Work continues across West Yorkshire to build towards a centre of excellence for people with complex learning disabilities.

The ongoing work will see a new unit in Bradford, as a joint venture between Bradford District Care NHS Foundation Trust, Leeds and York Partnership NHS Foundation Trust and South West Yorkshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust as part of the West Yorkshire and Harrogate Health and Care Partnership collaborative work. Along with an existing service in Wakefield, the new unit will support the care of people with learning disabilities living in West Yorkshire and Barnsley.

This partnership working is all about more people being supported at home, in line with national policy and the transformation agenda, where it sees more people receiving support in the community, unless people need specialist care from an inpatient assessment and treatment unit.

The project will see the NHS Trust’s working collaboratively to ensure consistency of care for patients from two assessment and treatment Units (ATU’s), one in Bradford, on the site of Lynfield Mount Hospital which opens later this year and an already established unit, the ‘Horizon Centre’ in Fieldhead, Wakefield.

Patrick Scott, Senior Responsible Officer for the programme and Chief Operating Officer at Bradford District Care NHS Foundation Trust, said: “This work allows us to build on the different strengths of current service delivery and create positive change for service users and carers in terms of both experience and outcomes.”

ATU’s are highly specialist inpatient services for the assessment and treatment of adults over the age of 18 who have learning disabilities. Their work involves bringing stability and intensive support to people to help enable them to return to their life in the community.

The new unit at Bradford will provide eight of the total 16 beds for West Yorkshire and Bradford and will deliver a redesigned and improved therapeutic service for those in the unit. The remaining other eight beds will be provided from the Horizon Centre in Wakefield.

The team at Bradford is currently expanding its workforce to enable this truly collaborative approach that benefits those in need of specialist inpatient care. If you want to help us serve the people living across West Yorkshire so they can access high quality, specialised care as close to home as possible please visit NHS Jobs.

Tom Jackson, programme clinical lead and learning disabilities lead at South West Yorkshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust said: “We have worked closely with our service users and their families and carers to make sure that they have been fully included in the plans for our new inpatient assessment and treatment provision.

Working closely together, the two units at Lynfield Mount Hospital and Fieldhead Hospital will ensure that service users can receive the best possible care and treatment from highly skilled staff, and in the best possible environments, so that they can get back to living in their local communities as quickly as possible.”

Work has been ongoing to actively engage service users and carers in the design of the new provision including a formal engagement process.