30 October 2015

Homes not hospitals: Daisy Drive recognised nationally

Daisy DriveAn NHS England report published today sets out a number of reforms to the way that people with learning disabilities will be cared for nationally.

In 'Building the Right Support', the report's key message is 'homes not hospitals'; central to the plan is the provision of new, high-quality community based services that offer better care option; such as Daisy Drive currently being built in Devizes.

Named after its flower shaped design, Daisy Drive has received national recognition as it will provide a modern, purpose built service and a 'home from home' for up to nine people with complex learning disabilities and challenging behaviour. Individuals will live within a home setting and each living area will be fully equipped with a kitchen, en-suite and lounge allowing independent living and self-management.

Avon and Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership Trust (AWP) and NHS Wiltshire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) have worked together on providing this new service, which is due to open next summer.

Deborah Fielding, Accountable Officer of Wiltshire CCG, said "We are delighted to be able to bring Wiltshire patients back to the county and provide them with a specialised service totally designed to enable them to live a fulfilled and meaningful life within a community setting.

"Wiltshire CCG is committed to provide the right care for individuals closer to their family and in a care setting that provides the highest quality of service suitable to their specific needs."

Jane Anderson, AWP's Clinical Lead for Specialised Services, says that the new accommodation will provide a safe and supportive environment: "For some people with complex learning disabilities, living at home is not always an option as they can require specialised care in the right setting.

"The new service has been designed to create a home for them which, while equipped and staffed to meet their needs, will feel as far from a clinical unit as possible."

Daisy Drive will provide an enhanced quality of life for individuals. Their care will be planned, proactive and coordinated with their involvement so that they have choice and control over how their care needs are met, putting them at the centre of everything we do.


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