Chiltern CCG have released the following information regarding the transfer of learning disability health services from the current provider, Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust, to Hertfordshire Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust (HPFT). If this affects you or someone you are a carer for, please let us know, what you think about the changes:

Specialist learning disability health services are changing in Buckinghamshire.

From the summer of 2016 specialist learning disability health services will be transferred from our current provider, Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust, to Hertfordshire Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust (HPFT).

HPFT is well respected for its expertise in specialist services for people with learning disabilities and is one of the leaders of the new national model of LD care, known as a Fast Track Area.

Understanding people’s views

We have been working towards transforming specialist health services, in line with the national programme, for more than a year now. We started last year by asking people for their views about the services, as well as understanding people’s thoughts about our plans for the future.

Some of the main things that people told us were important to them included:

  • More specialist healthcare for people closer to home
  • More support for people to stay at home instead of going into hospital
  • A better understanding in mainstream services about how to work with people with learning disabilities.

The new service

The new contract with HPFT aims to deliver care in the way that people told us they wanted.

There will be improved specialist healthcare services and more intensive support in the community which will further reduce the need for specialist inpatient admissions. This includes a strengthened Intensive Support Team which will increase support in the community, allowing services to eventually move from five days to seven days a week.

For those people who do need an inpatient stay, the new contract will see people being treated (from 1 July 2016 for new admissions) at HPFT’s Dove Ward at Kingfisher Court in Radlett, Hertfordshire, instead of the Ridgeway Centre.

We believe there are many benefits to this; the specialist LD inpatient beds at Dove Ward are provided within a larger, state-of-the-art centre, providing patients and staff access to a wider range of specialist support and facilities while in hospital, but also greater support in their community.

Most of the staff who currently work with people in Bucks will transfer across to the new service, ensuring continuity of care.

How you can get involved

Although the change to the inpatient location will only affect a small group of people, as most service users will be treated in their community, we would welcome your views on these new arrangements and would like to hear your ideas about how we can make them work best for all those affected. Please let us know how we can work with you as we make these changes, as well as any concerns you may have.

We would like to set up a group of people, including people who use our services, their carers and families, to help us plan for these changes.If you would like to share your views, take part in a site visit to Kingfisher Court, receive a copy of the consultation report or are interested in taking part in the working group, please


Or email Talkback:

Or telephone: 01494 434 448.

Finally, we are aware of issues raised by recent inspections and reports about Southern Health and that you may be concerned about what you have heard and read. We would like to assure you that we have been working closely with Southern Health to ensure they are making and sustaining the changes required to deliver safe and effective services. This will continue to be given a high priority during and after the transfer of services to HPFT.

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Published on 23 Jun, 2016

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