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20 July 2016, 13:03 | Updated: 20 July 2016, 13:16
The NHS has allocated £1.2m in funding to help people with learning disabilities and autism in Hampshire live more independently in their local community.
It is hoped it will be used to buy and develop homes for people to live on their own in a safe, and supportive environment, rather than people needing to be admitted to hospital.
It will work by developing en-suite studio flats to help individuals trial living on their own and developing daily skills. The funding will also provide a registered crisis/respite service with nursing for people at risk of being admitted to specialist learning disability assessments and treatment units (ATUs).
The change in approach to helping people with learning disabilities has come as a result of an abuse scandal identified at Winterbourne View home in South Gloucestershire. A project called Transforming Care Partnerships has been set up to change how services are commissioned
Heather Hauschild, Senior Responsible Officer of the Transforming Care Partnership in Hampshire and the Isle of Wight, and Chief Officer of NHS West Hampshire CCG, said:
"The money we will receive, as a result of the hard work by colleagues across Hampshire, will be used to directly support people with learning disabilities.
"We want to make sure that more people in our area with a learning disability and / or autism are closer to home and out of a hospital setting. I know that other schemes are being taken forward across the country and I am really pleased to see real progress being made for our population in Hampshire.
"People with learning disabilities and/or autism should have the same opportunities for support in the community as anyone else. That's why we are doing all we can to support this very important programme."