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Learning disabilities and/or neurodiversity

People with learning disabilities and or neurodiversity can face significant challenges in accessing healthcare and support services, resulting in a life expectancy gap of 15 to 20 years compared to the general population.

Our Healthy Minds Learning Disability and Neurodiversity Programme aims to address these disparities and improve the quality of life for individuals within these communities.

Despite existing strategies, we lacked an integrated plan that aligns with our objectives, leading to perceived inequities across service providers. To achieve our strategic aims , we seek to establish easy and seamless access to services, ensure service quality, and create a supportive work environment.

Our vision includes:

  • Easy-to-navigate pathways for accessing services
  • Recognition of individuals with learning disabilities and or neurodiversity as equal citizens
  • Transformation of lives through personalised support and empowerment
  • Collaboration with families and carers to reduce health inequalities
  • Development of a cohesive workforce across sectors
  • Incorporation of co-production and engagement in all initiatives.

Our current focus areas which align to the Healthy Minds Strategy as are follows:

Learning Disability Community

  • Health inequalities – we will work to reduce the gap, in life expectancy for people with learning disabilities, neurodiversity and autism
  • Flourishing lives – we will work with people with learning disabilities so that they enjoy choice and control, can exercise their rights, and meet the outcomes they want to achieve in areas that are important to them
  • Transforming care – we will reduce hospital admissions through access to joined up community services & effective crisis support.

Neurodiversity Community

  • Workforce – we will work to create a vibrant, inclusive offer that celebrates the skills and talents that a neurodiverse workforce brings
  • Data and outcomes – we will work to improve the collection and quality of data on autism used across the health and social care system to better support the needs of autistic people and their families
  • Reducing inequalities – we will work to develop a better understanding of the inequalities autistic people face reducing the gap in life expectancy and improve people’s health outcomes.

Across both Learning Disability and Neurodiversity Communities

  • Transitions (previously – preparation for adulthood)
    – We will work across the system, to ensure smooth transitions for young people, as they prepare for adulthood
    – We will work to improve transitions into adulthood through earlier discussion, planning, information and advice and guidance
  • Building the right support
    – We will review our commissioned services to identify any gaps or duplication, to ensure people have the right support in the right place, at the right time
    – We will work to ensure people have the opportunity, to participate in their communities among friends and family and live in their own home or with people they choose to live with.