The Scottish Government has today published a report which explores what can be done to help people with learning disabilities who have complex needs and are currently in out-of-area placements, or who are experiencing delayed discharge from hospital, preventing them from returning home.
A priority within The keys to life is that all adults with learning disabilities, including those with complex needs, experience meaningful and fulfilled lives.
This includes where individuals live, as well as the services they receive. Some people with learning disabilities and complex needs are living far from home or within NHS hospitals; there is an urgent need to address this issue.
The Scottish Government commissioned a two-year project to look specifically at the support provided to people with learning disabilities who have complex needs. The focus of the project was to identify the number of people involved, and also to suggest support solutions for individuals with learning disabilities who have complex needs, and who are either placed out-of-area, or are currently delayed in hospital-based assessment & treatment units.
The Scottish Government wants to support Health and Social Care Partnerships (HSCPs) to find alternatives to out-of-area placements, and to eradicate delayed discharge for people with learning disabilities.
The Scottish Government’s vision for people with learning disabilities and complex needs within Scotland is that everyone is supported to lead full, healthy, productive, and independent lives in their communities,with access to a range of options and life choices.
You can read the full report now –
Coming Home: A Report on Out-of-Area Placements and Delayed Discharge for People with Learning Disabilities and Complex Needs.