The Children & Young People’s subgroup of the Transforming Care Programme invited service users, families and carers, professionals, members of the public and local community organisations to come and hear about plans to change the way in which care is delivered for children and young people living with Learning Disabilities and /or Autism in the Black Country.

The Black Country Transforming Care Partnership (TCP) was established in April 2016 to transform health and care services for children and young people with Learning Disabilities and /or Autism who may display behaviour that challenges. As part of NHS England’s Building the Right Support plan, the programme aims to reduce the number of children and young people with learning disabilities residing in hospital so that more can live in the community, with the right support, close to their home.

The day started with Kathryn Hudson, the Transforming Care Programme Director, for welcoming and introductions, swiftly followed by the Expert Patient by Experience by Vicki Whittaker-Stokes. This was a very hard-hitting presentation which had great feedback from everyone we spoke to.

After lunch, Arden GEM CSU introduced the attendees to some Group Work focused on ‘Making decisions together’, which was then shared to the group. Sarah Shingler, the CCG’s own Chief Nursing Officer and Director of Quality, then finished off with a Next Steps summary.

Following our prior public engagement events, where we spoke to service users, families, carers and professionals about the proposed changes, we then presented a summary of your feedback so that we may continue to build on this great work alongside all of you, and agree and deliver local plans for the programme. There was also further opportunity for continuous feedback.