Call for evidence of best practice in care co-ordination for people with learning disabilities and long-term conditions

It is a priority for government to improve access to health and care services for people with living disabilities and long-term conditions. Effective co-ordination of care across and within health and care services is seen to be one of the crucial factors in improving quality of life and health and wellbeing of people with learning disabilities.

The Institute of Public Care at Oxford Brookes University has been commissioned by the Department of Health and Social Care to explore best practice, identify barriers and enablers and how challenges can be overcome, to help to improve practice across the board.

Find out more and contribute to the call here

MPs to investigate the scandal of youngsters with autism and learning disabilities being locked up like criminals in psychiatric units

The dramatic move follows Mail on Sunday revelations that hundreds of teenagers and adults are being incarcerated – at a cost to the NHS of up to £730,000 a year per person – in appalling conditions, forcibly injected with drug cocktails and stuffed into tiny padded isolation cells. 

Harriet Harman, chairman of the influential joint committee on human rights, has invited parents of sectioned teenagers as well as people held against their will to give evidence this week, as part of a wider inquiry into detention.

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