Improving outcomes for service users in adult placement - Commissioning and care management

Appendix 2: Scheme profiles and contacts

Brent Adult Placement Scheme (APS)

Launched in 1981, Brent APS provides long- and short-term placements for 44 people aged 20 to 79, supported by 26 carers, most of whom have worked for the scheme for many years.Of these, 31 are funded through Supporting People. Among the service users, 23 have a learning disability, 11 have a mental health problem and 14 are older people. There is a staff team of six. One placement - scheme worker, adult placement carer and service users - is involved in Brent Social Services’ person-centred planning pilot project.

Brent APS was one of four schemes involved in the first-stage SCIE project.

Discussion group participants

Care manager, learning disabilities Care manager, older people Scheme manager Two scheme workers


David Kingsley Interim Manager Adult Placement Services Quality House 249 Willesden Lane London NW2 5JH Tel: 020 8937 4121 E-mail:

East Sussex Supported Accommodation Team (SAT)

The SAT in East Sussex provides both adult placement (up to three people) and supported accommodation (more than three people). There are 231 people accommodated overall in the scheme, of whom 123 have learning disabilities (the remainder mainly have mental health problems). Within adult placement there are 70 adult placement carers; 52 carers support 86 people with learning disabilities. The SAT operates from four area teams, with two senior practitioners and 14 supported accommodation officers covering adult placement and other supported accommodation provision county-wide.

East Sussex SAT was one of four schemes involved in the first-stage SCIE project.

Discussion group participants

Support manager, learning disabilities Social worker, learning disabilities Team manager, independent living team Social worker, independent living team Senior practitioner, community mental health team Social worker, community mental health team Scheme manager Two scheme workers


Sue Dean Practice Manager, Supported Accommodation Team Amberstone Hospital Carter’s Corner Hailsham East Sussex BN27 4HU Tel: 01323 444 148 E-mail:

Essex Home Share Day Care

Established in 1994, the joint-funded Home Share Day Care scheme has nine host/carers providing a total of 59 placement sessions to 34 service users. Each carer has three placements (or a fourth person in an emergency situation), and offers a six-hour session between 9.30a.m. and 4p.m. The scheme is run by a full-time manager and part-time clerk, both seconded from SSD to the Braintree Care Trust (mental health service). All service users are over 55 years old and 36 per cent have mental health problems. Referrals are from the older people’s social work teams and mental health services, often referred on from the mental health team.

Discussion group participants

Provider manager, residential, domiciliary, sheltered housing and adult placement Locality manager, care management and social work services Manager, care management for older people Care manager, older people Scheme manager


Marjorie Neal Registered Manager Home Share Day Care The Mullberries South Street Braintree Essex CM7 3FW Tel: 01376 553 390 E-mail:

Gateshead Adult Placement Scheme (APS)

Gateshead APS plans to offer long- or short-term or daytime support to people with learning disabilities aged 16-65, either in the adult placement carer’s home or in the community. The first long-term service user has been recently placed, working with the local authority person-centred planning pilot project and the national In Control pilot scheme. Gateshead APS will place up to 25 people, and expects to place 10 people within the next year. Additional adult placement carers are currently being recruited. At present the scheme staff comprises solely the scheme manager.

Discussion group participants

Manager, adult services team Coordinator, person-centred planning project Coordinator, adult protection Two reviewing social workers Leader, voluntary advocacy scheme Scheme manager


Helen Morris Team Manager Daily Living Services to People with a Disability Community Based Services Civic Centre Gateshead NE8 1HH Tel: 0191 433 2381 E-mail:

Herefordshire Adult Placement Scheme (APS)

Herefordshire APS is a generic (though mainly learning disability), local authority scheme operating county-wide. The scheme’s 61 family homes provide accommodation for 124 service users: 24 supported lodgings for 42 service users, and 37 adult placement homes for 82 service users. There are some additional approved 'support carers’ who support long-term carers. The staff team comprises a full-time manager and three support officers.

Discussion group participants

Operational manager, learning disability service team Three mental health team social workers Scheme manager


Jenny Williams Manager, Adult Placement Scheme Hillrise 41 Southbank Road Hereford HR1 2TL Tel: 01432 373 212 E-mail:

Lewisham Adult Placement Scheme (APS)

Lewisham APS, a specialist mental health service based in Lewisham hospital, is part of the community services team which includes community mental health services and adult placement. The scheme provides 23 long-term placements (eight adult placements and 15 supported lodgings).

Discussion group participants

Manager, community mental health services Manager, residential services Ward social worker Scheme manager


Margaret Redman Manager, Adult Placement Scheme 3rd Floor Ladywell Unit University Lewisham Hospital Lewisham High Street London SE13 6LH Tel: 0208 333 3000 x 8212 E-mail:

North Yorkshire (Scarborough) Adult Placement Scheme (APS)

One of three teams in the county-wide APS scheme in North Yorkshire, the Scarborough team, in operation since 1995, now has 30 adult placement carers and 64 service users. Almost all service users have a learning disability and some also have mental health needs. Scarborough covers a large geographical area of North Yorkshire, and includes an identified area of deprivation as well as one of the wealthiest areas of the county. The scheme participated in the Commission for Social Care Inspection’s adult placement inspection methodology pilot.

This is the only independent (non-local authority) scheme involved in this second-stage SCIE project.

Discussion group participants

Manager, learning disability services Three care managers, learning disability services Advocacy officer Scheme manager Scheme officer


Pauline Closier Director of Adult Placement Services 34 Victoria Avenue Harrogate HG1 5PR Tel: 01723 356 540 E-mail:

Sheffield Adult Placement Scheme (APS)

Sheffield APS is a generic local authority scheme which has been in operation for about 22 years. Provision includes long-term placements (mainly for people with learning disabilities), short-term placements, day care (mostly older people), befriending services (mainly people with mental health problems) and sitting services. Approximately 100 adult placement carers support more than 300 service users.

Discussion group participants

Joint commissioning manager, learning disabilities team, and member of adult placement approval panel Team manager, learning disabilities assessment and care management Reviewing officer, learning disabilities Manager, physical disability assessment and care management team; and scheme manager Scheme team leader Scheme worker


Vivienne Williams Adult Family Placement Scheme Manager Howden House Union Street Sheffield S1 2SH Tel: 0114 273 4898 E-mail:

Staffordshire Adult Placement Scheme (APS)

APS in Staffordshire is a generic, county-wide local authority scheme providing a combination of long- and short-term placements, floating support ('kinship in the community’), respite and day care services. The scheme has rapidly expanded over the past few years: currently 55 carers provide placements to 60 service users, and there is a large waiting list. The staff team includes the manager and three senior practitioners.

Discussion group participants

Senior practitioner, people with a learning disability Three social workers, people with a learning disability Social worker, older people Team manager, older people Service development manager, community living and adult placement Scheme manager Two APS senior practitioners


PSS Stafford AIP Centrix at Keys Keys Business Village Keys Park Road Hednesford Cannock WS12 2HA

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