Improving health

People with a learning disability are four times more likely to die of something which could have been prevented than the general population (Disability Rights Commission, 2006).

We are working on lots of different pieces of work which are all helping to improve people’s health so this doesn’t happen in the future.

These include:

Flu vaccination

This easy read poster is to encourage people with a learning disability to be vaccinated against flu this winter. A supporting easy read leaflet from Public Health England is also available.

The video below is a short webinar film about the flu vaccination for people with a learning disability and autistic people who may be eligible for a vaccination. The film covers why it is important, who is eligible for a free vaccine, reasonable adjustments, consent and decision making. A parent of a 16-year-old with a learning disability describes how primary care can support families to make sure their relatives can have their vaccination.

Delivering quality services for people with a learning disability, autism or both

Under the Transforming care programme a number of initiatives including those listed above, have been developed to improve the health and wellbeing of children, young people and adults with a learning disability, autism or both. We are summarising these in to one document to provide a compendium of good practice for providers that will support the delivery of good quality services for people with a learning disability, autism or both. This will be referenced in the draft Standard Contract which will be out for consultation in December.  We expect this summary of good practice document to be complete in January and we will put it here for you to comment on. Keep checking this page for updates.