Bedford and Luton to wind-up learning disabilities provision in the face of tougher inspection regime

Posted on April 1st, by editor in Caring Times. No Comments

Bedfordshire and Luton Mental and Social Care Partnership NHS Trust (BLPT) is to wind-up its residential and homecare services for people with learning disabilities in the wake of tighter regulation by the commission for Social Care Inspection (CSCI). BLPT says that until mid-2006, 17 out of the 19 homes and services operated by the Trust received an ‘adequate’ or ‘good’ rating by the CSCI and were deemed to be ‘low risk’ but in June last year, after the publication of the Cornwall Report, the CSCI changed the inspection regime, following which the ratings fell substantially. “As a result, we have been working closely with local CSCI inspectors over the past six months to improve services and meet the standards required,” said the Trust in an announcement in late March. “In light of the historic under funding and the likely strategic direction of residential and domiciliary care for people who have a learning disability in the NHS, the Trust’s Board took the decision on 31 January 2007 not

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