NHS70: spotlight on learning disabilities

A student with learning disabilities talks to a teacher

The learning disabilities transforming care programme is designed to make health and care services better so more people with a learning disability, autism or both can live in the community, close to home and with the right support.

Learning disability is a major priority for NHS England. To make this happen we work closely with the Government and other health and care organisations on lots of different projects to improve people’s lives. These include:

  • STOMP which is working to stop the over-medication of people with a learning disability, autism or both with psychotropic medicines
  • Annual health checks for anyone over the age of 14 with a learning disability
  • Ask Listen Do which is supporting people with a learning disability, autism or both and their families and carers to give feedback, raise a concern or make a complaint.

Find out more about the work we are doing for people with a learning disability, autism or both ….

Louise

Providing homes not hospitals

In 2015, NHS England, the LGA and ADASS published Building the right support, a national plan to radically improve community-based learning disability services by March 2019. Across England, local NHS organisations, councils and other partners are leading on delivering this plan, forming 48 Transforming Care Partnerships (TCPs) to deliver new types of care.

Building the right support set out a shared ambition to reduce the number of people with a learning disability in inpatient care by 35-50% by March 2019.

Hear from Louise, and those who helped make her dream of moving home, after spending over 15 years in hospital, a reality.

Louise’s story captures how hospitals are not homes and Transforming Care is working to change the lives of people with learning disabilities, autism or both for the better.

This short film explains how health and social care partners planned for and successfully moved Louise into her own home in spite of seemingly insurmountable barriers. They achieved this through strong partnership working, communication, flexibility and determination and the film highlights the impact of these qualities on Louise’s wellbeing, while also celebrating the tenacity and creativity of those seeking to bring her home.

Beyond Limits purchased the property, but importantly, Louise’s tenancy is protected because the house was handed over to a housing association. This means that if Louise wants to change her support provider, she can do so and still remain in her home.

Lorraine's story: caring for people with a learning disability

In this video Lorraine describes her role as an expert by experience where she talks to health staff about caring for people with a learning disability.

Lorraine also shares how annual health checks can make people’s health better by spotting problems earlier.

Ask, Listen, Do

This video describes how professionals can better enable people with a learning disability, autistic people, families and carers to give feedback, raise a concern or make a complaint.

Blogs

The support we give is a love story

In the first of two blogs to mark Learning Disability Week, we celebrate those who provide services so that people with a learning disability, autism or both can live in the community, with the right support, and close to home. A Mencap support worker tells us about the challenges and the rewards of her role:…