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09.12.2014

Social Care Charity’s Chief Executive Welcomes Latest Report


A leading social care charity boss has, expressed concerns after a national report highlighted that care for people with learning disabilities is failing.

Vibrance chief executive, Paul Allen, shared his concerns following the publication of a report by Sir Stephen Bubb, CEO of ACEVO, which stands for Association of Chief Executives of Voluntary Organisations. Sir Bubb was asked to lead a review to explore how a new national framework of support might be delivered locally, in order to allow the growth of community provision required to move people out of inappropriate institutional care.

Following Panorama’s shocking undercover filming at Winterbourne View Care Home in 2011, the Government pledged to move all people with learning disabilities and autism inappropriately placed in such institutions into community care by June 2014. Three years on, the report, Winterbourne View – a time for change, has shown that not only has the pledge not been fulfilled, but there is still more people being admitted to such institutions than being discharged.

Mr Allen said it was upsetting to see the outcome of the report.

“As a high quality care provider it is distressing and puzzling to see that no progress has been made by the Government since their pledge in 2011,” said Mr Allen.

“At Vibrance, we provide services in the local community for the benefit of our services users, very cost effectively, and currently successfully support a number of people with very complex needs, not dissimilar to many of those formerly living at Winterbourne View.

“We are always looking to develop services for people with complex needs in the local areas, as demonstrated by our work over the past 25 years. We want to continue to do this, enabling our services to expand for the ever-changing needs of 21st century social care.

“We have been approached about supporting people with such needs, currently living outside the UK borough to return to be supported in their home community and closer to their family. However, the hourly rates offered by local authorities are nowhere near enough to support someone with complex needs, who in many instances may also need psychiatric input and specialist behavioural support.

“To enable our social care industry to meet the needs required for the future, it is key to ensure there is enough appropriate accommodation available, combined with recognition to the level of skill required by staff to see the standard hourly rate rise. NHS England have already indicated that capital funding may be made available in 2015, however without the means to fund ongoing recourses, it looks like it will be very difficult to sustain.

“We need someone to take charge of the situation to make the change happen, and turn our social care industry around.”

Vibrance supports 850 adults throughout London and the South East with learning disabilities and mental health issues, offering a range of community day services, low-support housing, nursing and care homes, short breaks, supported employment and self-directed services.

The organisation employs around 400 people and was named in The Sunday Times ‘100 Best Companies To Work For’ in 2012.

To see the full report, Winterbourne View – time for change, see the following link:
http://www.england.nhs.uk/wp-content/uploads/2014/11/transforming-commissioning-services.pdf

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