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In Devon, the Transforming Care Partnership aims to make a real difference to the lives of children, young people and adults with a learning disability and/or autism who display behaviour that challenges, including those with a mental health condition. It is comprised of ourselves, NEW Devon CCG and three local authorities (Torbay, Devon and Plymouth), all of which have worked closely with people living in our area to produce the plan.

The plan focuses on:

  • Bringing people who are in hospital nearer to their home so that they are not living away from their local communities, making it easier for people to see their families and loved ones
  • Supporting people to stay in the community so they don’t need a hospital in the future, by providing a choice of local housing and support
  • Helping people live good lives in Devon.

A key part of the Transforming Care partnership this year will be the purchase of a detached property in Dawlish for people aged 16 and over who have a learning disability/autism and have challenging behaviour. We heard in April 2017 that the bid to NHS England for £800,000 to be used to buy the property and modify it has been successful. The building consists of three ground-floor flats, each with its own front door and a spare bedroom for sleep-in staff, who have been trained by our NHS intensive assessment and treatment teams to understand the bespoke needs of the residents.

The site will provide a local and stable environment where people can have a step down from hospital, as well as helping them to avoid admission because of a lack of accommodation.

The Devon Transforming Care Partnership Plan is available here, together with an easy-read version, here.