11 June 2010

The team behind a project set up by Northamptonshire County Council and NHS Northamptonshire which saw nearly 100 adults with learning disabilities take more control of their lives has won an East Midlands Delivering Chances Award.

The team has been recognised for its work to improve the quality of life for 87 people with severe learning disabilities and complex needs in Northamptonshire.

By using individual budgets to help them have more choice and control about how they live their lives, the project will see all 87 people progress from being NHS patients to becoming citizens within their local communities.

The individuals involved are being helped to make their own choices about where to live and what support services they need to do this successfully.

Support plans are centred around the needs of each individual, rather than a general one size fits all approach that is more common. The project team worked closely with, Northamptonshire Healthcare NHS Trust, housing associations and care providers to ensure that the agreed support plans for each individual were provided effectively.

Councillor Robin Brown, county council cabinet member for health and adult social services said: “This project has seen people with severe learning disabilities and complex needs have more control about how they choose to live their lives.

“They have successfully been supported to have a choice about the things we all take for granted, such as where we live, or the activities we participate in. This means that the support and services they receive are built around each individual’s own needs, rather than the one size fits all approach, therefore improving each person’s quality of life.

“By working in partnership with key organisations in the county, this team has achieved a great deal for the vulnerable individuals involved in the project and I am very pleased that their successes have been recognised by the East Midlands Delivering Chances Awards.”

Richard Alsop, Director of Strategy and System Management, NHS Northamptonshire said “This is a tremendous example of how we can get services right for people with learning disabilities through partnership working and by giving people with learning disabilities and their families real influence over the planning and delivery of new services.”

The East Midlands Delivering Chances Awards took place this week (10th June).

Additional information:

Awards are supported by the Government Office East Midlands and the East Midlands Improvement and Efficiency Partnership. They are designed to recognise the achievements of organisations that have responded to the needs of vulnerable communities and focused on delivering better outcomes for the people within those communities.