We are building a bridge between NHS England and people with a learning disability, autism or both, their families, carers and supporters. We want to work in partnership to make sure that people with a learning disability, autism or both are a part of NHS decision making.
Evidence has shown that people with a learning disability experience worse health than other people. We want to make sure that people with a learning disability, autism or both are able to make the best use of healthcare services. To do this we must ensure they are able to be a part of decisions about these services.
We will do this by:
- Developing a network of people with a learning disability, autism or both, family carers and others supporting them -‘The NHS England Learning Disability and Autism Forum’ will input to NHS England’s work around learning disability.
- Enabling staff in NHS England to talk and listen to people with a learning disability. Including projects looking at issues facing people with a learning disability, such as Medicines Management, Transformation of Care and Care and Treatment Reviews.
- Helping NHS England to be a supportive employer of people with a learning disability.
- Making sure information provided by NHS England to people with a learning disability is clear, easy to understand and meets our Accessible Information Standards. For example with easy read newsletters.
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 visit our Facebook page. You can also call us on 0113 8249686.
For more information about all our publications and guides available see our easy read information page.