CHANGE has been asked by the Department of Health to look at improving people's lives as they move from hospital back to the community. Working with people with learning disabilities, community learning disability teams, and community organisations, we will support discharge and community teams to create inclusive and accessible care plans to integrate people with learning disabilities into their local communities.
This will be completed by reviewing the use of the Independence Pack which aims to prepare patients for leaving inpatient units. The findings will then be fed back to The Department of Health. Could you help us?
- A questionnaire for people who have left Assessment and Treatment Units
- A look at our questionnaire for anyone with a learning disability or autism to tell us what is important when they live in the community
- Or submit a video and tell us what’s important for you when living in the community
We are asking any health and social care professionals who have used the pack to complete a questionnaire – this will help us improve the pack, develop training and allow us to recommend a care pathway to the Department of Health.
South West Yorkshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust are already using the Independence Pack with patients leaving the Horizon Centre to find out what works well and to see how the pack can help the process.
Ultimately we would like Health Professionals listen to people with learning disabilities and have better processes. There are therefore three outcomes for this project:
1. Better communication with people with learning disabilities
2. Understanding what's important for people with learning disabilities in the community
3. Better processes to move people back into the community