‘Homes not hospitals’ for people with learning disabilities

NHS England, November 2015

People with a learning disability and/or autism will be supported to lead more independent lives and have greater say about the support they receive under a national plan published by NHS England to radically improve learning disability services.

Building the right support: A national implementation plan to develop community services and close inpatient facilities contains plans which have been developed with significant contribution and constructive challenge from people with learning disabilities and/or autism, their families and carers, and a range of commissioners, providers, voluntary sector and representative groups.

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Government response to No voice unheard, no right ignored

Department of Health, November 2015

This response sets out proposals to strengthen the rights of people with learning disabilities, autism or mental health conditions and their families. Significantly the government has announced people with learning disabilities, autism or mental health conditions who are at risk of hospital admission will get a named social worker to challenge decisions about their care.

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An equal right to sight: why eye care for children with learning disabilities needs reform

SeeAbility, October 2015

This investigation by the charity SeeAbility has found that, despite good work by many eye care professionals to support children with learning disabilities, there is no failsafe system to ensure all children in this high risk group receive any regular checks on their eyesight or wear the glasses they need.  The charity is calling for a national plan to meet the eye care needs of children with learning disabilities in England. As a start, we recommend the government and the NHS properly fund specialist sight tests and glasses dispensing in all special schools.

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Eye Care Services for Adults with Learning Disabilities

Royal College of Ophthalmologists, September 2015

Written in collaboration with VISION 2020 UK and SeeAbility this guidance aims to provide ophthalmologists with guidance and support so as to enable them to provide insightful and quality treatment to patients with learning disabilities. The College information can also be supplemented by the General Medical Council’s interactive learning sessions regarding patients with learning disabilities on its website.

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Learning Disabilities: IAPT Positive Practice Guide

Mental Health Foundation, September 2015

This Positive Practice Guide, which is written by experts in learning disabilities, summarises the needs of people with learning disabilities and clearly outlines the reasonable adjustments that are recommended to ensure that people with learning disabilities get the maximum benefit from treatment within an IAPT service.

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Mental illness, challenging behaviour, and psychotropic drug prescribing in people with intellectual disability: UK population based cohort study

BMJ, 1 September 2015

This cohort study aims to describe the incidence of recorded mental illness and challenging behaviour in people with intellectual disability in UK primary care and to explore the prescription of psychotropic drugs in this group.

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Care and treatment reviews to become ‘business as usual’

NHS England, August 2015

NHS England has set out how it intends that reviews of care and treatment arrangements for people with learning disabilities are to be embedded across the health and care system.

Care and Treatment Reviews (CTRs) were developed as part of NHS England’s commitment to improving the care of people with learning disabilities or autism. They aim to reduce unnecessary admissions and lengthy stays in specialist hospitals, and have been rolling out since October 2014; over 1,400 people had their care reviewed up to March this year, with hundreds more since.

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