Decisions made locally about people should involve others with experience of needing support for mental health problems or challenging behaviour, or their family or carers. 

You can help to shape local decisions made by Transforming Care Partnerships (TCPs) about people who are on the autism spectrum and/or have a learning disability and complex needs. Download some important resources below to help you.

Guide for campaigners – how to check up on your TCP

The questions in this guide will help you find out what your local area is doing to transform care for people with a learning disability and/or autism who display challenging behaviour. They will also help you check your TCP is making the right decisions and involving the right people.

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Guidance for TCPs – how to involve the right people in your plans

This guidance will help TCPs understand how to involve children, young people and adults with a learning disability and/or autism, and their families, in their work.

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What is Transforming care?

In 2015, NHS England published a new, national plan under the Transforming Care agenda. This plan aims to make sure people who are on the autism spectrum and/or have a learning disability and complex needs aren't living in inappropriate inpatient units. It also aims to make sure those people are supported to live in community-based settings.

The plan proposes a reduction of up to 50% in the number of inpatient beds, and some units will close altogether.

As part of this plan, NHS England set up Transforming Care Partnerships (TCPs), which bring together decision makers from neighbouring local authorities and Clinical Commissioning Groups.

Local boards like Autism Partnership Boards have a very important role to play. They can ask questions to TCPs about their plans and what they are doing. 

About our free guides

Produced with Mencap and the Challenging Behaviour Foundation, these guides were produced as part of the Strategic Partners Programme with the Department of Health and NHS England.

You can use them to:

Find out who your local decision maker is

NHS England has a list of TCPs across the country, so you can find out how to contact them.