Issue details

Learning Disability Day Services Permanent Service Model Consultation

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

Decision type: Key

Reason Key: Expenditure > £500,000 and affects more than 1 ward;

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Divisions affected: Bexhill South; Crowborough South and St Johns; Eastbourne - St Anthony's; Lewes;

Notice of proposed decision first published: 30/07/2021

Decision due: 21 Sep 2021 by Lead Member for Adult Social Care and Health

Lead member: Lead Member for Adult Social Care and Health

Lead director: Director of Adult Social Care and Health

Contact: Richard Lewis, Head of Service – ESCC Learning Disability Services Email:


There have been two consultations for these proposals. Staff have been consulted with regard to changing their working patterns.

Clients, parents, carers and other stakeholders have been consulted regarding the change of the model of delivery outlined above.

An Equalities Impact Assessment was completed for these interim arrangements and is being updated as part of the consultation


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