Decision details

Strategic Review of Learning Disability Accommodation

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Is Key decision?: Yes

Is subject to call in?: Yes


To decide on (i) the future provision at each of the learning disability residential homes provided by the Council; the outcome of the statutory consultation with service users, families, carers and other key stakeholders; the outcome of informal consultation with staff and unions




(1)               the new Service Model, described in section 2.5 of the report, which specifically involved the following changes to services be agreed:


A.                 Bedford House - work to achieve separation between the long-term residential, respite and day services at Bedford House. Work with the Council’s Estates Department to identify a longer term option for the efficient use of Bedford House. This may include the potential sale of the building and the purchase of an alternative building which met the needs of the long-term residents in a high quality environment;


B.                Gordon Avenue - change the model of the service and identify a choice of alternative housing options for the service users living at the Home.  To use the service as a Residential Respite provision in the future. In addition, to increase the use of alternative respite options including Harrow Shared Lives Service and communicate the range of options to families and service users;


C.                Woodlands Drive - change the model of the service and identify a choice of alternative housing options for the service users living at the Home;


D.                Southdown Crescent - de-register the service and support people to live in a supported living environment;


E.                 Roxborough Park - maintain and develop the current modelof the service delivering high quality care to people with complex autism and severe challenging behaviour.  This would mean that some people who do not have complex autism and severe challenging behaviour who currently lived at the Service might be supported to move to alternative provision that met their assessed eligible needs.


(2)               the Corporate Director for Community, Health and Wellbeing, in consultation with the relevant Portfolio Holders, be authorised to agree the future model and use for Woodlands Drive with the vacant building being considered for young adults in transition who needed support to remain close to home.


Reason for Decision:  To enable local residential service provision for adults with learning disabilities that responded to current and future demand for specialist residential services.  To contribute between £600k-£1m to the achievement of Medium Term Financial Strategy savings of £2.275m in relation to residential care.  To consider whether there were any residents who might be supported to live more independently.


Alternative Options Considered and Rejected: As set out in the report.


Conflict of Interest relating to the matter declared by Cabinet Member / Dispensation Granted:  None.

Report author: Paul Najsarek

Publication date: 15/03/2013

Date of decision: 14/03/2013

Decided at meeting: 14/03/2013 - Cabinet

Effective from: 23/03/2013

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