United Response is launching a new free-of-charge resource today aimed at making the move from long-stay institution to community setting more successful for people with learning disabilities and autism.

Over the last few years, United Response has supported a number of people with complex disabilities to make this move. Our Practice Development Team has drawn on these experiences, looking at what works and what doesn’t work to create the “Transforming Care: New Referral Checklist”. The resource brings together learning from staff, people supported by the organisation, family members and a range of professionals into a single detailed checklist.

Broken down into sequential steps, the checklist details the eight phases needed to successfully move someone back to their community. The checklist covers the development of partnership agreements between stakeholders with defined roles and responsibilities for before, during and after the move; service specification and service design; staff skills and knowledge; living environment and practice leadership.

Distributed free-of-charge, the checklist is available to anyone involved in creating new services for people with substantial levels of challenging behaviour, from families, through to commissioners and service providers.

Alongside the checklist, United Response is launching two further resources today. “Transforming Care”, provides an overview of our approach to supporting people to move on from long-stay institutions and to live happily in their local community. “Positive Behaviour Support and Active Support”, which has been written by United Response with support from the Tizard Centre and Avenues Trust, highlights the extent to which Active Support underpins the effective implementation of Positive Behaviour Support and provides tips on what to look for when commissioning services for people with learning disabilities.

All three resources, can be downloaded free-of-charge:

Positive Behaviour Support and Active Support

New referral checklist

Transforming Care

Sarah Bartlett, head of press and appeals.