Supporting the Transforming Care Agenda to help change lives

Even before the Transforming Care Agenda began to be rolled out some years ago, Consensus was shaping the accommodation and skills of service teams to suit the precise needs of the individuals we support. Historically we have strived to offer the right models of support in the community for people with complex needs long before these became buzz-words in our sector. Today we’re still as committed to enabling individuals to explore their life goals, using our imagination and expertise to provide solutions that will help to achieve positive change.

This may mean supporting a person who has spent a long time in a hospital setting to move to a residential service a or it could mean helping someone move from a residential service to a supported living environment. Wherever we can, we aim to support people in services that are close to their friends, family and local community.

We also have a range of specialist forensic services for people who have or may in the future be at risk of coming into contact with the Criminal Justice System.



Positive risk taking and positive behavioural support

These are the twin key factors in ensuring a better life for people with highly complex needs. The Consensus Development Team always works in collaboration with individuals, their families, commissioners and local authorities. Our work is about constantly understanding and managing risk. When an individual leaves hospital after a long term stay, our aim is to minimise their risk of readmission. Offering greater choice and inclusion within the community comes with its own risks. But is also comes with huge opportunities, including enabling a person to have an improved quality of life.

Our Specialist Intervention Team, which includes our Positive Behaviour Intervention Team, acts to minimise risk as well as placement failure. They can be deployed at short notice to support any of the individuals and staff teams in our services UK-wide.

Developing services so people can remain close to their friends, family and local community

Our new bespoke service in Lancashire…

One of the challenges for commissioners in Lancashire has been to identify a provision in the community that can meet the needs of individuals with very complex needs, who are, in the main, being discharged from long-stay hospitals. Our new service in Barrowford, Pendle Gardens, is one of the first models of its kind in Lancashire and has been developed as a bespoke service for adult males with learning disabilities and additional complex needs looking to remain in their local area.


Debbie’s story and her move from a secure hospital into her own home


Life for Debbie, an individual with learning disabilities, personality disorder and complex needs has had its share of ups and downs. Debbie spent her childhood in care then on reaching adulthood she moved into her own flat but due to her vulnerability she was frequently burgled and had to give the flat up. Debbie was then moved to a long stay hospital, where with nowhere else to go she spent the next 23 years of her life. With the support of the Consensus team in the North, Debbie was able to achieve her vision for her life – living in her very own home within the community.