Report of the Head of Adult Commissioning and Health (ACS/18/90) on the Joint Strategy for Adults with a Learning Disability in Devon, attached.
Also attached to the agenda is the Easy Read version of the Cabinet report, the Strategy (Living well with a Learning Disability in Devon 2018 – 2022) together with a full and summary easy read version.
An Impact Assessment is also attached for the attention of Members at this meeting.
(Councillors Dewhirst, Hannaford and Whitton attended in accordance with Standing Order 25(2) and spoke to this item).
The Cabinet considered the Report of the Head of Adult Commissioning and Health (ACS/18/90) circulated prior to the meeting in accordance with regulation 7(4) of the Local Authorities (Executive Arrangements) (Meetings and Access to Information) (England) Regulations 2012 on the joint strategy, ‘Living Well with a Learning Disability in Devon 2018-2022’.
Also circulated with the papers was an easy read version of the Cabinet Report, the Strategy (Living Well with a Learning Disability in Devon 2018 – 2022) together with a full and summary easy read version.
The Report highlighted that across Devon, Plymouth and Torbay there was a desire to promote the independence of people with learning disabilities and help people achieve what mattered to them. The joint strategy, ‘Living Well with a Learning Disability in Devon 2018-2022’, built on the progress made since the publication of the 2014-2017 joint strategy, setting out a refreshed approach to improve the lives of adults with a learning disability, to support them to be as independent as possible and lead meaningful lives within their communities.
There were 20,586 adults with a learning disability across Devon, Plymouth and Torbay, and 3,530 of those received adult social care services. People with learning disabilities had markedly poorer physical and mental health than their non-disabled peers in Devon, Plymouth and Torbay and only 7% of adults with a learning disability across Devon were in paid employment in 2017.
The refreshed joint strategy was part of the Council’s wider work to improve how people with disabilities were supported to be confident, resilient and connected. It was part of a programme of work across the health and social care system to improve the lives and address health inequalities of people with learning disabilities and would support Local Authorities and the NHS to commission quality support, within the context of significant financial challenges.
The strategy set out the actions across Devon, Plymouth and Torbay that were best enabled by working at scale, for example working together to have more appropriate housing, support more people with a learning disability in Devon to have a job and improve access to healthcare for improved physical and mental health outcomes.
There would be regularly reporting on progress to the Health and Wellbeing Boards in each Council area and the Learning Disability Partnerships Boards would also have an important role in the monitoring of any local action plans. The strategy would also be regularly reviewed, particularly in light of the Government’s forthcoming Green Paper on adult social care to ensure reflection of both national and local contexts.
An Impact Assessment was also circulated for the attention of Members at the meeting. This reported that the Strategy set out aspirations that would only have a positive impact given its aims to promote independence, choice and control for people with learning disabilities. It also highlighted that successful implementation should improve the social wellbeing of people with learning disabilities and their parents / carers, and there should also be improvements in the social cohesion of local communities.
The matter having been debated and the options and/or alternatives and other relevant factors (e.g. financial, sustainability, carbon impact, risk management, equality and legal considerations and Public Health impact) set out in the Head of Service’s Report and/or referred to above having been considered:
It was MOVED by Councillor Leadbetter, SECONDED by Councillor Hart, and
(a) that the joint strategy, ‘Living Well with a Learning Disability in Devon 2018-2022’ be approved and the engagement undertaken and next steps be noted.
[NB: The Impact Assessment referred to above may be viewed alongside Minutes of this meeting and may also be available at: http://new.devon.gov.uk/impact/].