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NICE Rise In Standards Of Support

NICE Rise In Standards Of Support

NICE, the National Institute of Health and Social Care Excellence has issued quality standards related to the support of people with learning disabilities or a learning disability and autism.

The first of these, on the care and support of people with learning disabilities growing older, is a new Quality Standard. Its aims are that:

People growing older with a learning disability are actively involved when their care and support needs are being assessed and that they:-

  • have a named lead practitioner
  • are involved in developing a plan for the future and reviewing it at least annually
  • have an annual health check, which is used to update their health action plan
  • meet hospital staff before any planned hospital admission to agree arrangements that make the stay easier for them

You can read the full report here.

The standard on supporting children, young people and adults where there is behaviour that challenges has been updated from the original 2015 version. Among the changes are that:

  • Local authorities and clinical commissioning groups jointly choose a lead person to oversee strategic commissioning of services
  • families and carers are involved by services in developing the person’s care and support plan, which includes how to prevent or respond to a crisis
  • there is access to specialist behavioural support in the community and support to choose where and how to live

You can read the full report here.

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