A Wakefield Community Learning Disability Team project that looks at the recognition of good respiratory health in West Yorkshire is one of ten innovative project chosen to receive support from The Queen’s Nursing Institute (QNI) in 2021.

Funding is provided by The Burdett Trust for Nursing and the ten chosen projects focus on improving health for people with complex needs in primary care/community settings. Applicants were asked to demonstrate that their project could lead to reduced hospital admissions for people living with complex needs, where those needs could instead be successfully managed in the community.

Each project leader will benefit from a bespoke year-long programme of professional support and funding from the QNI. Due to limitations imposed by the pandemic, the programme workshops will be held online, with the first workshops taking place in the second week of January 2021.   

Projects will achieve significant outcomes for healthcare in the future

Sue Boran, the QNI’s Director of Nursing Programmes, who oversees delivery of the QNI’s Fund for Innovation programme said:  “I am delighted that we will be able to work with ten nursing teams in such diverse community specialisms across England and Wales next year. These nurses are facing growing challenges in the delivery of care for people with ever-more complex needs in community and primary care settings, and through shared learning and encouraging innovative approaches we will be able to achieve significant outcomes for healthcare in the future.” 

The Wakefield adult learning disability health service is a community health service for people with learning disabilities who need support to improve health and wellbeing. It includes psychiatry, psychology, specialist learning disability nursing, therapists and an intensive support team with many different skills.

The team provide specialised support to people with learning disabilities who are unable to access mainstream health services and aims to improve their overall health and wellbeing.