About learning disabilities

We are committed to improving the health and outcomes of people with learning disabilities and autism, and transforming services to improve the quality of care throughout peoples’ lives.

Our programme of work touches on all services within the NHS, working with commissioners to deliver significant improvements in the care of children, young people and adults.

Our current focus is ensuring that people who are inappropriately in in-patient care, move to community settings with support, and we are working with partners across health and social care to ensure this happens.

We are also working with our national partners to re-design services and secure real sustainable changes in the longer term.

Our work

Transforming care

Radically re-shaping services for people with learning disabilities and/or autism who display behaviour that challenges, including those with a mental health condition. This is moving more services to community settings and closer to people’s homes, and giving individuals more choice and say in their care.

A new national plan (an easy read version of the national plan is also available) outlines a clear timetable to re-design services across England, with a new Service Model (an easy read version of the Service Model is also available) for commissioners that defines what good services should look like, and guidance for Care and Treatment Reviews, so that people get the right care that meets their needs.

Find out more about transforming care.

Improving health outcomes

Our work is also ensuring that the NHS continues to improve health outcomes for people with learning disabilities. This includes increasing the uptake of routine health checks, ensuring that learning disabilities is part of regulatory inspections, overseeing local health and well-being strategies, and developing a new national facility to track mortality levels to improve future healthcare services.

Find out more improving health outcomes.