One thing I learnt from my time in the big move from institutional to community care in mental health in Lambeth (Tooting Bec) in the 80s was the need to ensure the voice of the client, carers and families are heard.
I know that my recent blog post caused concern because it implied only the providers have the answers and that we already had the worked up plan. I know that the issues raised from Winterbourne View, and what has happened since, are of deep concern, and I'm sorry that my blog caused upset. It was certainly not my intention. A sin of omission not commission.
None of the providers have all the answers. But along with others they are clearly part of the answer and we now have an opportunity to work together to develop solutions that meet the needs of people with learning disability, their families and carers.
We have our first meeting of the Steering Group on developing a new national framework for learning disability care on Monday. We have a ...more