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New short breaks centre for Buckinghamshire approved by County Council

| October 1, 2019

A new short breaks centre for people who have a learning disability, autism or physical and sensory disability has been given the go-ahead by Buckinghamshire County Council.

On Monday 30th September 2019, Buckinghamshire County Council approved the investment of a £3.5million for a new improved residential centre in Aylesbury.

The centre will provide high quality short breaks for people who have a learning disability, autism or physical and sensory disability.

While the current day service will be retained at Beaconsfield, the decision announced by the County Council will mean that overnight short breaks service will move into redeveloped premises in Aylesbury.

During the development of the new centre, the services currently offered at Aylesbury Opportunities Centre will be relocated and all affected clients and their families will continue to have access to support and services.

Lin Hazell, Buckinghamshire County Council Cabinet Member for Health and Wellbeing, said: ‘Buckinghamshire is in the fortunate position of already having a suitable site at Aylesbury Opportunities Centre which will be upgraded to provide a state of the art facility.

The building currently used is not fit for purpose and the new site gives us the opportunity to make significant improvements such as more bed capacity and the additional offer of nursing care.

We have listened to families who use the service and taken on board their concerns about how changes would affect them, and would like to thank those who have been involved in the consultation process.

Dr Raj Bajwa; Clinical Chair for Buckinghamshire NHS Clinical Commissioning Group said : ‘We welcome the decision by Buckinghamshire County Council which will ensure the provision of a short breaks facility which is fit for the twenty first century. It is a first for Buckinghamshire to have a service which is jointly commissioned and brings together both the resources and the funding in a partnership between health and social care. Being able to offer an improved respite facility across the whole county for people who have multiple needs which are complex, or who have additional behavioural requirements, is a very positive step.

The decision by the County Council to develop a new short breaks centre does not affect the Day Opportunities Service which is provided by Seeleys for residents with a range of disability needs.

*Source of article : Press release from Buckinghamshire County Council.

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