Comparing Housing and Support Models for Adults with Learning Disabilities

A chance to contribute to an exciting project investigating what  constitutes good supported living/residential care services and the associated costs.

 

Nearly £3 billion a year is spent by English councils on supported living and residential care for adults with learning disabilities. Despite the large amounts of public money being spent, we know very little about how good supported living/residential care services are, and how much they really cost.

NDTi are working with Lancaster University on two projects to collect up-to-date evidence about what makes good housing support for adults with learning disabilities, and what costs are associated with good housing support.

Our first project is crowd funded and we have already undertaken varied pieces of work and published our initial findings, which you can find here. As part of this we have also undertaken a review of guidance, resources and tools for measuring and monitoring the quality of housing services for people with learning disabilities and we are currently working to develop a way to usefully bring these together to share freely with others, in an accessible manner.

NDTi would now like to find out more about current practices of Commissioners and Service Providers around measuring and monitoring the quality of housing services for people with learning disabilities and what tools would be useful for this.

So, we have developed two short online surveys. They shouldn’t take more than 15 minutes to complete.

  • One is for Commissioners and can be found here.
  • One is for Service Providers and can be found here.

Hearing directly from Commissioners and Service Providers about their views and experiences will really help us with our research.

These perspectives will then contribute to the larger housing research project we are working on that has been funded by the National Institute for Health Research. For this research we are looking for organisations providing supported living and/or residential care for adults with learning disabilities in England, and people they are supporting, to take part in this project. We anticipate starting visits to participating services in spring 2020. We believe that it is useful for providers to have a better understanding of what factors in their services help lead to good outcomes for individuals and that this study will provide evidence about this. Further information about this project can be found here.

 

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