Library Mental Health Bulletins

This week’s Library bulletins are on Dementia, Learning Disabilities and Suicide Prevention.

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The government response to the Learning Disabilities Mortality Review (LeDeR) Programme 2nd annual report

Department of Health and Social Care and NHS England, September 2018

Response that accepts the recommendations of The Learning Disabilities Mortality Review (LeDeR) Programme: Annual Report 2017 – University of Bristol Norah Fry Centre for Disability Studies and sets out a plan of action for each one.  The actions will help address the inequality in life expectancy between people with learning disabilities and the wider population by ensuring that staff supporting people with a learning disability understand their needs and can make adjustments to the way care is provided, to help people reach their full potential.

Click here to view the full report.

The ‘So what, what next?’ project: supporting people with a learning disability, autism or both to use their skills and interests to play a part in the community

Local Government Association, August 2018

The So What, What Next? project was designed by the Transforming Care empowerment steering group to look at ways of supporting people with a learning disability or autism who have recently been discharged from hospital to explore their skills and passions and to find ways to contribute these to their local communities. The focus was on supporting people to use their strengths, become active citizens and to grow their independence. You can read the project report here, including ‘top tips’ for professionals and supporters.

Click here to view the report.

International Journal of Positive Behavioural Support – Volume 8, No.1

Volume 8 No.1 of International Journal of Positive Behavioural Support has been published.  This issue includes articles on clinical outcomes of staff training in positive behavioural support to reduce challenging behaviour in adults with intellectual disability, guidance on restraint and seclusion, and the BILD Physical Intervention Training Accreditation Scheme.

Click here to view the table of contents.  Login with your LCFT OpenAthens account to view the articles in full text.

Dementia and people with learning disabilities: making reasonable adjustments

Public Health England, June 2018

This guide is part of a series of guides looking at reasonable adjustments in a specific service area.  It is intended to help staff in public health, health services and social care to ensure that their services are accessible to people with learning disabilities who may have, or be developing, dementia. The guide can also be of use to family and friends of people with learning disabilities.

Click here to view the full report.

Transforming care: the challenges and solutions

Voluntary Organisations Disability Group, May 2018

Voluntary Organisations Disability Group report outlining challenges and solutions to moving people with learning disabilities, autism and/or mental health conditions out of long-stay inpatient care. This follows the implementation of a pilot project, the report offers recommendations for future steps.  The challenges involving commissioners, funders and care providers include:

  • delays in hospital discharge plans, including a lack of knowledge in local authorities about potential community support options
  • negative attitudes and aspirations towards people supported (for example, referring to people by patient identity number instead of by their name)
  • confusion about costs, with commissioners and funders underestimating the cost of initial support immediately after discharge and/or therapeutic support
  • a lack of support to families, despite the fact that responsive ongoing support to families is critical to the sustainability of support to their loved one.

Click here to view this report.

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.