Suzanne Edwards, CWP Director of Operations, said: “Having explored all opportunities available, CWP are sadly no longer able to provide specialist nurse-led learning disability respite care at Thorn Heys, Wirral and Crook Lane, Winsford due to ongoing recruitment challenges – felt nationally.

“This decision has not been taken lightly, but in recognition that families need a consistent offer which the Trust is unable to provide at present and cannot guarantee to provide in the future. We understand that some families will find this news upsetting and acknowledge the uncertainty regarding the future of local short break services - we are working closely, alongside commissioners and local authority colleagues, to support each individual and family affected.

“Over the last few years it has been difficult to recruit specialist registered learning disability nurses within CWP. During this time we have had to prioritise the allocation of staff to our learning disability assessment and treatment units as these have the most vulnerable individuals requiring the most help.

“We will continue to support commissioner’s commitment to fulfil Transforming Care principles that individual short break needs are best met in a non-healthcare, community environment. CWP’s commitment is, and continues to be, to improve the lives of those with a learning disability and/or autism working alongside commissioning colleagues to ensure people with lived experience of services, their families, carers are at the heart of shaping care in their communities. We again thank our colleagues and families for the support given during this transition period.

“If anyone is affected by this, we encourage you to get in touch via email or by calling 0800 195 4462.”

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