Looks like you’re on the UK site. Choose another location to see content specific to your location

Home Industry News New healthcare boost for people with learning disabilities

New healthcare boost for people with learning disabilities

7th August 2008

The Department of Health has announced new government funding to help improve the healthcare and employment prospects for individuals suffering with learning disabilities.

In total, 96 million pounds will be ringfenced over the next three years to pay for the costs of individuals with learning disabilities moving to housing in the community from campuses.

Money will be spent on workforce training and development, in addition to health action planning and support for more inclusive community-based activities.

The government said the new accommodation would give individuals the freedom to make everyday decisions and the chance to develop vital social skills.

This funding follows on from 175 million pounds pledged to support primary care trusts close institutional health service accommodation and provide more appropriate arrangements in the community.

Ivan Lewis, care services minister, said: “This funding opens the door to a better way of life for hundreds of people with learning disabilities, who will now be able to integrate into communities across the country, while given high quality support to lead a full life as equal citizens.”

He added funding would be provided both to local authorities and primary care trusts to ensure a smooth transition of individuals to new accommodation.

Last month, the Department of Health announced the appointment of Anne Williams as national director for learning disabilities.

We currently have 5 jobs available in Pharmacy industry, find your perfect one now.

Stay informed

Receive the latest industry news, Tips
and straight to your inbox.