NHS Wolverhampton Clinical Commissioning Group (WCCG) is responsible for commissioning healthcare services for people with learning disabilities.

At the moment, the Black Country Partnership NHS Foundation Trust (BCPFT) provides three inpatient beds in Wolverhampton at Pond Lane Learning Disability Assessment and Treatment Service, for people with learning disabilities who require admission to hospital because of a mental health problem, or a behaviour that is labelled as challenging. These beds are in a five-bedded hospital.

Pond Lane site is isolated from the Trust’s other services for people with learning disabilities and this raises environmental, clinical and staffing concerns which have an impact on the delivery of the service to this very vulnerable group. The CCG and the provider NHS Trust feel that a clinically safer and more viable service could be provided at BCPFT’s other Learning Disability Inpatient services in Dudley, Sandwell and Walsall.

At the moment the three beds in Pond Lane are temporarily closed to new admissions. WCCG and BCPFT 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.

No decision has yet been made. There will be an initial period of engagement to discover general views on the possible proposal, and following this there will be a full public consultation.

At this stage, the CCG is asking for people’s initial reaction to the possible proposal.

If you would like to comment, either as an individual or as an organisation, please email WOLCCG.comms@nhs.net or write to the address below. Please state if you are contacting the CCG on behalf of an organisation, and say which organisation it is. We will also be holding a number of initial meetings with carers, staff and service users to discuss the possible proposal.

Please reply no later than Monday 6 June 2016.

If the public consultation goes ahead the CCG and BCPFT will contact stakeholders again and will publicise it, particularly to those who would be directly affected.


Communications and Engagement Team, Wolverhampton CCG

Technology Centre, Glaisher Drive

Wolverhampton Science Park



Updated: June 14, 2016 — 8:51 am