Implementing the NHS Long Term Plan for Autistic People and People with Learning Disabilities.

In this section of we will be looking at how the government is implementing the NHS Long Term Plan. The links in this section provide details of the 48 Transforming Care Partnerships that had responsibility for implementing Building the Right Support.

We'll be writing to each of the 48 Transforming Care Partnerships asking them to share details of how they are taking forward their work to transform care for people with learning disabilities and autistic people as part of their work to implement the NHS Long Term Plan.

We will share their plans and responses with you on this part of the site. Over time we will continue to monitor what individual areas are doing and we keep updating and re-structuring this section of the site as the work to implement the Long Term Plan's objectives progresses. If you would like to help us by being Myownfrontdoor's contact in your area then email . 


Key themes for people with Learning Disabilities and autistic people in the NHS Long Term Plan 

The NHS Long Term Plan makes autistic people and people with a learning disability a priority for the next ten years. But how do we know that the government is going to deliver on that commitment. For example the plan makes the following commitment in relation to people in inpatient hospitals:

By March 2023/24, inpatient provision will have reduced to less than half of 2015 levels (on a like for like basis and taking into account population growth)

This is in effect a re-statement of the higher end of the original 2015 target first made in Building the Right Support, with an additional proviso relating to population growth, a target that NHS England had already failed to meet. The hope is that additional measures will help.  

So an important component in trying to achieve the target will be the use of a 12 point discharge plan and a strengthening of Care and Treatment Reviews (CTRs) and Care Education and Treatment Reviews (CETRs) for under 25s.  The plan also makes a commitment to increase investment in “intensive, crisis and forensic community support”. In addition to this are commitments to improve the understanding of learning disability and autism across the whole of the NHS, as well as a pledge to expand the STOMP-STAMP initiatives to reduce the reliance on medication.

Whilst these measures are promising the NHS Long Term Plan does not mention Transforming Care Partnerships, and nor does it make any reference to the National Service Plan that was a key component and objective of Building the Right Support. So we have real concerns that the government will be able to deliver on it's promises.