September e-update for #TransformingCare Partnerships


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- Finance webinar invite_September18

Dear all

Please find below and attached latest updates from the national Transforming Care programme including:

  • Learning disabilities and autism are a priority in the new NHS long-term plan!
  • Finance webinars – for commissioners and finance leads across health and social care
  • Coming up!
  • Template model agreements for the pooling and/ or transferring of funds with local authorities
  • New videos about positive behaviour support (PBS)
  • The So What, What Next? project
  • Trainee Nursing Associates expansion in Learning Disability services
  • Ordinary Residence guide for local authorities
  • Updated ‘Culture for care toolkit’ from Skills for Care
  • New outcomes framework published by LGA
  • Supporting a workforce to work more effectively with deaf blind people – pilot programme report OUT NOW
  • Workforce planning and support

Diary dates and what’s coming up at a glance:

  1. Meetings with Learning Disability England and NHS England about the new long term plan – 7 dates!

We are working with Learning Disability England to hold meetings to talk about what needs to be in the long term NHS plan.  More details about the meetings and how you can book are at – please note you need to scroll through the online flyer to get to the dates to register. Alternatively you can email

  1. Webinar to share guidance for TCPs on finances (four options):

11  September , 10.30 to 11.30 or 1-2 pm

12 September 1pm till 2pm  or 3pm until 4pm

Please see the attached invite for a webinar on TCP financial arrangements, particularly the revised Funding Transfer Agreement, whereby funding will flow from specialised commissioning to CCGs.

  1. Improving the delivery of different news to families by healthcare professionals:

Monday 10 September 1pm – 5pm – Canterbury, Kent

Tuesday 11 September 9am – 1pm – Crawley, Sussex

Details at:

  1. Learning disability and autism workforce network meeting – Midlands

03 October 2018 – Lincoln

Join this network which aims to bring together people who are interested in workforce related issues and are based in the following transforming care partnership areas:

  • Northamptonshire
  • Leicestershire, Leicester City and Rutland
  • Lincolnshire
  • Hertfordshire
  • Bedfordshire, Luton and Milton Keynes

The network will focus on some of the issues that the workforce supporting learning disability and autism services face, and will include discussions and learning around PBS, community forensic ID services and young people and transitions. It welcomes people from the health, statutory social care services, independent and voluntary sector. Find out more and book your place here.

  1. Public health and people with learning disabilities: national evidence for local action conference

11 October 2018, Birmingham

This conference is about what public health evidence is available, where there are gaps and what is needed in the future to support local systems to improve the health of people with learning disabilities.

The conference will begin with keynote speeches from national leaders from Public Health England, NHS England and a self-advocacy network. The afternoon session will consist of four workshops looking at different aspects of evidence and data about the health and care of people with learning disabilities. The day will end with a conversation with public health leaders about how Public Health England should work in the future to support local systems to reduce health inequalities for people with learning disabilities.

Who should attend?

The conference is aimed at directors of public health, local authorities, members of sustainability and transformation partnerships, clinical commissioning groups, directors of adult social care, commissioners in local authorities, third sector organisations, self-advocates and self-advocacy groups, people with learning disabilities and supporters.

The Public Health England events team will be sending out individual invitations by email over the next week, but you can beat the rush by booking now at the conference website.

  1. SAVE THE DATE: 7 November launch of your own Learning Disability Community of Practice

Health Education England have been able to fund BILD, the British Institute of Learning Disabilities to help London to develop and sustain its own Learning Disability Community of Practice –  details on HEE web blog

Following a series of consultation events earlier this year click link to see the event findings

Link to 2018’s Kent, Surrey and Sussex LD CoP film from the day

The aim of the community is to provide a place for all that have a share interest in the eradication of health inequality whoever they might be to share learning and knowledge with one another.

  1. Skills for Care’s individual employer funding now open

Individuals who employ their own care and support using a direct payment or their own money (also known as individual employers), can apply for funding for training. The money can pay for training to develop the skills of themselves, as an employer, and their personal assistants (PAs). It can cover the direct costs of training, travel costs or the cost of hiring a replacement PA.

