Improving the Lives of People with Learning Disabilities:
Combating Inequalities in Health, Education and Employment
Thursday 5th July 2018
Chair in Education
University of Sheffield
Consultant Psychiatrist & Medical Lead, Community Learning Disability Services
Coventry & Warwickshire Partnership Trust
Director of Care and Support
Surrey and Borders Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
Policy & Campaigns Manager
Central Academic Staff Professor in Education & REF Unit
The Open University
As part of the Government’s Mandate to the NHS 2017-18, steps have been made to decrease the health gap between people with learning disabilities and the general population. This includes a commitment to reduce the number of people placed in inpatient services through the provision of 48 Transforming Care Partnerships (TCPs). The implementation of Care and Treatment Reviews (CTRs) in 2015, has also sought to supplement TCPs and transform services for people with learning disabilities by improving the quality of hospital care.
However, primary legislation affecting the health care of those with learning disabilities, in the shape of the Health Services Commissioning Bill 2016-17, was abandoned prior to the General Election in May 2017. Research from MENCAP (2017) moreover suggests that many health professionals feel ill-equipped to meet the needs of these patients, with 23% of staff receiving no training on learning disabilities. Inadequacy in provision is furthermore, observable in additional sectors. Ofsted’s 2017 Local Area SEND inspections indicate that children and young people who have SEND aren’t receiving adequate support in schools and are having a poorer experience of the education system than their peers.
In response, this symposium will offer NHS providers, health and care professionals, local authorities, schools, welfare and employment officers, and third sector bodies, with a timely opportunity to develop strategies for minimising inequalities in health, education and employment for people with learning disabilities. It will also provide the opportunity to share best practice in transforming care and supporting those with learning disabilities to lead more healthy and independent lives.
- Identify priorities for improving health and social care across the NHS and local authorities in the absence of new primary legislation
- Discuss ways of creating more inclusive and targeted education for adult and school-age SEND pupils
- Evaluate methods of increasing the employment opportunities for those with learning disabilities
- Discuss interventions enabling individuals with learning disabilities to lead more active, sociable and healthy lives
- Scrutinise how health and social care professionals can receive better training on the needs of those with learning disabilities
- Share best practice in enabling independent living and providing pathways into appropriate or assistive housing
- Review the successes of TCPs and CTRs in delivering more collaborative and integrated forms of care that ensures timely discharge
- Explore the need to combat stigma and drive changes in attitudes towards people with learning disabilities
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