Government response to the Learning Disabilities Mortality Review (LeDeR) Programme 2nd annual report

Department of Health and Social Care and NHS England| September 2018  |Government response to the Learning Disabilities Mortality Review (LeDeR) Programme 2nd annual report

This policy paper sets out a plan for action for the recommendations of the LeDeR 2nd annual report. The LeDeR 2nd annual report was published earlier this year (May 2018). It gave 9 recommendations based on the evidence from 103 reviews of deaths of people with learning disabilities undertaken between July 2016 and November 2017.

The actions will help address the inequality in life expectancy between people with learning disabilities and the wider population by ensuring that staff supporting people with a learning disability understand their needs and can make adjustments to the way care is provided, to help people reach their full potential (.

The government response to the Learning Disabilities Mortality Review (LeDeR) Programme 2nd annual report

Easy read: a response to the LeDeR report on deaths of people with learning disabilities

‘So what, what next?’ project to support people with autism, a learning disability or both

Local Government Association | August 2018 | The ‘So what, what next?’ project: supporting people with a learning disability, autism or both to use their skills and interests to play a part in the community

A project designed by the Transforming Care empowerment steering group to look at ways of supporting people with a learning disability or autism who have recently been discharged from hospital to explore their skills and passions and to find ways to contribute these to their local communities.

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The focus was on supporting people to use their strengths, become active citizens and to grow their independence. You can read the project report here, including ‘top tips’ for professionals and supporters (Source: Local Government Association).

Read the press release from the Local Government Association here 

Learning disability care could return to ‘Victorian era’ because of nurse training cuts, experts warn

The Independent | August 2018 | Learning disability care could return to ‘Victorian era’ because of nurse training cuts, experts warn

A new article in The Independent highlights the shortage of specialist nurses, such as learning disability nurses who provide specialist care in the community and in some acute trusts.

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Director of nursing, policy and practice at the Royal College of Nursing, Dame Donna Kinnair said: “The nursing shortage in England is harming some of the most vulnerable members of society.

“Those with learning disabilities already face a lower life expectancy and poorer health outcomes than the general population, and a lack of specialist knowledge will make matters worse.

Read the full news story at  The Independent 

Learning disabilities and CQC inspection reports

Public Health England | July 2018 | Learning disabilities and CQC inspection reports

 

 

 

 

 

The learning disability improvement standards for NHS trusts

NHS Improvement | June 2018 | The learning disability improvement standards for NHS trusts

NHS Improvement have developed new standards which have been developed with a number of outcomes created by people and families — which clearly state what they expect from the NHS. By taking this approach to quality improvement, it places patient and carer experience as the primary objective, as well as recognising the importance of how the NHS listens, learns and responds in order to improve care.

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There are four standards, which include:

  • respecting and protecting rights
  • inclusion and engagement
  • workforce
  • learning disability services standard (aimed solely at specialist mental health trusts providing care to people with learning disabilities, autism or both)

Source: NHS Improvement 
The learning  disability improvement standards for NHS trusts

Easy read version: the learning disability improvement standards for NHS trusts

 

Statistics on care of people with learning disabilities

NHS Digital | June 2018 | Statistics on care of people with learning disabilities

As this week (18-24 June 2018) is Learning Disability Week, NHS Digital have released some key statistics associated with the health and care of people with learning disabilities.

  • 49.7% of patients with a learning disability registered at a GP practice received an annual learning disabilities health check in 2016-17, an increase from 43.2% in 2014-15.
  • 41.9% of patients with a learning disability registered at a GP practice received a seasonal influenza immunisation in 2016-17, an increase from 40.8% in 2014-15.
  • 79.5% of eligible patients with a learning disability registered at a GP practice aged 60-69 received screening for colorectal cancer, less than the 86.0% of those eligible patients without a learning disability.
  • On average, females with learning disabilities had around an 18-year shorter life expectancy than the general population, and males had around a 14-year shorter life expectancy than the general population.

(Source: NHS Digital)

The figures have been compiled into an easy to read format available here 

 

Learning Disabilities Awareness Week

Mencap | June 2018 |

18-24 June  2018 is Learning Disabilities Awareness Week.  This year Mencap’s focus is on health with a particular emphasis on the Treat Me Well campaign

Mencap has created some resources to support the campaign and its goal to transform how the NHS treats people with a learning disability in hospital.

Resources for healthcare professionals are available from Mencap 
Watch the video on giving your patients reasonable adjustments here