Responding to the Winterbourne View scandal

East of EnglandMental Health
Published Date: 1 May 2015

Responding to the Winterbourne View scandal


CLAHRC East of England researchers are carrying out a longitudinal study, over a period of 12 months, of people with learning (intellectual) disabilities referred to locality-based community teams for support with a mental health and/or behavioural need, such as dementia, self injury or physical aggression.


The study draws on previous research, the clinical experience of members of the research team, and the insights and practical guidance of our service user research advisory group.


The scandal at Winterbourne View Hospital in 2011 exposed the difficulties that specialist community teams may have in supporting adults with learning disabilities and additional mental health and/or behavioural needs to remain in their home localities. The study seeks to provide evidence to inform the development of these teams.