It is important that people are involved in decision making about services that partnership to make sure that people with a learning disability, autism or both are a part of NHS decision making.
To make sure people with a learning disability, autism or both and families and carers are involved in the development of services which impact on them we have set up the NHS England Learning Disability and Autism Forum. Anyone can join the Forum. The Forum is a network of people with a learning disability, autism or both, their families, carers and supporting organisations who want to have a say in the work of NHS England. We communicate with the Forum through:
- Forum events
- Easy read newsletters
- Update emails (email us if you would like to receive these)
- Video blogs
- Social media – follow us on Twitter or join the NHS England Learning Disability and Autism Engagement group on Facebook
We have also set up the NHS England Learning Disability and Autism Advisory Group.
We are keen to grow the Forum and share best practice. If you would like to get involved with The Forum, meet with us, or share your ideas please email us or call us on 0113 8249686.
Read an easy read article about why we should give more power to people with a learning disability through the work we do. This is an easy read summary of the paper ‘Shifting the balance of power’ in Advances in Mental Health and Intellectual Disability (2018, issue 3).
Watch this short video about getting involved
Find out more about why it’s important that people are involved in the work of NHS England: