It is important that people are involved in decision making about services that partnership to make sure that people with a learning disability, autistic people and family carers are a part of NHS decision making.
To make sure people 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 autistic people, people with a learning disability, family carers and supporting organisations who want to have a say in the work of NHS England. We communicate with the Forum through:
- 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
- Forum events
We have also set up the NHS England Learning Disability and Autism Advisory Group. When there are places available in the Advisory Group we advertise them to the Forum.
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: