Dignity in health care for people with learning disabilities | The Royal College of Nursing
This guidance aims to improve dignity in health care for people with learning disabilities. It is designed particularly to support the nursing workforce but other health care and social care staff may find this useful.
The guidance concludes with information relating to the particular health needs that people with learning disabilities may have, and provides ideas on working in collaboration with other service providers.
Guidance for social care staff on how to help people with learning disabilities get better access to medical services to improve their health | Public Health England
The health charter for social care and accompanying guidance provide information about the steps organisations and providers can take to improve the health and wellbeing of the people they support. There are practical tips as well as links to further information and useful resources.
There is also a self-assessment tool to enable organisations signed up to the health charter to measure progress and develop an action plan for improvements.
The series of short information sheets show social care staff how they can help people with learning disabilities to get better access to health services.
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.
NHS England has published a set of guides that use easy words and pictures to enable users to understand GP online services. The guides cover: GP online record; GP online services for carers, including young carers; and supporting people with learning disabilities.
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.
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.
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.
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.