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In House Learning Disability Services Report

Meeting: 01/12/2020 - Cabinet (Item 142)

142 In House Learning Disability Services Report

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Councillor Simon Jacobs, Cabinet member for Adult Social Care, Public Health and Public Protection presented the report which outlined the proof of concept for a structured Outreach and Enablement model led by the Council run in-house learning disability services.


Cllr Jacobs explained that this would include a fully dedicated team supporting people who have complex neurological and cognitive difficulties’ which impact

on their long-term independence, choice and wellbeing. These services will be of high quality and person-centred, supporting individuals to develop their own aspirations and strengths, and enable them to achieve their full potential.


Cllr Laura Mayes, Cabinet Member for Children, Education and Skills, Cllr Chuck Berry, Chair of the Health Select Committee and Cllr Gordon King expressed their support for the initiative.


In response to questions from Cllr Ian Thorn, Leader of the Liberal Democrats about (i) maintaining the services provided; and (ii) for services to be shaped and moulded by the experience of users, Cllr Jacobs and Officers confirmed that current services would be expanded to support a wider group of people with complex needs, and ensure all provision is being utilised effectively and creatively across children and adults services in a joined-up approach. 




1.    To note the establishment of an Outreach and Enablement Project


2.    To note this will be a six-month proof of concept project


3.    To note that we will undertake a co-produced review of our building based services


Reason for Decision:


Wiltshire Council’s in-house day service offer requires a review to:

·       Establish its effectiveness.

·       Ensure it meets the needs of its existing service users

·       Gain an understanding of how people with complex needs are able to set their own goals and develop their ‘best life’

·       Understand how the service can develop and support people to connect to their local communities to build meaningful relationships.

·       Establish how we reach more people to help them to maximise their independence

·       Assure ourselves that we are cost effective and offer value for money