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Norman Lamb highlights role of health and wellbeing boards in reforming care following Winterbourne View

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The Care and Support Minister has written to the chairs of health and wellbeing boards.

In his letter, Norman Lamb has set out the crucial role that the chairs of health and wellbeing boards will play in putting into action the commitments in the Winterbourne View Concordat and the Department of Health’s response to Winterbourne View.

He stressed that the care reviews of people with learning disabilities, autism, mental health and behaviour that challenges, in acute hospital settings, need to be carried out by 1 June. He also highlighted the role of the chairs in challenging the ambition of the joint strategic plans being drawn up by clinical commissioning groups and local authorities, and in helping to make sure the right clinical and managerial leadership and infrastructure are in place.

Norman Lamb chairs the Learning Disability Programme Board, which works to improve health and wellbeing outcomes for people with learning disabilities and their families and monitors the delivery of the changes set out in the Department of Health review of Winterbourne View.