Wednesday 10 December 2014

Feedback from people with a learning disability has informed Council plans to reshape care across the city.

Adults with a learning disability, their families, carers and others responded to Sheffield City Council’s consultation on a draft Learning Disability Commissioning Strategy from September to November.

Almost 400 people responded to the consultation and helped inform the strategy, which sets out how the council will develop local services to help people to live full lives as independently as possible, with good quality support based around their individual needs.

The council listened to feedback and made changes to the draft strategy, including adding a new commitment to help people do things together by pooling personal funds for learning disability care, where people want this.

Coun Mary Lea, Cabinet Member for Health, Care and Independent Living, said: “Demand for services has grown over the last ten years and people’s needs have become more diverse.

“We need to make sure services in the city are able to respond positively and I’d like to thank everyone who commented on our draft strategy. We listened to what people want and have used feedback to inform how we will develop and improve local services.

“Our proposals are ambitious as we will be improving the quality and diversity of services, while making sure they are value for money. It is a priority for me that we now work with care providers to help make sure people with learning disabilities have more control over their lives, are able to live as fully as possible and to make sure there is better support for family carers.”

The council’s Learning Disability Commissioning Strategy is being discussed at the Cabinet Meeting on 17 December 2014.

The council currently provides or funds care and support for 1,500 people in Sheffield with a learning disability, most of which is provided by voluntary and independent sector organisations. Demand for services has grown by 4 per cent each year for the last ten years.