Building Together

NHS Nene and Corby Clinical Commissioning Groups plan and buy health services for people with learning disabilities in Northamptonshire.

We want to make sure that people get the right care, in the right place and at the right time.

We want to make sure that people are healthy and happy wherever they choose to live.

If you would like to find out more about the things we are doing, please click on tabs below:

Transforming Care: A national response to Winterbourne View Hospital (December 2012) and subsequent reports, including Building the Right Support (2015), set out a national commitment to improve services for people with learning disabilities and/or autism, who display behaviour that challenges, including those with a mental health condition.  

As a result, 48 Transforming Care Partnerships have been formed across the Country to drive a system-wide change and enable more people to live closer to home in their community with the right support.  The Northamptonshire Transforming Care Partnership consists of Northamptonshire County Council, NHS Nene Clinical Commissioning Group, NHS Corby Clinical Commissioning Group (The CCGs) and NHS England Specialised Commissioning. 

The Northamptonshire Transforming Care Plan sets out a focus on prevention and early intervention so our work will concentrate on strengthening services to ensure individuals can remain in their preferred community based setting for as long as possible, even during periods of ill health.  We will also focus on new models of care that integrate health and care services to make it easier to keep people healthy and ensure individuals can access the right services when they are required.  We will work with all of our Providers to make sure they have the right skills and commission more supported living options as well as short term autism specific residential beds and enable individuals to use personal budgets so that individuals have greater choice and control over their support. Where hospital care is required there will be procedures in place to ensure individuals are discharged as soon as is possible.

A Northamptonshire Learning Disability Transformation Board will hold us all to account in delivering the local Plan. The Transformation Board will monitor our progress against the Plan and the things we said we would do.

Transforming Care Full Plan
Transforming Care Plan easy read
Transforming Care national response easy read
Building the Right Support easy read

NHS Nene CCG, NHS Corby CCG and the County Council (the Commissioners) have worked together to buy a Quality Checker Service. 

Quality Checkers are experts by experience because they are people who use services. The Quality Checkers speak to people (and staff) in residential homes (and other settings) and then write a report. They send the report to commissioners so that we know what is working well, what’s not working so well and what needs to change.  The Quality Checkers advise providers about things that can improve so people have a better experience of their care.  

The Quality Checker Service have produced a poster, a newsletter and there are two presentations which you can see by clicking the links below:

Presentation 1: The Quality Checkers Project
Presentation 2: The Quality Checker Service
Quality Checkers 15-16 annual presentation

If you would like to know more about the Quality Checker Service please contact either Claira Ferreira on 01604 651207 or the project coordinator Karen Carpenter on Tel: 020 335 58846.

NHS Nene and Corby Clinical Commissioning Groups want to make sure that our services support people at the right time and in the right place, either to help people stay at home, live in their own home or live in places that enable happy and fulfilling lives. 

We recently carried out a survey to listen to the views of people with learning disabilities, their parents/family carers/circles of support and staff/services/organisations to help in shaping specialist healthcare services for people with learning disabilities.

Please see the reports below to read about what people said:

Building Together Survey

Building Together easy read Report

The National Development Team for Inclusion (NDTi) facilitated our  ‘Building Together ‘ workshop on 19 September 2013.   We presented the survey results at the workshop.  NDTi have made some recommendations to us and we will be working on an action plan and include out partners in this so that we can improve the health, wellbeing and quality of life for people with learning disabilities in Northamptonshire.

Click here for the NDTi report.

If you have any queries, please contact Claira Ferreira, Commissioning Lead for Learning Disabilities on 01604 651207 or email

We have recently held a housing event as part of our Building Together engagement and brought together council housing partners, housing associations, private landlords, preferred support providers and health/social care colleagues to discuss local housing options to enable ordinary living for people with learning disabilities. We will provide further updates on this work as and when available.

Our Housing Rights

What is happening in Northamptonshire?

Person Centered Support

Round up

People with a learning disability often have poorer physical and mental health than other people. This does not need to be the case.

People with learning disabilities are admitted to hospital more often and when admitted they stay longer than the general population. They also have more hospital admissions that should have been avoidable.

In response to these startling findings Northamptonshire CCG’s employ 4 Learning Disability Strategic Health Facilitators whose role is to support health services to understand the health needs of people with learning disabilities and support them meet them equally and effectively.

The overall aim of their work is to reduce avoidable illness, preventable admissions and premature deaths of people with learning disabilities.

The team of four experienced learning disability practitioners work alongside the 74 GP practices and both Acute Hospitals; NGH and KGH. They have the knowledge and skills to provide training, advice and support for Primary care and Acute care staff in meeting the health needs of people with a learning disability. 

Last updated: 27/01/2020