The CEO of a local charity has been jointly appointed by the Department of Health, NHS England and Local Government Association to lead the Winterbourne View Joint Improvement Programme.
Local charity MacIntyre announcef that their CEO, Bill Mumford, had been picked to lead the programme.
In May 2011 the BBC One Panorama TV programme exposed institutional physical and psychological abuse targeted at a number of people with learning disabilities who had been referred to the privately run Winterbourne View treatment and assessment unit in Bristol.
Since this exposure by Panorama, progress to review similar placements and to find suitable alternatives for people has been ‘slow’ says MacIntyre. And the Department of Health is keen for the Joint Improvement Team, led by Bill, to accelerate progress.
Bill has been selected to lead the Joint Improvement Programme based on his ‘professional experience, unique skills and lifelong experience’ in the sector.
He said: “I am delighted to be asked to oversee the Winterbourne View Joint Improvement Programme: everybody should have hope for a good future and that must include people with learning disabilities who find themselves confined inappropriately in assessment and treatment units.
“All of us in the sector need to work with more urgency and focus to provide proper local support to the individuals and their families. As CEO of MacIntyre I have longstanding experience of the complexities that create barriers to best practice but also have direct experience of how to create better futures for people and their families.
“Our common endeavour must be to quickly restore confidence that this will be the norm.”
Care and Support Minister Norman Lamb added: “The Joint Improvement Programme has a crucial role to play in transforming care for people with learning disabilities and or autism and challenging behaviour or mental ill health and making sure those who are able to can live in their own community with support by June 2014.
“We know that some progress has been made – but I am impatient to see real cultural change. There is still a long way to go. Bill Mumford will provide strong leadership at a critical time to drive this work forward and I welcome his appointment.”
MacIntyre, which is based at South Seventh Street in central Milton Keynes, was featured as an exemplar in the Cavendish Report and, more recently, in the Department of Health “Learning Disabilities Good Practice Project”, featuring one of MacIntyre’s projects which provides a positive, cost effective alternative to the Winterbourne View type of provision.