“Redesigning our services for adults with a learning disability to ensure they can continue to meet the needs of local people is a huge task. We are clear in our goals that the services need to help people lead as full and independent lives as possible, for as long as possible, and these recommendations are the latest step to achieving this.
The way we support people in the future needs to be about ability and focussing on what people can do, rather than what they can’t. That way, we can build on people’s strengths, give them the right support at the right time, and help them maintain their independence.”
Alan White, Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Health, Care and Wellbeing
Reasons for the Decision – In June 2019, Cabinet requested that proposals for the future of services directly provided by the Council for adults with a learning disability and/or autism be developed and evaluated.
Decision – (a) That the direct provision of residential replacement care in Newcastle-under-Lyme; providing 10 beds for countywide use, be continued.
(b) That the relocation, and subsequent refurbishment, of directly provided residential replacement care in Newcastle-under-Lyme to Wilmott Drive (alongside the Specialist Day Opportunities Service) be approved in principle subject to the assumptions and values specified in paragraph 34 and Table 12 of the report not significantly changing.
(c) That the commissioning of residential replacement care services in Cannock and East Staffordshire from the independent market for countywide use in line with the capacity described in paragraph 29 of the report be approved.
(d) That authority be delegated to the Director of Health and Care, in consultation with Cabinet Member for Health, Care and Wellbeing, to award a contract for residential replacement care in Cannock and East Staffordshire following an appropriate competitive procurement process, up to a total value of £4.5m.
(e) That authority be delegated to the Cabinet Member for Health, Care and Wellbeing to approve a residential replacement care policy to ensure that the basis for access is clear and equitable and that block booked capacity is maximised.
(f) That the continued direct provision of residential care in Lichfield; providing 15 beds for countywide use be approved.
(g) That the relocation, and subsequent redevelopment, of directly provided residential care in Lichfield to the Scotch Orchard site be approved in principle subject to the assumptions and values specified in paragraph 61 and Table 13 to the report not significantly changing.
(h) That the recommendation for the required refurbishment and redevelopment works for directly provided residential replacement and residential care services be approved.
(i) That delegated authority be given to the Director of Corporate Services, in consultation with the Cabinet Member for Commercial, to enter into development contracts, subject to final sign-off of the business case by the County Treasurer.
(j) That consultation with staff and recognised Trade Unions on changes for directly provided services, as appropriate, be approved.