Transforming Care

For people with learning disabilities and/or autism

Around 21,000 people have learning disabilities in the Cheshire and Wirral area, almost 2% of the population. Around 40% of people with learning disabilities are known to experience mental health problems at any point in time.

A learning disability affects the way a person understands information and how they communicate - it affects everyday life for the person and their family. Some people can have multiple conditions such as epilepsy, other physical health problems, autism, and other developmental and mental health problems.

Building the right support

In line with the national strategy, ‘Building the Right Support’, Cheshire & Merseyside has a local plan to set out how local health and social care commissioners will transform services for people of all ages with a learning disability and/or autism, including those with a mental health condition. The drive is to develop better home- and community-based support and reduce unnecessary hospital admissions by 2019.

Andy Styring, Director of Operations, says: “We are committed to developing improved services and support with local people who access services, their families and carers. Whilst there are some things that we must do nationally, there is scope for us to make sure local services are designed in a way to meet our locally specific needs. We are working alongside people with learning disabilities to co-produce and deliver a new ‘stepped’ model of person-centred support that will take all needs into consideration and enable people to live more independently in their local community.

Confirm and challenge

Speaking Up Speaking Out (SUSO) in Macclesfield is a not-for profit organisation run with and for adults with learning disabilities and additional needs. Working alongside health and social care professionals, SUSO is helping to champion the voices of people with learning disabilities and/ or autism.

Jenny Carter, a self-advocate with autism, is a Director at ‘Together All Are Able’ in Wirral. She is part of the ‘confirm and challenge’ group and attends the transformation meetings. She says: “I get most of my support from family and friends – keeping busy and sticking to my routine helps me to manage and stay in control. Transforming Care is important because it gives people more choice of care and helps people who don’t need to be in hospital to get home.”

Proposals for service change will be publicly consulted on and widely promoted later down the line; however we want to ensure that people who are closest to the services have their say at the earliest opportunity to help inform proposals.

CWP services

CWP provides home-based and community services for people with learning disability and/or autism, but also delivers bed based services from:

Low Secure

Alderley Unit in Nether Alderley

Assessment and Treatment


Eastway in Chester

Greenways in Macclesfield

Short Breaks / Respite


Crook Lane in Winsford

Thorn Heys in Oxton

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