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Winterbourne View Workshops

The NDTi were commissioned by the Winterbourne View Joint Improvement Programme (WVJIP) to run a series of workshops across the country to support local areas to reduce the number of people in in-patient units, and develop robust alternatives in the community.

Winterbourne View Workshops

The first series of workshops were for NHS England specialised commissioners, Clinical Commissioning Group and Local Authority commissioners, and followed two national workshops for commissioners across the NHS and LA at the beginning of February 2014.  Feedback from these workshops indicated that one of the problems local areas faced was lack of clarity regarding the respective roles of specialised and local commissioners. 

The workshops aimed to:

  • Identify local challenges to developing a clear pathway between services commissioned by specialised NHS commissioners, and those commissioned by local NHS and social care commissioners;
  • Discuss potential solutions to the challenges identified;
  • Record and feed back to the WVJIP any issues which need national actions;
  • Agree individual action plans that local areas will implement, including how they are going to involve people with learning disabilities and or Autism and family carers – with a plan to follow up on these actions during a second round of workshops in approximately six months time.


For further information including a report on these workshops see www.local.gov.uk/place-i-call-home

The second series of workshops built on the first, with a focus on prevention, co-production, what works across the partnerships and solutions to any barriers specifically in relation to:

  • Preventing adults with learning disabilities from being admitted to in-patient units;
  • Early intervention with children, young people and their families.

Commissioners were asked to come prepared to report on progress following the first workshop, and a wider range of stakeholders were invited, including people with learning disabilities, family carers and providers.

The third series of workshops focuses on early intervention for children, young people and their families, and a life course approach to support for children and young people who challenge services, and their families. The workshops aim to bring key stakeholders from child and adult services together across regions to:

  • Build or strengthen relationships across adult and child social care services, education and the NHS
  • Develop a shared understanding of the national drivers and strategy regarding children and young people who challenge services, including the early intervention project and pathway
  • Prevent children and young people commencing on a pathway to in-patient services
  • Clarify respective roles and responsibilities
  • Map the current situation in terms of partnership working
  • Identify barriers and solutions to developing a life course approach
  • Share examples of good practice
  • Agree key areas to work on regarding early intervention, prevention and a life course approach

A report from these workshops will be available on the above website.