Working with people who have a mental health problem and a co-existing learning disability.
AWP has signed the MENCAP Getting it Right Charter which will support us in making reasonable adjustments to our services to improve access for those with learning disabilities and mental health problems.
Last year, CQC inspected the 12 bedded Lansdowne Assessment and Treatment Unit on the Blackberry Hill Hospital site in Bristol and found that the Trust was in breach of national regulations covering the safety and suitability of the premises and the care and welfare of patients.
The Trust had recognised that the building which hosted Lansdowne was no longer an appropriate environment for service users with learning disabilities and mental health problems who had complex needs. Having at that time been unable to identify suitable alternative specialist premises, we decided to temporarily vacate the unit and suspend the service.
We are working with commissioners to review current learning disability guidance and to determine the most effective ways of meeting the mental health needs of people with learning disabilities.
Staff have been temporarily redeployed within AWP and we are keeping them informed of the discussions on the future of the service.