We are a member of the Norfolk and Waveney Transforming Care Partnership, which aims to develop the care and support available for people with learning disabilities, autism and challenging behaviour in the area over the next 3 years.
The partnership consists of:
- People with learning disabilities, their carers and family members
- Commissioners of health and social care – Norfolk County Council and the 5 NHS Clinical Commissioning Groups in Norfolk, Great Yarmouth and Waveney
- Statutory and independent providers of services for people with learning disabilities
- Voluntary sector and support organisations
- Statutory sector stakeholders from Housing and Planning, Education and the Ministry of Justice
- NHS England, Local Government Association and Association of Directors of Adult Social Services
The aim of the partnership is to change services in a way that makes a real difference to the lives of local people. This includes making community services better so that people can live near their family and friends, and making sure that the right staff with the right skills are supporting people.
In 2018-19, a transition facility in the community has been commissioned which will allow care providers to assess people discharged from hospitals in a community, rather than a hospital, setting. This will also support discharged patients to prepare for community provision through social and health care support.
Experts by Experience
To ensure that the voice of people with learning disabilities is at the core of the Transforming Care Partnership, an 'Experts by Experience' Panel meets monthly to discuss the priorities and progress of Transforming Care, and share experiences of inpatient care and living in the community, and designing how more people with learning disabilities can be involved in the Partnership going forward.
The group is led by people with lived experience of accessing learning disability services, and is supported by Opening Doors, a Norfolk-based advocacy organisation for people with disabilities.
Stopping over-medication of people with a learning disability, autism or both (STOMP)
Norfolk and Waveney's Transforming Care Partnership programme is leading the local delivery of the STOMP campaign, which stands for 'stopping over-medication of people with a learning disability, autism or both with psychotropic medicines'.
It is a national project involving many different organisations which are helping to stop the over use of these medicines. STOMP is about helping people to stay well and have a good quality of life.
Norfolk and Waveney's Sustainability and Transformation Partnership has worked with Ricky and Andy, local 'Experts by Experience', to talk to communities and professionals about the importance of STOMP.