The funding closes on 28 February 2019 and any training must start before 31 March 2019. Find out more and apply at:

If you work with individual employers please share this ‘Money for training’ leaflet with them – you can email Skills for Care to request printed copies on

 Reducing reliance on hospital

 Template model agreements for the pooling and/ or transferring of funds with local authorities

The following link provides template model agreements for the pooling and/or transfer of NHS funds with local authorities. Please click through to see a covering note that explains what the model agreements are and how best to use them

For the successful delivery of ‘Building the Right Support’ locally, we aim to ensure that Transforming Care Partnerships (TCPs) have a clear understanding/agreement in principle for how to shift funding from each CCG to the relevant local authorities.

For consideration and application locally, we have developed three model funding transfer/pooling agreements, to be used depending on where local TCP partners are currently with existing pooled budgets and their ambition for that in the future.

New videos about positive behaviour support (PBS)

PBS is a person-centred approach to supporting people who display behaviours which challenge. It’s important that adult social care workers have the right skills and knowledge to use this approach and we can help.

Skills for Care has worked with the Challenging Behaviour Foundation to develop three new videos.

If you’re new to this approach, read these FAQs about how PBS can help you deliver high quality support for people who display behaviour that challenges.

They’ve also spoken to Eldertree Lodge who have used this approach. They’ve shared their story about how it’s decreased the number of incidents of behaviours which challenge and improved health and wellbeing. Read their case study here.

So What, What Next?

The So What, What Next? project was designed by the Transforming Care empowerment steering group to look at ways of supporting people with a learning disability or autism who have recently been discharged from hospital to explore their skills and passions and to find ways to contribute these to their local communities. Find out more here:

Trainee Nursing Associates expansion in Learning Disability services

Recruitment to Learning Disability Nursing has been in decline for some time.

The Nursing Associate role has been introduced to support the delivery of nursing care across health and care services in England. This new professional role will be regulated by the Nursing and Midwifery Council and the first Trainee Nursing Associates graduate in December 2018. Nursing Associates are a generic role, developing knowledge and skills during their training across the four fields of nursing and enabling them to work in a range of health and care settings.

In response to the workforce challenges identified, Health Education England is taking time limited and focused action.

An enhanced training grant is being offer to Trainee Nursing Associates working at least 50% of their practice time in a NHS Learning Disability service. Participants need to commence on programme between 1 September until 31 December 2018.

For more information please contact:

Midlands and East


Building support in communities 

Ordinary Residence guide for local authorities

The LGA has published their Ordinary Residence guide for local authorities. This guide was developed to support the Transforming Care programme however it applies to all adults whose care is commissioned in an area that is different from where they hold ordinary residence, including those whose services are governed by the Mental Health Act:

Updated ‘Culture for care toolkit’ from Skills for Care

Workplace culture is the character and personality of your organisation. It influences how people feel and behave at work, so it’s important that your service has a positive one.

Skills for Care has updated their ‘Culture for care toolkit’ which has guidance and practical activities to help you review your culture and develop a positive one. It explains what a workplace culture is, why it’s important and how you can develop a positive culture. The toolkit is available online at

 Improving quality of care, quality of health and quality of life

 New outcomes framework published by LGA

As part of the Making Safeguarding Personal Programme, a new outcomes framework has been published by the LGA:

Workforce planning and education support

Supporting a workforce to work more effectively with deaf blind people – pilot programme report OUT NOW

Health Education England’s South regional intellectual disability programme have been able to support Southdown a local housing association develop their workforce to more effectively and sustainably support deaf blind people. Southdown have produced a detailed report, easy read summary of what they did, and provided access to any resources or contacts they developed to achieve this. The reports and resources are freely available to all, Southdown have just published a blog summarising the project and sharing links to the reports click the link below to find out more:

Workforce Planning and Support

Workforce partners Skills for Health, Skills for Care, Health Education England are available to offer flexible support to meet your needs, this includes actions to:

  • Train and help you to write and implement local workforce plans to ensure they are robust, realistic, and affordable
  • Undertake workforce information survey and analysis, including identifying addressing gaps in intelligence
  • Identify good practice to help the Children and Young People and Adult Learning Disability and/or Autism workforce and ultimately the support/ care offered
  • Identify education and qualifications pathways for the Children and Young People and Adult Learning Disability and/or Autism workforce
  • Engage effectively with key stakeholders

Contact your local workforce leads


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Midlands and East

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Kent, Surrey, Sussex

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National Contacts

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Please share the attached easy read version of the update and we welcome any feedback from about what’s useful.

Thanks and best wishes,

NHS England’s learning disability programme


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