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Chief Nursing Officer praises Enfield’s success

Published Tuesday, 05 January 2016

Jane Cummings, Chief Nursing Officer for England visited Enfield Council’s Integrated Learning Disabilities Service to see for herself how the service has reduced hospital and residential placements and promoted independent living for some 900 vulnerable Enfield residents.

Since 2008 this partnership between Enfield Council and the NHS has supported people with learning disabilities, mental health difficulties, autism and multiple disabilities through a number of interventions.

This includes: psychiatry, nursing, psychology, speech & language therapy, occupational & art therapies, physiotherapy, employment support, social work and care management. 

The Integrated Learning Disabilities Service includes a Community Intervention Service, which aims to avoid admissions to Assessment & Treatment units wherever possible and if an admission for treatment is absolutely necessary, it is for as short a period as possible.

Enfield Clinical Commissioning Group, who jointly commission the service with Enfield Council works closely with the service to ensure that local treatment, care and support options are effective, personalised and able to support people whatever their level of need.

Jane Cummings said: “Enfield Council and its health partners are providing excellent services which recognise the needs of their users. It is an example of integrated good practice developing services and treatment with the users and their families.”

Cllr Alev Cazimoglu, Enfield Council’s Cabinet member for Adult Social Care, added: “We are very proud of the work that this service provides and in the way that it supports people. In the light of the revelations at Winterbourne View we are determined more than ever, that each service user is treated with respect and is supported to achieve all they can.”

About Jane Cummings
As Chief Nursing Officer for England, Jane Cummings provides professional leadership for all nurses, midwives and care staff across the health care system. The Chief Nursing Officer is also the principal adviser to the Government on all nursing and midwifery issues with the exception of public health nursing issues.

She also chairs the Transformation Board which Ray James, Enfield’s Director of Health Housing and Adult Social Care & President of Association of Directors of Adult Social Services (ADASS), is the Vice Chair.  Here is a link setting out more info: link

Enfield’s success
As a result of the Winterbourne View scandal, there is a strong drive to reduce the use of Assessment & Treatment as this meant that people often had to be treated many miles away from families and remained for far too long in these units.

Enfield has a strong track record of NOT placing people out of borough for treatment and care. It has been hugely successful supporting people to live in the local community rather than residential care.  Integrated care by our health and social care professionals has been key to this and we manage to support people with very complex needs and behaviours to lead inclusive lives in the local community. 

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