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The impact of Transforming Care on the care and safety of patients with learning disabilities and forensic needs

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Iain McKinnonORCiD



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NHS England recently published a national plan to develop community services for people with intellectual disabilities and autism who display challenging behaviour by using resources from the closure of a large number of hospital beds. An ambitious timescale has been set to implement this plan. The bed closure programme is moving ahead rapidly, but there has been little progress in developing community services to support it. This paper discusses the impact of the gap between policy and practice on the care and safety of patients with intellectual disabilities and forensic needs who form a distinct subgroup of the target population and are being disproportionately affected by this government policy.

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Author(s): Taylor JL, McKinnon I, Thorpe I, Gillmer BT

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: BJPsych Bulletin

Year: 2017

Volume: 41

Issue: 4

Pages: 205-208

Print publication date: 01/08/2017

Online publication date: 13/10/2016

Acceptance date: 14/09/2016

Date deposited: 17/10/2016

ISSN (print): 2056-4694

ISSN (electronic): 2056-4708

Publisher: Royal College of Psychiatrists


DOI: 10.1192/pb.bp.116.055095


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