Transforming care for people with learning disabilities and autism

South east London is committed to transforming care for people with learning disabilities and autism as part of a national programme of system-wide change to enable more people to live in the community, with the right support, and close to home.

The borough councils and NHS clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) of south east London, together with NHS England Specialised Commissioning, are working on this agenda through the south east London Transforming Care Partnership (TCP).

In February 2015, NHS England publicly committed to a programme of closing inpatient facilities and establishing stronger support in the community, and promised that further details would follow later in the year.

What we are doing

The south east London Transforming Care Partnership consists of the NHS CCGs and borough councils of Bexley, Bromley, Greenwich, Lambeth, Lewisham and Southwark, together with NHS England (London) Specialised Commissioning.

Our vision for this programme is:

  • to achieve equality of life chances and opportunities for people with learning disability and autism, including those with a mental health problem
  • for people with learning disabilities and autism to grow up and live as independently as possible as adults, giving life-long support where this is needed
  • for mainstream services to enable people with learning difficulties and autism to access services to enable them to live healthy lives

By working together across south east London we can identify and develop projects and initiatives that are better done beyond borough boundaries, working with local health and social care services. Commissioners in councils (for social care) and CCGs (for health services) are working together to ensure greater consistency across south east London and to improve standards. TCP is also a vehicle for supporting delivery of NHS England’s programme for people with learning disabilities.

Get involved

To support this work, we have set up a Transforming Care Forum specifically for people who have learning disabilities or autism, or both, and present behaviour that challenges. This includes people who have been admitted to mental health hospitals or are at risk of being admitted. 

If you have experience of this type of service, either directly or as a family member, and are living in Lewisham, Bromley, Bexley, Southwark, Lambeth or Greenwich, then you are eligible to join the Forum. You could help shape and improve services for the future and influence real change.

If you are interested, email Edith Scott This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or telephone 020 8269 4340.