People with learning disabilities: making reasonable adjustments

Public Health England, May 2018

These guides explain why reasonable adjustments must be made to health services and what adjustments help people with learning disabilities access services.

People with learning disabilities may need particular adjustments to help make health care services easier for them to experience. These guides are for health and social care professionals who deliver, provide or plan services that may be used by people with learning disabilities.

Click here to access the guides.

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Voices from the social care crisis :An opportunity to end a broken system, once and for all –

The Care and Support Alliance, May 2018

Care and Support Alliance report on how the social care crisis is affecting the day to day lives of older people, working aged disabled people and unpaid carers across the country.  It identifies that currently at least 1.2 million older people and disabled people do not receive the care they require, a number which has almost doubled since 2010.  An estimated £6.3bn will have been taken out of adult social care in real terms since 2010 and the cuts to budgets between 2010 and 2017 now total 49%.

Calls on the Government to develop  a social care system creates independence and that ensures recipients not only get the basics, but also have access to the care and support they need to lead fulfilling and healthy lives.  It should be preventative, high quality and deliver person-centered care and support.  It should not rely on the NHS having to save the day when there’s no other support on offer.

Click here to view the full report.

Prescribing anti-epileptic drugs for people with epilepsy and intellectual disability: (College Report CR206)

Royal College of Psychiatrists, November 2017

This report addresses the extremely important area of epilepsy in the field of intellectual disability (ID), also known as learning disability. Epilepsy and ID are two conditions that carry stigma and can lead to social isolation. An individual who experiences both these problems faces huge challenges.

Click here to view the report.