Winterbourne View - Time is Running Out
Winterbourne View—Time is Running Out conducted by Stephen Bubb from ACEVO gave a cautious welcome to Simon Steven’s commitment to close Winterbourne-style institutions and produce a transition plan in the autumn. seAp Advocacy support ACEVO’s view that discussions with third sector organisations and user groups should be taking place now to prepare for this transition to make sure that the right sorts of facilities that meet the needs of the individuals are ready to receive people. It was a message that national and regional broadcast and print was keen to convey, the highlight of which was 45 minutes on Radio 4’s You and Yours where so many distressing examples of the very difficult lives that too many people are still enduring.
NHS England has also just announced it was to take “urgent action” following research it had commissioned which revealed that 35,000 people with learning difficulties are being prescribed an antipsychotic, an antidepressant or both without appropriate clinical justification. Inappropriate medication was one the issues highlighted in the original Winterbourne View - Time for Change report. So progress is being made however the pressure needs to be kept on. Contact ACEVO policy researcher Kate Brittain - email@example.com - if you’d like to get involved.