Essential reading for the healthcare business
 
 
Remember me:
Skip Navigation LinksHealthInvestor article
Bubb report: Close ‘inappropriate institutional inpatient facilities’

A new report has called for over 2,000 patients with learning disabilities to be moved from “inappropriate” inpatient settings to community based care.

The recommendations in Sir Stephen Bubb’s report ‘Winterbourne View – time for change’ could bring about the biggest overhaul of the care system since the closure of the Victorian asylums, if enacted.

Bubb was asked by the NHS to review how to move more patients with learning disabilities into community-based care after government pledge to do so by June 2014 this year failed. The report revealed that between 2,500 and 3,000 people learning disabilities and autism are still living in institutions with more being admitted.

The pledge was made following the Winterbourne View scandal, which saw BBC Panorama expose care failings in the Castlebeck-operated home.

The report provides 11 recommendations to bring about more appropriate care for people with learning disabilities. These include calls for:

• The closure of inpatient facilities led by NHS England where it is the main commissioner
• The government to draw up a charter of rights for people with learning disabilities or autism and their families.
• Providing patients with the ‘right to challenge’ decisions to admit them to inpatient care
• Extending the right to have a personal health budget to people with learning disabilities
• The establishment of a ‘Life in the community’ Social Investment Fund, to help expand community based services.

The fund would be seeded with £30 million from NHS England or the government and could be leveraged with £200 million from other investors, the report suggests.

Bubb, who is the chief executive of charity leaders network AVECO [Association of Chief executives of Voluntary Organisations], said: “The Winterbourne View scandal shocked the nation. People are still angry and frustrated that more people with learning disabilities are being placed in institutional care than moved into the community.

“We urge immediate action, to close all Winterbourne-style institutions and ramp up community provision.”


Related articles:

Posted on: 26/11/2014

Latest news stories

19/09/2019
Australian hospital group Ramsay Health Care is working on a bid for Acadia Healthcare’s UK-based The Priory Group and Partnerships in Care.
19/09/2019
Medical product specialist Vernacare has completed a refinancing of its banking facilities.
18/09/2019
Target Healthcare, the real estate investment trust that invests in purpose-built UK care homes, has announced results for the year ending 30 June 2019.
17/09/2019
Primary Health Properties, which invests in UK and Irish primary healthcare facilities, has raised €70 million through a loan note issue.
17/09/2019
A group of care homes in Suffolk has been acquired by Impact Healthcare REIT in a deal which provides a full exit for the founding shareholders.


Civica


HealthInvestor blog
It is traditional that we only publish one issue to cover both July and August so it’s been a while since we went to press here at HealthInvestor UK. In the meantime, the political landscape has undergone something of a transformation...

Click here to view the HealthInvestor blog


Chief executive at specialist care provider Eden Futures
Andrew Elder, deputy managing partner and head of healthcare investing at AlbionVC, says transformational technologies must secure clinical buy-in to ensure their effectiveness and utilisation...
Geoff Hodgson talks to Qualia Care’s chief executive Robin Forster and director of care/finance officer Val Norton about a funding model which allows the company to take on distressed care homes shunned by mainstream investors...
As care charities move away from operating their own services in favour of campaigning and support roles, HealthInvestor UK considers the investment opportunities that flow from this trend...
CQC inspection reports have provided a framework for improvement for independent acute hospitals. Marie Cahalane unpicks the commission’s latest publication on the sector and describes the actions driving the agenda of improvement...

Click here to search all feature articles



Digital primary care

Earlier this year, the UK digital primary care market felt full of potential for investors but who are the players and what are the products that stand out now that the dust has settled? Kathy Oxtoby investigates
Read more


Christie + Co

my images



Domiciliary Care
Rob Munro talks to the head of one of the country's leading domiciliary care providers about challenges and opportunities in a sector where many companies have foundered
Read more