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.

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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.

Strategy

Widening Participation Strategy

Health Education North West, July 2014

Health Education England have now developed a strategy and it is currently subject to internal governance approval procedures before publication can be made.  At North West level it is envisaged that a planning meeting for those organisational leads with responsibility for widening participation in healthcare organisations and education institutions will be called for late September, to explore how best to collaborate and advance the priorities that have been identified.

If your role involves supporting widening participation activities and you are interested in receiving more details about this meeting then please contact Mike.Farrell@nw.hee.nhs.uk