The future for Seeleys House clients

Two Workshops were held at the begining of August and the notes of these workshops have been posted in the Useful Documents Future of adult social care 2017 folder. As part of the actions from both meetings BCC will be completing and distributing:

  • Terms of Reference for the project
  • 6 month communications timeline – this will outline the meetings/ workshops with dates, times and locations.
  • Updated FAQ’s – they are working on adding these to the Buckinghamshire County Council website as they will be evolving throughout the project.

At the Day Service Workshop it was confirmed that BCC acknowledges that there is a group of people who will continue to need a building based service. Also that people with challenging behaviour will not be put together with vulnerable clients (unlike what has unfortunately happened in the past). A clear request was made for us to be told what Cabinet had asked CHASC to achieve.

22:48, 23 Aug 2017 by Tim Addison

Information relating to the County Council's mid-2017 proposals will be posted in this section of this website or under 'Useful Documents'. These posts may include notes of meetings, correspondence and so on. Documents will be posted under "Useful Documents" in the  "Future of adult social care 2017" folder. For example the notes of the meeting held on 17 July, a set of FAQs and a letter inviting people to the initial workshops are included.

When writing to the Council it is helpful to include as an addressee so that BCC can keep a record of all submissions. If you wish to ue 'snail-mail' the postal address is

Leah Smith - Senior Commissioning Officer
Day Opportunities/ Short Breaks
Buckinghamshire County Council
5th Floor
County Hall
Walton Street
HP20 1YU

Details of forthcoming meetings will be posted under future events and will also appear on the home page.

14:48, 26 Jul 2017 by Tim Addison

An information meeting was held on Monday 17 July at Adams Park attended by about 30 parents and carers associated with Seeleys, Hillcrest and Spring Valley following a meeting between BCC and FOSH and SBAD.

Jane Bowie, Director of Joint Commissioning, Health and Adult Social Care, told us that the proposed move to a new building at the Orchard House site had been cancelled. In fact there will be no new Day Centres built. It appears that some of the existing Day Centres are running at between 32% and 77% capacity and that the plans proposed in the "Having a Good Day" consultation in 2010 were no longer valid.

They say they are not talking about withdrawing services but do want to work with carers and service users to look at alternatives (remember Orchard House would have catered for a wider range of people than Seeleys, including older people and people on the autistic spectrum as well as PMLD). It was pointed out that there are some people (perhaps 50 at Seeleys and Hillcrest) for whom a building based service was appropriate and needed.

As far as Respite is concerned it is clear that they must offer a service that is acceptable for both Social Care funded and Health funded clients and that only one centre in the south of the county is not ideal.

So now we know what is not happening. For the next step the starting point will be a couple of workshops on the 2nd and 8th August.

21:15, 24 Jul 2017 by Tim Addison


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