Good practice projects in supporting people with learning disabilities identified in DH project report

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Background What is good practice when supporting people with learning disabilities? This is the question that was raised following the publication of the Government’s interim report into the events at Winterbourne View. The question was put to the National Valuing Families Forum and the National Forum for People with Learning Disabilities over the last year [read the full story...]

We’re failing people with learning disabilities – and they’re dying younger

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By Pauline Heslop, University of Bristol People with learning disabilities die significantly younger in England and Wales than people without learning disabilities. Men with learning disabilities die 13 years earlier on average and 20 years earlier for women compared to the general population. And people with learning disabilities are two and a half times more [read the full story...]

Range of in-patient beds needed People with learning disability and mental health, behavioural or forensic problems

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In the wake of the dreadful events at Winterbourne view and the subsequent inquiries and reports, there is now a real push to consider the place of inpatient services for people with learning disabilities who present with complex needs and behavioural challenges. We have posted recently about alternatives to inpatient services, for example the Association [read the full story...]

Assistive technology can improve choice and control in support services for people with learning disabilities

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We have posted before about the use of assistive technology and in particular telecare. This week sees the publication of a new report from the Voluntary Organisations Disability Group (VODG) and the National Care Forum (NCF) which describes a number of projects which offer technological solutions to enhance personalisation. The Department of Health has defined [read the full story...]

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Unclear definition, underreporting and lack of training see victims of disability hate crime let down by criminal justice system

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Last week, we featured a guest blog from our sister site the Mental Elf which looked at the findings of a study based on the British Crime Survey which found that people with disability are at increased risk of being victims of domestic and non-domestic violence and suggested the need for an urgent assessment national [read the full story...]

Confidential Inquiry finds health and social care for people with learning disabilities deficient in a number of ways

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The Confidential Inquiry into premature deaths in people with learning disabilities (CIPOLD) was commissioned by the Secretary of State for Health as a result of a recommendation by Jonathan Michael in ‘Healthcare for All’  the report of the Independent Inquiry into access to healthcare for people with learning disabilities. The Confidential Inquiry team were charged [read the full story...]

Findings of confidential inquiry in the deaths of people with learning disabilities ready to publish findings

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Our friends at Norah Fry in Bristol who are responsible for carrying out the work on the confidential inquiry into premature death in people with learning disabilities have asked us to let you know that the final report of the study will shortly be available and that there will be two opportunities to hear some [read the full story...]

People with learning disabilities over-represented in criminal justice system with no systematic approach to accessible and equitable services

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Last week, the excellent UK forensic and learning disabilities network, one of a range of networks run throughout the UK to provide information to people supporting people with learning disabilities, circulated a note about a report from west Yorkshire. Although a local report, the findings have a wider relevance. The report was commissioned by the [read the full story...]

Reasonable adjustments are not being made in cancer screening services for people with learning disabilities

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We have posted previously about issues relating to cancer screening in people with learning disabilities and the impact this has on early identification of signs and symptoms and consequent timely treatment. The researchers from the improving health and lives learning disabilities public health observatory (LDPHO) were interested to know whether reasonable adjustments were being made [read the full story...]

DH interim report on Winterbourne View criticised for lack of urgent action for change

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The Department of Health has this week published its interim report into the events at Winterbourne View, the private hospital in Bristol in which the BBC’s Panorama programme uncovered shocking abuse by care staff. The reports finds that: Too many people are placed in in-patient services for assessment and treatment (A&T) and are staying there [read the full story...]