People with learning disabilities often experience inequalities in mainstream healthcare settings – with an estimated 1,200 per year dying unnecessarily through failings in healthcare.
New team to give a voice to people with learning disabilities in the NHS
One size doesn't fit all in learning disability sector, says Winterbourne View JIP principal advisor
Improving general hospital care of learning disability patients
Power to the people
From service user to citizen – where to next for people with learning disabilities? Alex McClimens and Darren Lee investigate:
To begin, here’s a quick quiz. What links the following cities: Havana, 1959; Paris, 1789; Saigon, 1975; Prague, 1968? They were all sites of revolutionary uprisings where the incumbent leadership was overthrown by a mix of military and people power. Such things don’t just happen in foreign countries as we in the UK too have had our share of revolutionary unrest, although this happened a long time ago.
The thread that links these acts of rebellion was that the majority of the population felt that their political leaders were ignoring the rights of the ordinary citizen. In established Western democracies this situation is now managed by the electoral system that gives citizens the right to vote political parties in or out of government.
Diversion signs-liaison and diversion services
Liaison and diversion and forensic learning disability services can make a big difference to whether a person offends again – but services are patchy across the country and improvement is needed. Editor Dan Parton reports:
When Home Secretary Theresa May delivered a speech in July at an event hosted by the Care not Custody Coalition, she reaffirmed the government’s commitment to liaison and diversion services in the criminal justice system for people with mental health issues or learning disabilities. This, allied to £25 million in funding for liaison and diversion that was announced in January, points to a brighter future for the services.
Liaison and diversion – which seeks to identify, provide support for and, where appropriate, divert people with mental ill health or learning disabilities away from criminal justice settings such as police stations and magistrates’ courts and into specialist treatment or social care services – has had political support for some years, going back to the previous Labour administration. Yet progress in developing a national service has been frustratingly slow.
Reducing premature mortality in people with learning disabilities
Dyslexia Action's 'Sound Check' improves SEN students' reading by 36%
The findings from the first round of Dyslexia Action's Sound Check Project have revealed that specialist teaching resulted in a phonics check pass-rate of 60% for children with special educational needs [SEN] compared with the national SEN pass rates of 24% in 2012 and 32% in 2013 for Year 1 children.
Vitamin D deficiency leaves people with learning disabilities at higher risk of osteoporosis, study says
Ruled Out: Why Are Children with Autism Missing Out on Education?
Ruled Out is a campaign launched by Ambitious about Autism which aims to stop children with autism missing out on their education, so that every child with autism can learn, thrive and achieve.
During research for the campaign the orgamnisation heard from over 500 parents and carers of children with autism. One of the common themes raised was the difficulty in getting clear information about parents’ and children’s rights in relation to accessing education.
Public Services, Deficit Reduction and User Involvement - Now (2014) and Then (1995)
In this Special Report, Alex O’Neil reflects on some fundamental questions about the future of social care. He uses the extensive work that the Joseph Rowntree Foundation has undertaken to look particularly at the lessons we have learned about effective participation, and the involvement of people who use services – and the continuing power imbalances that seem so difficult to shift.