Key Government recommendations on care homes

The Government has published its final report on the Winterbourne View Hospital, the main findings include:

  • by Spring 2013 the department will set out proposals to strengthen accountability of boards of directors and senior managers
  • by June 2013 all current placements will be reviewed, everyone in hospital inappropriately moved to community-based support as quickly as possible, and no later than June 2014
  • by April 2014 each area will have a joint plan to ensure high quality care and support services for all people with learning disabilities or autism and mental health conditions or behaviour described as challenging
  • the CQC will strengthen inspections and regulation of hospitals and care homes, including unannounced inspections involving people who use services and their families
  • a new NHS and local government-led joint improvement team will be created to lead and support this transformation

Read the report in full on the Department of Health website.

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Care home proposals published

The Government has announced proposals to stop abuse like that uncovered at Winterbourne View care home. Six of 11 care staff who admitted charges of abuse or neglected were jailed in October.