SCIE press release

Care Quality Commission learning disability inspections

25 June 2012

Responding to the Care Quality Commission’s review of learning disability services, SCIE’s Chief Executive Andrea Sutcliffe says:

This report makes unwelcome reading for anyone involved in providing or commissioning learning disability services. It is clear that standards need to improve in at least half of the services inspected to ensure that people with learning disabilities are appropriately supported, sensitively cared for and properly protected.

The report highlights that there is a good deal of evidence about what constitutes good care and good commissioning. We need commissioners and providers across health and social care to use this information to improve and provide services that are truly person-centred, responding to and focusing on the needs of individuals. At SCIE, we have developed a range of resources to support such improvements; we have reported on issues such as minimising restraint in care homes; we have Social Care TV films on challenging behaviour; and we have an adult safeguarding web hub to support staff.


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