“COVID-19 has highlighted the need for our services for adults with learning disabilities to change and adapt. The pandemic has had significant consequences for the way the services operate and has allowed us to innovate and find new ways of supporting people.
We need to ensure we can continue to meet the needs of adults with learning disabilities, and that the care we offer is sustainable in the long-term. People don’t want services, they want a life, and we will do everything we can to ensure they are able to access the support they need to fulfil this ambition.”
Johnny McMahon, Cabinet Member for Health, Care and Wellbeing
Reasons for the Decision – To review proposals for the future of adult learning disability services directly provided by Staffordshire County Council to ensure they will remain appropriate post COVID-19; and to consider proposals to develop a single integrated Adult Learning Disability service and extend the range of support offered for people in their homes and communities as well as continuing to provide care for people during the day and overnight, offering people a better experience.
Decision – (a) That the progress with commissioning of supported living services from the independent market to replace the residential service provided by the Council at Greenfields House in Staffordshire Moorlands and the care provided by the Council at Horninglow Bungalows in East Staffordshire be noted.
(b) That the progress of redevelopment of residential care in Lichfield be noted.
(c) That the progress of refurbishment of Wilmott Drive to provide residential replacement care alongside specialist day opportunities in Newcastle-under-Lyme be noted.
(d) That an options analysis be undertaken for future provision of residential replacement care in Staffordshire, with results being presented to Cabinet in the first quarter of 2021.
(e) That an extension to the current contractual arrangements for residential replacement care in Cannock and East Staffordshire with the current contracted provider be approved.
(f) That authority be delegated to the Director for Health and Social Care to extend the contractual arrangements for the provision of residential replacement care services.
(g) That the potential expansion of specialist day opportunities and residential replacement care to offer a greater range of support for people in their homes and communities as part of a single integrated service be endorsed, and that a business case be developed and service users, carers and stakeholders be engaged in the codesign of a service model.