A consultation on moving three Assessment and Treatment Learning Disability in-patient beds at Pond Lane Hospital to existing services in Dudley, Walsall and Sandwell

Have your say

We are asking for your views about the moving of the three Assessment and Treatment Learning Disability in-patient beds at Pond Lane Hospital to other in-patient services within the Black Country Partnership NHS Foundation Trust (BCPFT) in Dudley, Walsall and Sandwell.

NHS Wolverhampton Clinical Commissioning Group (WCCG) is responsible for commissioning healthcare services for people with learning disabilities and/or autism. We need to find new ways of purchasing high quality care to the best standards and this means transforming how we do it.


Thank you for all who took part in our consultation. The consultation is now closed.

The CCG Governing Body approved the proposal to close the three Pond Lane beds and deliver the three beds at BCPFT's other sites in Dudley, Walsall and Sandwell. The report and minutes showing approval are here.


What is the Learning Disability Assessment and Treatment Service and how is it delivered now?
The Pond Lane Learning Disability Assessment and Treatment Service is a hospital for adults with learning disabilities who are registered with a Wolverhampton GP and who need to go into hospital because of a mental health problem or a behaviour that is labelled as challenging.

People are supported with their mental health problems by the specially trained team of staff – including nurses, psychiatrists, occupational therapists and psychologists. People stay at Pond Lane for a short time, and go home as soon as they are well enough.

Why does this need to change?
Pond Lane site is isolated from the Trust’s other services for people with learning disabilities. This raises environmental, clinical and staffing concerns which have an impact on the delivery of the service to this very vulnerable group. WCCG and BCPFT feel that a clinically safer and more viable service could be provided at BCPFT’s other Learning Disability Inpatient services in Dudley, Walsall and Sandwell. All of these services are less isolated and provide a full Assessment and Treatment Service. They are all accessible by public transport.

The Right Care in the right place
At the moment the three beds in Pond Lane are temporarily closed. This is in line with reduced levels of demand for Wolverhampton patients. Wolverhampton does not currently have any adults with learning disabilities who need assessment or treatment in a hospital setting, it is also in keeping with the NHS England’s Transforming Care Programme. This Programme is about making sure that more people are supported to have Assessment and Treatment provided at home wherever this is possible - by community teams with specially trained social workers, nurses, psychologists, psychiatrists and other staff. It is also about making sure that people only go to hospital because their health needs cannot be met safely in the community at that time, with everybody making sure that hospital care is of high quality and for the shortest time possible.

Public and patient feedback
We have carried out pre-engagement with patients, families, carers and service commissioners from 16 May – 6 June 2016. We held two events specifically for service users, their families and carers and scoped views from WCCG and BCBFT stakeholder lists (which total over 300 organisations), such as Healthwatch and Wolverhampton Voluntary Sector Council. Both BCPFT and WCCG have membership schemes which were also targeted for their general views on the possible proposal.  We also sought views from staff within BCPFT and City of Wolverhampton Council.

Initial feedback from service users and their families highlighted that travel to the beds (if placed outside of the city) may be a concern, but this was raised as a possible concern for other families, as it wasn’t an issue for the families involved in the pre-engagement. Feedback from local stakeholders noted that it would be preferable to stay local for convenience for service users and their families, but noted that relocation of the services to be closer to associated services and thereby potentially secure service improvements was acknowledged as probably of merit.

We would like to thank those that have already given us their views via the pre-engagement phase and would like to invite those that have already commented as well as any other interested parties to take part in the next stages of the formal consultation.

How to have your say
Wolverhampton CCG and Black Country Partnership NHS Foundation Trust would now like to engage with patients, carers and other stakeholders to find out their views on the proposal possibly to move the services permanently from Pond Lane to the other locations.

Getting involved couldn’t be easier. You can either fill out the response form at the back of this booklet or complete the form online. You have until 22 August to share your thoughts with us so please get in touch.

Here’s how:

• Electronically by completing the response form online
• In writing by completing a paper questionnaire available at the Pond Lane site 
• By sending an email to: WOLCCG.comms@nhs.net

Click here to see the PDF consultation document or for an Easy Read version please click here.