Portsmouth service supporting adults with learning disabilities is rated outstanding

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A SERVICE which supports adults with learning disabilities has been rated as outstanding by the Care Quality Commission.

Portsmouth City Council’s Learning Disability Service was given the rating following an inspection of the service based at the Kestrel Centre, in St James’ Hospital.

It is a combined service bringing together the council’s social care staff and healthcare staff from Solent NHS Trust.

Areas highlighted in the report included:

n Staff’s respect and empowerment of service users.

n The development of innovative new approaches to care.

n A focus and responsiveness to the needs of service users.

n An on-going review of best practice and listening to the views of service users and their carers.

Councillor Luke Stubbs, the council’s cabinet member for adult social care, said: ‘I’m delighted our service has been rated as outstanding.

‘It’s a testament to all the hard work the teams put in on a daily basis.

‘It is fantastic the report recognises so many different positive elements, from the focus on service users and their needs right through to the leadership provided by our staff. We are committed to providing the best care possible and constantly strive to improve.’

Ian Chalcroft, Solent’s integrated learning disability service manager, added: ‘This is a huge achievement. We all work hard to do things in a respectful, caring and committed way and I am delighted for everyone in the team.’