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Last Days To Contribute To Consultation

T.P Properties is thrilled that NICE have been asked to develop a clinical practice guideline on Challenging Behaviour in Learning Disability for use in the NHS in England, Wales and Northern Ireland.  However, time to add to this debate is running out, as the window of opportunity closes on the 4th June 2013.

The draft scope defines what aspects of care the guideline will cover and to whom it will apply. Unfortunately, individuals may not comment directly but have to approach a 'registered stakeholder'.  Those national organisations registered appear in a comprehensive list.  It is suggested that BILD (British Institute of Learning Disabilities) is possibly the best organisation to use to voice any suggestions to the consultation document.

It is noted that no specialist supported housing providers are represented on the stakeholder list, despite recent government directions to integrate care and support, and include such partners as housing.  For many years T.P Properties has seen first hand the role that a suitable supported living home can make.  A well designed and planned property, driven by person-centred ideology, coordinated and tailored to the needs and preferences of the individual, their carer and family, can make a huge difference to well-being outcomes.  One of our featured case studies indeed bears testament to this, not only resulting in a diminishing number of challenges, but also a substantial cost saving to the tax-payer.  

It is agreed as stated by the Department of Health in 2012 that, 'caring for people with behaviours that challenge requires a well-trained workforce with the right skills mix including specialist professionals trained in specific conditions.  And a key issue is ensuring that the workforce are trained in positive behavioural support approaches' (Department of Health Review: Winterbourne View Hospital, Interim Report, June 2012).  However, it is hoped that with time, all bodies will recognise the important partnership role housing can play in such matters.  It is T.P Properties' aim to promote greater understanding of the benefits of holistic planning of a person's home; and as such will be adding this recommendation to NICE's consultation.

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