Health and Care of People with Learning Disabilities

NHS Equality and Diversity Forum, April 2017

This interactive report investigates the potential differences in the treatment, health status, and outcomes of people with learning disabilities.

The report found that:

  • On average, females with learning disabilities had around an 18 year shorter life expectancy than the general population, and males had around a 14 year shorter life expectancy than the general population
  • The percentage of patients known to their GP as having a learning disability who received an annual learning disability health check increased to 46 per cent from 43 per cent in 2014-15
  • Obesity is twice as common in people aged 18-35 with learning disabilities, being underweight is twice as common in people aged over 64 with learning disabilities, compared with patients with no learning disabilities
  • 3 in 4 eligible patients with a learning disability received colorectal cancer screening, an increase from just over 2 in 3 in 2014-15

Click here to access the report.


Crime & disabled people: Measures of disability-related harassment – 2016 update

Equality and Human Rights Commission, September 2016

This report provides the latest data for England, Wales and Scotland against the following Manifesto for Change measures, with analysis of change over time:

  • number of victims of hate crimes
  • proportion of disability-related crime incidents reported to the police
  • satisfaction with police handling of crime incidents
  • experience of any crime in the previous 12 months
  • worry about being a victim of crime

Click here to view the full report.

Accessible Information Standard comes in to force

NHS England, August 2016

The Accessible Information Standard came into force on 1st August 2016 to ensure that people with disabilities receive easily accessible information and support.

The Accessible Information Standard aims to ensure that people who have a disability, impairment or sensory loss are provided with information that they can easily read or understand with support so they can communicate effectively with services. Examples of the types of support that might be required include large print, braille or using a British Sign Language (BSL) interpreter.

All organisations that provide NHS care or adult social care are required to follow the new standard, including NHS Trusts and Foundation Trusts, and GP practices.

Click here for further information and to access guidance documents.

Gypsy and Traveller health: accommodation and living environment

Department of Health, January 2016

A report by the Traveller Movement, commissioned by the National Inclusion Health Board, looking at how the living conditions of Gypsies and Travellers lead to poor health.

The report found that:
•two-thirds of Gypsies and Travellers reported poor, bad, very bad or health
•the living conditions of Gypsies and Travellers significantly contribute to their physical and mental health
•the poor health of Gypsies and Travellers is made worse by their living environment, accommodation insecurity and community discrimination
•there needs to be closer partnership working across health and other interests to address these issues

Click here to read the report.


Gap in life expectancy between rich and poor shrinks, new report finds

The King’s Fund, August 2015

The gap in life expectancy between the richest 10 per cent and the poorest 10 per cent shrank by 2.5 years between 1999 and 2010, a new report by the King’s Fund has found. The report, which builds on Professor Sir Michael Marmot’s ground-breaking research into health inequalities, is the first time that the relationship between life expectancy and income has been analysed over time at this level of detail.

Click here for further information and to download the report.

Survey shows greatest improvement in public attitudes to mental health in a decade

Time to Change, October 2014

New data shows public attitudes towards mental illness have improved significantly with the biggest annual improvement in the last decade taking place in 2013. However, there is still more work to be done to end life-limiting stigma and discrimination.

Click here for further information and to download the report.

Health Education England Widening Participation Strategy

Health Education England, August 2014

Health Education England  (HEE) is pleased to share their proposed ‘Widening Participation: It Matters’ strategy. The strategy sets out the context and drivers for the strategy, proposed goals and the initial set of actions that they believe are needed in order to build up and progress efforts to ensure a diverse, talented and inclusive workforce.

Before finalising this strategy they would really welcome your feedback to check the relevance of the strategy and the actions indicated. Please do take an opportunity to review the strategy and complete a short survey to capture your feedback. The consultation period will run from 26th August until 30th September 2014. All feedback received will be reviewed and any common points reflected in the final draft of the strategy.  The strategy will then go forward for HEE Board approval in October 2014.

Click here to download the consultation draft of the Widening Participation Strategy and to access the online survey.