This guideline covers care and support for adults with learning disabilities as they grow older. It covers identifying changing needs, planning for the future, and delivering services including health, social care and housing. It aims to support people to access the services they need as they get older.
Why are people with intellectual disability failed by health services?
Up to 2% of the population has an intellectual impairment. They are up to seven times more likely to have a mental health condition and commonly have complex physical illness. Despite this they remain a chronically underserved group and experience major health inequalities. People with intellectual disability encounter barriers in accessing healthcare; they die younger and a greater number of deaths could have been avoided than the rest of the population. Recognising and diagnosing ill-health in this group is a challenge for health professionals, and healthcare decisions are too often influenced by stigma and discrimination. Furthermore, NICE has highlighted the lack of adapted and tested treatments for this group.
Join the public discussion
In Mental Health Question Time on Wednesday 13th June we bring together a diverse panel of researchers and experts by experience to discuss how to build a forward-looking health service that meets the needs of people with intellectual impairment across the lifespan.
- What can be done to give people with intellectual disabilities better access to the services and treatments that other people receive?
- How can we use evidence and co-production to deliver more effective health services?
- What wider initiatives are needed to promote health and wellbeing?
- How can legislation and policy be used to support the health of people with intellectual disability?
- Prof Angela Hassiotis (Chair), Professor in Intellectual Disability in the UCL Division of Psychiatry
Canterbury College, room B118 at 2:30 to 4:30pm, on the 12th June.
The workshop session will be on ‘Having a Voice’ and will focus on how we can ensure that people who have learning difficulties can make their concerns heard, empowering them to have the confidence to communicate and also encouraging carers and educators to listen, encourage and to check understanding.
Sustaining Our Community
The Kent, Surrey & Sussex Learning Disability Community of Practice 2018 Conference
Thursday 21 June, 9am – 5pm, The Charis Centre, Crawley, Surrey, RH11 7EL
The Kent, Surrey & Sussex Learning Disability Community of Practice is pleased to announce the date of its 2018 conference. The theme for the day will be ‘Sustaining Our Community’.
Call for contributions
We are looking for local people to share their work at the conference by either presenting or producing a poster. The closing date for applications is 11 May 2018. Applications should focus on the three purposes of the Community of Practice which are to:
- Be person centred
- Provide the best quality care and support
- Improve equality and access
Slides from the event are available on the blog here.