New booklet for people with learning disabilities and/or autism: ‘Learning Disability, Autism and Human Rights’
This accessible booklet is aimed at people with learning disabilities and /or autism, their families, carers, or support workers to provide relevant and up-to-date information about their human rights.
Download the new booklet and posters here
NHS is charged millions for substandard mental health services.
Thousands of patients are detained, sometimes against their will and in other cases for many years, in wards and units that inspectors say do not meet required standards of care.
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The IHE report A Fair, Supportive Society highlights that some of the most vulnerable people in society – those with learning disabilities – will die 15-20 years sooner on average than the general population – that’s 1,200 people every year.
The report commissioned by NHSE highlights key facts, stats, and interventions. Much of the government action needed to improve life expectancy for people with disabilities is likely to reduce health inequalities for everyone. Action should focus on the ‘social determinants of health’, particularly addressing poverty, poor housing, discrimination and bullying.
A press release for this report can be accessed via this link (to PDF)
An Easy Read version of the report is available at this link (to PDF).
Related reporting from BBC
and from Guardian
How can a focus on equality and human rights improve the quality of care in times of financial constraint?
There is growing evidence that equality and human rights for people using services and staff needs to play a central role in improving the quality of care. CQC are finding that some of the best providers are doing this successfully – even in times of constraint.
CQC have updated the good practice resource and also published:
Health Education England have been directed by the task and finish group members that make up the workforce development to support the development of the first national Autism core skills and competency framework for health and care staff, and staff in organisations with public facing responsibilities. The framework will be required to span all ages and will need to demonstrate the collaborative nature of its development (including co-production with autistic people and their families) across multiple partners.
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