Decision Maker: Lead Member for Adult Social Care and Health
Decision status: Recommendations Approved
Is Key decision?: Yes
Is subject to call in?: Yes
During the pandemic Learning Disability Day
Services changed the service model to manage the capacity of the
buildings without having to reduce the amount of day service
provision offered to people with a learning disability. Changes
were also made to ensure we did all we could to reduce the risk of
infection from Covid-19.
Some of these changes have had a positive impact on the way services are delivered and the experience of people using the services. This consultation is to make the following temporary changes to the day services permanent:
- To provide the service across three sessions a day: AM, PM, and Twilight rather than as whole days.
- To provide the service in ‘support bubbles’ of up to 15 people
- To provide sessions based in the community that are independent of the building-based service.
These changes will improve the experience of people using the service by providing a more personalised approach, broaden what is available by increasing the length of the day and community activities and equip the service to respond to any future situations such as the current pandemic
25.1 The Lead Member considered a report seeking agreement to make permanent changes to the service model for the Council’s Directly Provided Learning Disability Day Services, following a comprehensive consultation process.
25.2 The Lead Member RESOLVED to:
1. Agree to the permanent change to Service Model for Directly Provided Learning Disability Day Services with effect from 18th October 2021, specifically to provide:
• the service across three sessions per day, rather than as whole days.
• the service in ‘support bubbles’ of up to 15 clients.
• sessions based in the community that are independent of the building-based service;
3. note the summary of the outcome of the staff consultation (Appendix 1);
4. note the summary of the stakeholder consultation (Appendix 2);
5. note the report by POhWER, an independent advocacy service, as part of the consultation process (Appendix 3); and
6. note the summary of the Equality Impact Assessment (Appendix 4).
25.3 Making the current changes to the service model for the Council’s Directly Provided Learning Disability Day Services permanent will improve the service offered to clients and parent carers by providing a broader range of options, hours of delivery and locations. Whilst the vast majority of clients, parent carers and staff are supportive of the service model which has effectively been in place for over a year, support will be provided to those who find this change challenging.
Report author: Richard Lewis
Publication date: 21/09/2021
Date of decision: 21/09/2021
Decided at meeting: 21/09/2021 - Lead Member for Adult Social Care and Health
Effective from: 29/09/2021