Since the NHS was founded on 5 July 1948 there have been huge changes in the way we think about mental health and learning disability – and in how we support people. Take a look at some of the key milestones and developments over the last 70 years and how they have affected what we do in Devon.
Learning disability inpatient services at Langdon Hospital in Dawlish close. The majority of people living there were ‘repatriated’ back to their families, to where they had previously lived or moved into local residential provision across Devon.
Care in the Community Green Paper recommends the closure of long-stay hospitals due to increasing criticism and concern about the quality of long term care for dependent people. The policy aims to make adequate provision wherever possible for the care and treatment of people in the community.
Open Dialogue is initiated in Western Lapland in Finland. An innovative approach to people in a psychiatric crisis. Results show reduction in hospitlisation, use of medication and recididivism, when compared to usual treatments.