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December 2021

Funding for Learning Disability services – Webinar recording – 15.12.21

The following information is a result of work commissioned by Care England on behalf of its Learning Disability members to help navigate the legal framework and routes to challenge funding decisions and to identify where due process has not been followed. The Webinar slides can be found here.

Anthony Collins Solicitors – Funding for Learning Disability Services Report Nov 21 This report has been commissioned by Care England to assist its members when engaging in discussions and disputes with commissioners of health and personal care services for adults with a learning disability. The report commences with an explanation of the legal framework in which services are commissioned, separated into residential care, supported living and NHS funded Continuing Healthcare services. This will enable members to gain a clear understanding of the legal context in which Commissioners are meant to operate in the context of agreeing, reviewing, and setting fees for services.  The report is supported by three template letters. Care England members are entitled to adapt the letters in accordance with their own style and to edit them for the circumstances they wish to address.  Members should not share the document or letters outside of their organisations.  If members require any assistance with regard to particular circumstances, or wish to institute a wider-ranging project to address cost recovery issues, Anthony Collins Solicitors would be delighted to assist and members should contact either of the following: John.wearing@anthonycollins.com or Ramjeet.kandola@anthonycollins.com.

We have also provided a flow chart to assist members with a route to challenge commissioners and when to feedback to Care England or to seek input from Care England where joint intervention may be more appropriate.

          Residential Template – Dec 21 Download WORD version

          Supported Living Template – Dec 21 Download WORD version

          NHS Bodies Template – Dec 21 Download WORD version

          Process Flow Chart – Dec 21 Helping navigate the report

October 2021

Quality of life tool for inspecting services for people with a learning disability

The primary purpose of the quality of life tool is to improve CQC’s ability to consistently identify and take appropriate regulatory action in services that fail or are failing to meet the needs, aspirations and skills development of people with a learning disability and/or autistic people. The tool looks at how well people’s care plans are delivered in practice.  PDF Version 21.10.21