained or supported to provide an acceptable level of care, and inadequate levels of staff meant that people were often left day in day out with little to occupy their time. There were failures in management and leadership at all levels, from managers to the trusts board.

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Investigation into the service for people with learning disabilities provided by Sutton and Merton Primary Care Trust

Author:
HEALTHCARE COMMISSION
Publisher:
Healthcare Commission
Publication year:
2007
Pagination:
100p.
Place of publication:
London

This report details how outmoded, institutionalised care had led to the neglect of people with learning disabilities at Sutton and Merton Primary Care Trust. The report described some of the environments in which people lived as impoverished and completely unsatisfactory. Staff were not properly trained or supported to provide an acceptable level of care, and inadequate levels of staff meant that people were often left day in day out with little to occupy their time. There were failures in management and leadership at all levels, from managers to the trusts board.

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Services for young people and adolescents: supplementary report to the national audit of specialist inpatient healthcare services for people with learning difficulties in England

Author:
HEALTHCARE COMMISSION
Publisher:
Healthcare Commission
Publication year:
2008
Pagination:
22p.
Place of publication:
London

Part of the material produced by the Healthcare Commission to support the findings from the national audit of specialist inpatient healthcare services for people with learning difficulties in England, this report provides details on the findings relating specifically to services for young people and adolescents. It is intended to be read alongside the full report of the audit, 'A Life Like No Other'. The exercise identified eight specialist inpatient healthcare services for adolescents across England, and as part of the audit six of these were visited. This report sets out the findings in the following areas: number and type of services; peer review visits; my needs; my choices; my day; my rights; me, and others; my wellbeing; staff; monitoring services; commissioning issues. Conclusions and recommendations are then summarised. It concludes that, from the evidence in the audit, young people in specialist services for adolescents are generally safe and protected from abuse, have their health needs met overall, and are well supported by staff, who receive the mandatory training they need to help young people. It discusses the findings and issues raised, and describes proposed next steps.

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Commissioning services and support for people with learning disabilities and complex needs: national report of joint review

Authors:
COMMISSION FOR SOCIAL CARE INSPECTION, HEALTHCARE COMMISSION, MENTAL HEALTH ACT COMMISSION
Publisher:
Commission for Social Care Inspection; Healthcare Commission; Mental Health Act Commission
Publication year:
2009
Pagination:
60p.
Place of publication:
London

In 2008, the Commission for Social Care Inspection, the Healthcare Commission and the Mental Health Act Commission worked together in nine areas of England to see how well people with learning disabilities and complex needs were being supported by local services. This report gives the findings from these nine reviews.

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The commissioning of services and support for people with learning disabilities and complex needs: assessment framework

Authors:
COMMISSION FOR SOCIAL CARE INSPECTION, HEALTHCARE COMMISSION, MENTAL HEALTH ACT COMMISSION
Publisher:
Commission for Social Care Inspection; Healthcare Commission; Mental Health Act Commission
Publication year:
2008
Pagination:
10p.
Place of publication:
London

This document provides an assessment framework for the review of commissioning practices across health and social care for people with learning disabilities and complex needs. Sections in the framework include: putting people at the centre of commissioning; sharing and using information more effectively, assuring high quality providers for all services, and developing incentives for commissioning health and well-being. Note: The Mental Health Act Commission was abolished in March 2009.

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A life like no other: a national audit of specialist inpatient healthcare services for people with learning difficulties in England

Author:
HEALTHCARE COMMISSION
Publisher:
Healthcare Commission
Publication year:
2007
Pagination:
88p.
Place of publication:
London

The Healthcare Commission (HC), in its first audit of specialist inpatient healthcare services for people with learning difficulties, argues that sweeping and sustained changes are needed if they are to meet the standards expected in the 21st century. The audit covered 72 NHS trusts and 17 independent organisations providing 638 individual services. The services support more than 4,000 people with learning difficulties. Each service typically supports six to 12 people. The HC carried out inspections at 154 services covering 68 of the 89 organisations.

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A life like no other: a national audit of specialist inpatient healthcare services for people with learning difficulties in England: easy read summary

Author:
HEALTHCARE COMMISSION
Publisher:
Healthcare Commission
Publication year:
2007
Pagination:
24p.
Place of publication:
London

Easy read version of the main results  of the Healthcare Commission (HC), in its first audit of specialist inpatient healthcare services for people with learning difficulties. There must  be sweeping and sustained changes are needed if the services are to meet the standards expected in the 21st century.

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Joint investigation into the provision of services for people with learning disabilities at Cornwall Partnership NHS Trust

Authors:
HEALTHCARE COMMISSION, COMMISSION FOR SOCIAL CARE INSPECTION
Publisher:
Healthcare Commission
Publication year:
2006
Pagination:
76p.
Place of publication:
London

The report details the findings of a joint investigation into services for people with learning disabilities at Cornwall Partnership NHS Trust. The services investigated were the Budock Hospital near Falmouth, which is a treatment centre for 18 inpatients.  The investigation also looked at two other treatment centres, 4 children’s units and 46 houses occupied by groups of up to four people with learning disabilities. The report describes many years of abusive practices at the trust and the failure of senior trust executives to tackle this. Examples of abuse included physical abuse and misuse of people’s money. Investigators found evidence of institutional abuse including some staff hitting, pushing, and dragging people. Some staff were also reported to have withheld food and given people cold showers. The investigation team also found an over-reliance on medication to control behaviour, as well as illegal and prolonged use of restraint.

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Joint investigation into services for people with learning disabilities at Cornwall Partnership NHS Trust: easy read executive summary

Author:
HEALTHCARE COMMISSION
Publisher:
Healthcare Commission
Publication year:
2006
Pagination:
14p.
Place of publication:
London

The report details the findings of a joint investigation into services for people with learning disabilities at Cornwall Partnership NHS Trust. The services investigated were the Budock Hospital near Falmouth, which is a treatment centre for 18 inpatients.  The investigation also looked at two other treatment centres, 4 children’s units and 46 houses occupied by groups of up to four people with learning disabilities. The report describes many years of abusive practices at the trust and the failure of senior trust executives to tackle this. Examples of abuse included physical abuse and misuse of people’s money. Investigators found evidence of institutional abuse including some staff hitting, pushing, and dragging people. Some staff were also reported to have withheld food and given people cold showers. The investigation team also found an over-reliance on medication to control behaviour, as well as illegal and prolonged use of restraint.

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