Views sought on changes to complex needs day services
03 December 2018
Views are being sought on Neath Port Talbot Council’s proposed changes to its complex needs day services.
The proposal suggests a remodelling and relocation of the complex needs day services currently based at Abbeyview, Brynamlwg and Trem-Y-Mor. These services provide support to people with significant learning, physical, sensory, behavioural and health support needs.
The proposed new model would support people according to their needs. It would see two new specific services developed; complex autism and complex healthcare. People who require support for autism and health care would be located at Rhodes House (which includes the Brynamlwg site). The third arm of the service would provide support at Trem-Y-Mor for those with significant yet stable needs.
There are no proposed reductions in service or savings attached to this proposal. The reasons are to deliver better quality services that are specific to individual needs. It will ensure that each site is appropriately equipped to cater for specific requirement and, will enable staff teams to be trained in a highly specialised manner.
The current model is based on grouping people by what area of the county borough they live in. However, as these services have evolved it has become evident that this may not be the best way to provide specialised support to this most vulnerable group of people. For example, the needs of a person who is highly autistic with behavioural support needs will vary greatly to those of a person with exceptionally frail health and intensive health support needs.
A formal ‘management of change’ process will take place with all affected staff if the proposals are approved following the consultation. There will be no job losses or changes to staff pay and conditions but some staff may have to undertake the same type of work from a different location.
Councillor Peter Richards, Cabinet Member for Social Care, Health and Housing, said:
“One of our main priorities is to improve the wellbeing of all adults who live in the county borough. We want to ensure the care and support services we provide for people are fit for purpose.
Therefore, we are keen to receive as much feedback as possible to ensure we understand people’s views on the proposals and are fully informed before making any final decisions.”
There are a number of ways people can comment on the proposals. Online questionnaires can be completed by visiting the Council’s dedicated consultation webpage, www.npt.gov.uk/haveyoursay. Alternatively, people can complete paper copies which are available at each of the three complex needs day services or write to: Abbeyview Complex Needs Day Services, Unit 15, Neath Abbey Industrial Estate, Neath Abbey, Neath, SA10 7DR.