NHS England’s Transforming Care agenda is about people with learning disabilities moving from hospital settings to live in their local community, as well as reducing unnecessary hospital admissions.
Some people with a learning disability have spent years in hospital. In this setting, they may have many restrictions imposed on them, and may lack the freedom to develop their skills and independence.
To ensure a smooth transition to a new life in the community, Affinity Trust takes a values-based approach. This has helped change many people’s lives for the better. Read about Ruth, for example.
To ensure a successful transition to supported living we:
use a multi-agency partnership approach to provide person-centred support
provide support based on our values, encouraging social inclusion and enhanced quality of life and discouraging restrictive practices
use our in-house psychology team to provide proactive support for individuals and their support teams
adopt a positive risk-taking approach which enables individuals to live a fulfilling life
increase the independence of the person supported and seek to reduce reliance upon paid support
source appropriate permanent housing, drawing on our expertise and relationships with registered housing providers
provide tailored living environments designed to meet individual needs and including the use of person-centred assistive technology.
We invest in staff training, such as in PROACT-SCIPr-UK®, and involve the people we support in choosing their support team so that staff are matched to their needs.
Affinity Trust enables 64% of the people we support to live in supported living, compared to the national average of 15% (DoH).
Our Transforming Care services provide both permanent as well as ‘step-through’ supported living accommodation in small groups of self-contained flats.
We’ve been providing step-through accommodation since 2007 and have recently increased our portfolio in response to Transforming Care, thanks in part to a grant from the Department of Health.
Our step-through accommodation enables the people we support to develop their skills and independence over a six-month period, preparing them for a move to a permanent home.
This allows us to make detailed assessments of an individual’s communication skills, capacity, behaviours, mental health and wellbeing, skills, abilities and housing needs so that their move to a long term home has the best chance of being successful.
We offer a flexible and solution focused approach to meet local needs, both for commissioners and for each individual. To discuss your requirements in more detail, please contact:
Lorraine Taylor, Head of Development