West Sussex learning difficulty plans discussed

PROPOSALS to transform services for adults with learning difficulties have been discussed by West Sussex County Council.

The Adults’ Services Select Committee received a report outlining how the service will be looked at over the coming years.

In addition to the changes to the eligibility criteria already agreed, there are five areas of proposed change being looked at. These are:

-Decommissioning the Alinora Crescent respite service in Worthing and re-providing the service elsewhere.

-Commission supported living services in a more cost effective and efficient way.

-Possible outsourcing of the County Council’s Supported Living Service.

-Review and remodelling of learning difficulty community health and social care teams.

-Review and remodelling of learning difficulty day services.

Chairman Irene Richards said: “The Committee emphasised that we want to be involved in any proposals that come forward at an early stage, so they can be fully scrutinised and to allow us to input into the decision making process.

“Officers assured us that those who use the service will be fully consulted at all stages on the proposals as they are developed.”

The learning difficulties service is funded by the County Council and NHS West Sussex. Any savings identified for the County Council would also apply to NHS West Sussex.