Blood tests for people with learning disabilities

Blood tests for people with learning disabilities: making reasonable adjustments  |Public Health England   

People with learning disabilities may need particular adjustments to help make health care services easier for them to experience. These guides are for health and social care professionals who deliver, provide or plan services that may be used by people with learning disabilities.

This guidance contains ideas and good practice in relation to the provision of reasonable adjustments relating to taking blood from someone with learning disabilities.

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End of life care for people who have a learning disability

This guidance document provide resources and tips for commissioners, service providers and health and social care staff providing, or delivering care to people with a learning disability at the end of their lives. | NHS England

The resource provides a number of ‘ambitions’ regarding end of life care for people who have a learning disability, and contains ‘top tips’, resources and good practice examples to support the achievement of each ambition.

Full document: Delivering high quality end of life care for people who have a learning disability: Resources and tips for commissioners, service providers and health and social care staff.

Support for people with a learning disability

NHS England has announced that patients with a learning disability, autism or both are set to benefit from over £10 million investment to help them lead more independent lives, closer to their friends and family.  The funding will support fourteen local Transforming Care Partnerships to work with service users and providers to develop new, high-quality, community services for people in their area.

These include:

  • In Bradford, intensive support for children showing challenging behaviour in an effort to avoid the need for residential schooling;
  • In the South of England, action to help people move from long-term inpatient care into more appropriate facilities in their own communities, and;
  • In Berkshire, funding for a multi-disciplinary community service to support people, helping to speed up the closure of an inpatient unit.

Support for people with a learning disability

The Public Accounts Committee report, Local support for people with a learning disability, says greater focus is needed on measuring outcomes and improvements to quality of life.

Two years ago, the previous Committee of Public Accounts reported on the Department of Health’s efforts to move people with a learning disability out of mental health hospitals and into the community. At that time, the Committee found that progress had been poor but was promised improvements.

This follow up report finds the Transforming Care programme has moved some people out of hospital, however more needs to be done to address known barriers.  There is also concern that support for people with a learning disability who live in the community is patchy.

Local support for people with a learning disability

This report from the National Audit Office examines how the NHS in England and local authorities seek to improve the lives of the 129,000 people aged 18 to 64 who use local authority learning disability support services.

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The report also assesses the setting up of the Transforming Care programme which aims to move some of the 2,500 people with a learning disability and/or autism out of mental health hospitals; and progress of the programme

The key questions of the report are:

• How much does the government spend on supporting people with a learning disability?

• Is support improving outcomes?

• Has the Department made progress with its programme to provide community services and reduce mental health hospital beds for people with a learning disability?

The full report can be viewed here

Safe, sustainable and productive staffing

An improvement resource for learning disability services | NHS Improvement

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This improvement resource is for community and inpatient learning disability services. It is designed to help commissioners and providers of NHS commissioned services to create, review and sustain safe and effective specialist health services within the resources available for people with a learning disability, who have a wide range of needs and varying levels of disability. Our ambition is to make a sustainable difference to the quality and consistency with which safe and therapeutic services for people with learning disabilities are delivered.

Read the full resource here