Market development plan for learning disabilities accommodation

Closed 10 Jun 2016

Opened 13 May 2016

Overview

The Commissioning Strategy for Services for People with a Learning Disability and their Families 2015 - 2018 was approved by Sheffield City Council Cabinet in December 2014. It set out a range of proposals for improving the local offer of accommodation and support to enable people with a learning disability to live independently, safely and well.

The Strategy included the development of a new accommodation commissioning plan for people with a learning disability.  A draft plan for accommodation is now being produced, and builds on the commitments set out in the LD Commissioning Strategy (the plan has been renamed, and is now called a market development plan, as this is a more accurate description). The draft market development plan sets out our intended approach to improve accommodation for adults with a learning disability in Sheffield.

The number of adults with a learning disability is increasing and their needs are becoming more complex. People have higher expectations of an independent life in their community. The lessons from Winterbourne View include the need to make sure people can access good quality community-based services locally.  

At present, choice is limited. It can be difficult for some people with specific housing needs to access the right accommodation. This can lead to people leaving Sheffield to access the accommodation they need. Whilst we have much good quality housing, we also have poor quality accommodation that does not meet people’s needs. The process of matching supply with demand in order for people to access the accommodation they need should be improved.

The draft market development plan proposes that by 2019, there will be major improvements in local accommodation with support for people who live away from their families:

Improved supply - There will be a better offer of local accommodation that meets people’s current and future needs. This will include both general needs housing and the development of new schemes. We will have met people’s aspiration for modern housing options that meet the diverse needs of adults with a learning disability of all ages.

Improved quality - Housing will be high quality, will offer dignity and privacy, and will help people to be independent, safe and well.  Accommodation that is poor quality or unsuitable will be decommissioned.

Improved access - People will be able to access the options that best meet their needs at the time they need it through better management of voids and vacancies and the development of a consistent pathway into accommodation.

In addition to the above, accommodation and support will provide best value for Sheffield people.

Engagement and co-production - The views expressed during the consultation on the LD Commissioning Strategy have been fully incorporated into the draft market development plan. We will continue to engage with people with a learning disability and their families in the implementation of this plan, and will listen carefully to the views expressed, ensuring that their needs are at the forefront of all that we do.

The draft market development plan has been jointly developed with Children, Young People and Families Portfolio (CYPF), Place Portfolio and Sheffield’s Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG).

Next steps – Comments are invited and will be taken into account before the market development plan is presented to Sheffield City Council Cabinet for decision.

What Happens Next

Next steps – Comments are invited and will be taken into account before the market development plan is presented to Sheffield City Council Cabinet for decision.

Areas

  • All Areas

Audiences

  • Black and Minority Ethnic People
  • Carers
  • Disabled People
  • General Public
  • LGBT – Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Trans People
  • Older People
  • Residents
  • Young People
  • Businesses
  • Community Groups
  • Faith Groups
  • Student Unions
  • Voluntary Organisations

Interests

  • Keeping Healthy and Well, Accessing Care and Support