30 October 2015
Homes not hospitals: Daisy Drive recognised nationally
An 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
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
"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
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.