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The Future of Replacement Care

The Covid-19 pandemic has meant that we have had to look at different ways of offering services to adults with a learning disability. 

Replacement care services had previously been reviewed in 2019, but with the coronavirus pandemic affecting how many people can access building-based services at any one time, the County Council has explored other options to ensure services can be offered in different ways.  Now, we want to look again at these services to understand how they can embrace the changes that have been made, and make sure the services are fit for the future.

Replacement care, commonly referred to as ‘Respite’ by people who use these services and their carers, give carers of adults with a learning disability a break from their caring role and can be delivered in a residential setting, or can take place in the home.  

We would like to hear from people with learning disabilities who use the service, their carers, professionals and people who offer services before a number of options are put before our cabinet later this year.

We have developed two survey’s; one for carers and another for professionals and other stakeholders. The survey will be open until 5pm on 15 September 2021 to give people the best opportunity to respond. The responses that people give us through this survey will remain anonymous.

A printable version of the questionnaires can be found below for you to print and return via post if you would prefer not to submit them online:

We have developed an easy read version of the survey and can arrange for individual or group sessions to be delivered either face to face or virtually with a member of staff trained in Makaton. If you would like to arrange one of these sessions please get in contact with us.

We have also organised a number of face to face sessions across the county which will operate on an appointment basis. If you would like to speak to our officers and give your views in person, please contact us via email at david.ault@staffordshire.gov.uk or telephone on 01785 276567 to book your appointment before 2 September 2021. Details of the face to face sessions are below:

Location:  Staffordshire Moorlands District Council
Date:  6 September 2021
Time:  10am – 4pm 
Address:  Staffordshire Moorlands District Council
Moorlands House
Stockwell Street
Leek  ST13 6HQ

Location:  Lichfield Guildhall
Date:  7 September 2021
Time:  10am – 4pm
Address:  Lichfield Guildhall
Bore Street
Lichfield  WS13 6LX

Location:  Tamworth Library
Date:  8 September 2021
Time: 10am – 4pm
Address:  Tamworth Library
2nd Floor Office
Corporation Street
Tamworth  B79 7DN

Location:  Codsall Village Hall
Date:  9 September 2021
Time:  10am – 4pm
Address:  Codsall Village Hall
Wolverhampton Road
South Staffordshire  WV8 1PL

Location:  Cannock Rugby Club
Date:  10 September 2021
Time:  10am – 4pm
Address:  Cannock Rugby Club
The Morgan Ground
Stafford Road 
Huntington  WS12 4PD

Location:  Staffordshire Place 1
Date:  13 September 2021
Time:  10am – 4pm
Address:  Staffordshire Place 1
Tipping Street
Stafford  ST16 2DH

Location:  Newcastle Specialist Day Services
Date:  14 September 2021
Time:  10am – 4pm
Address:  Newcastle Specialist Day Opportunities
Wilmot Drive
Newcastle  ST5 9AZ

Location:  Burton Town Hall
Date:  15 September 2021
Time:  10am – 4pm
Address:  Burton Town Hall
King Edward Place
Burton On Trent  DE14 2EB

You can also write to us at the postal address below: 

Taryn Poole
All Age Disability & Mental Health Commissioning Team
Staffordshire County Council
Staffordshire Place 1
Tipping Street 
Stafford  ST16 2DH

Email your views to david.ault@staffordshire.gov.uk. Alternatively call us on 01785 276567 and arrange for a Commissioner to give you a call back, Or you can request a paper copy of the survey, via email or telephone using the details above.

Opportunity to take part in care home focus groups ‌

We are working with The Social Care Institute for Excellence, a national social care charity, to review what is working well with care homes in Staffordshire and what could be improved. They are very interested in hearing from any local carers who have experience of looking after family or friends who have spent time in a care home and have views to share. 

If you are interested in taking part, please contact Rachel Lewis, project manager, at rachel.lewis@scie.org.uk or on 07557 389 466.

Learning Disability and/or Autism Carers Forum

The council is supporting a local parent, David Denison, to establish a Carer Forum which will be independent of the council, where carers can express their views on a variety of topics related to living with a learning disability and / or autism in Staffordshire.

If you are a carer of an adult or child aged 14 or over, with a learning disability and / or autism and feel you have the time to take part in this, and want to contribute to the discussion, please get in touch with David Denison via email: dave.denison@btinternet.com, or via telephone on 07876 508 330.

The council will also be looking to establish a Citizen Forum in the future, where people with learning disabilities and / or autism are able to give their views to the county council. More details on this will be available soon. 

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