Learning Disability Day Service Redesign – Vision and Principles

This consultation is now closed as of 17 May 2019.

East Dunbartonshire HSCP has been working on modernising services for people with learning disabilities.  We agreed a strategy in May 2018 that set out a range of improvements that we wanted to make over the next 5 years.

We are now consulting on a vision and set of principles that believe will provide a framework for the redesign of learning disability day services.  We welcome your comments and thoughts on these.  

The consultation period runs from 22 March until 17 May 2019.

We think that future learning disability services should be local, modern, accessible and person-centred.  Support should be therapeutic, enabling, meaningful and of high quality.  Services should be designed to meet individual needs and personal outcomes, with a focus on encouraging health and wellbeing and independent living.
The proposed day service redesign principles provide more detail on this vision:

  • Providing a wider range of day services in the local area;
  • Placing in-house HSCP services at the heart of local provision with a strong third, independent and voluntary sector presence, together providing complementary and sustainable services;
  • Replacing the current service delivered from Kelvinbank Resource Centre and moving to a new, modern location.  The new service would provide a wider range of support than at present, including those for people with more complex and profound disabilities, supported by skilled staff;  
  • Delivering the new in-house service from a single main location, supplemented by shared spaces across the localities.  We would favour the integration of the main service within a shared community resource rather than a standalone building, reflecting national strategies and examples of good practice; 
  • Delivering both centre-based and community-based services to meet individual needs and outcomes.  People with mild and the lower end of moderate learning disabilities would be supported within community settings, as far as possible;
  • Commissioning a wider range of informal community assets, social enterprise developments, supported and substantive employment opportunities and volunteering services.  This would be an area of significant growth and improvement, in partnership with local organisations;
  • Provision of choice and self-determination through Self-Directed Support, informed by fair and equitable mechanisms for determining personal budgets.

More detail on this can be found on the Services vision and redesign principles document here.

We want to make sure we set the right priorities and direction for improvement, before we start working on the detail.  If you think these priorities and principles are the right ones, please let us know.  If you have any other ideas or any concerns about these plans, we really want to know at this stage.

Once we have agreed a set of redesign principles, we will then work up the detail of what these new and updated services will look like.  When we do this, we will involve service-users, carers, families and other people who have an interest in these developments.

To support this consultation process, we are arranging informal drop-in sessions where individuals are free to come along to find out more. These are as follows:

Day Date Venue Time
Wednesday 24 April 2019 Kelvinbank Resource Centre 1.30pm to 3.30pm
Thursday 25 April 2019 Kelvinbank Resource Centre 5.30pm to 7.30pm
Wednesday 8 May 2019 Lesser Hall, Bearsden Hub 1.30pm to 3.30pm
Thursday 9 May 2019 Lesser Hall, Bearsden Hub 4pm to 6.30pm

We are also involving service-users in this consultation by providing information that is accessible to them and finding out their views.

If you would like to comment on these proposed redesign principles, please send your comments to the postal or email addresses below. 

Alan Cairns
Service Redesign Officer
East Dunbartonshire Health & Social Care Partnership
Kirkintilloch Health and Care Centre (KHCC)
10 Saramago Street
Kirkintilloch G66 3BF
Email: alan.cairns2@ggc.scot.nhs.uk