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10th December 2012

The Department of Health published the Winterbourne View Final Review today. The Minister for Care Services, Norman Lamb, read a statement to the House of Commons at 5pm this evening.

With the final report a Concordat was published which we have been involved in as a representative of provider organisations.

Quality involvement of people with learning disabilities has been something we have engaged with through training, our Involvement Networks, and best practice sharing throughout the UK for some considerable time now, so we are glad to see acknowledgement of the importance of this via CQC and regulation.

We intend to proactively support the Concordat as signatories and in its implementation, particularly as a Provider Representative, where we will commit, not only to “support members to provide good quality care across health and social care, as set out in the model of care…” but also to support the development of plans by providers in our role as an infrastructure organisation for this sector.

The Concordat core commitments resonate with the change agenda we have recently agreed at ARC Board and we believe presents a real opportunity for our members and the providers we work with to engage in real change for people with Learning Disabilities in England.  We have had concerns that past initiatives have not always been monitored and followed up, so we commend the DH’s commitment to follow up reports each year.

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