Building the Right Support: early evaluation findings

In 2015, NHS England made a commitment to improving the lives of people with learning disabilities and/or autism. This recognised that current provision was too reliant on treating people within inpatient facilities, and set out a vision to provide the right support for individuals to live healthy, safe and rewarding lives within the community.

Following that commitment, the Building the Right Support programme was launched by the Local Government Association, the Association of Directors of Adults Social Services, and NHS England in October 2015. This has sought to reshape services for people with a learning disability and/or autism with behaviour that challenges to ensure that care is person-centred and provided close to their home. In particular it seeks to support those who have experienced long stays in hospital to live in the community and to prevent others from being admitted in the future through the implementation of a national service model.

HSMC has been undertaking the national evaluation of Building the Right Support in partnership with the Strategy Unit, ICF and the British Institute for Learning Disability. The interim findings of the evaluation have been published this week - see: https://www.strategyunit.co.uk/publications/building-right-support.