Following pressure from campaigners (including My Life My Choice) Southern Health NHS Trust will no longer be running services for people with learning disabilities in Oxfordshire.

We are pleased to welcome Oxford Health NHS Trust as the new provider. Some of the My Life My Choice Champions met with Oxford Health CEO Stuart Bell and Programme Director for the Learning Disability Transition Liz Williams to ask them some questions about their plans.

Here’s what we found out…

My Life My Choice said: How is Oxford Health going to promote self-advocacy and listen respectfully to people with learning disabilities?

Oxford Health agreed that they would invite us to attend a Board Seminar and continue monthly meetings with the Programme Director.

My Life My Choice said: What assurances can you give us that the story of Connor Sparrowhawk won’t be repeated?

Oxford Health agreed that they could not promise that things would not go wrong, but that they would respond differently.

My Life My Choice said: How can My Life My Choice help Oxford Health to deliver an outstanding service for people with learning disabilities in Oxfordshire?

Oxford Health agreed that having meetings and hearing everyone’s views is a good place to start. They spoke about inviting My Life My Choice and Oxford Family Support Network (together named as Real People, Real Voices) to be part of peer reviews.

My Life My Choice said: The number of health checks carried out for people with learning disabilities in Oxfordshire falls below the national average. How can Oxford Health help us to improve on this sorry tale?

The Programme Director explained that they would offer some more community team resources to health and wellbeing checks.

My Life My Choice said: Will Oxford Health engage the My Life My Choice Power Up training team to help train your staff?

Oxford Health said “Yes we will.”

My Life My Choice said: Will Oxford Health engage the My Life My Choice inspections team to help monitor and evaluate the Oxford Health services?

Oxford Health agreed that they would, through their own peer review and also through the Transforming Care Partnership Board Quality sub-group.

My Life My Choice said: Would Oxford Health consider having somebody with a learning disability serving on their Board?

We talked about this and agreed that the best way to do this might be through the Council of Governors and having a Board Champion.

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