Better health for people with learning disabilities

June 7, 2017

An innovative film is being launched to support better health for people with learning disabilities.

Social care providers play an important role in supporting people with learning disabilities to have better health and lives. However, recent figures show that people with learning disabilities and/or autism still face health inequalities.

This is why an innovative film has been produced by the Misfits Theatre Company to support a forthcoming guide led by NDTi, supported by VODG and funded by NHS England.

The film seeks to raise awareness about the importance of health checks for people with learning disabilities. Recent data from NHS Digital found that only 46% of patients known to their GP as having a learning disability received an annual learning disability health check in 2015/16.

The film follows on from recent work and resources to support better health for people with learning disabilities. NDTi produces the Health Equality Framework which is a freely available outcomes-based tool to help commissioners, providers, people with learning disabilities and their families understand the impact and effectiveness of health and social care services.

In September 2016, VODG and NDTi published an updated guide to the Health Charter which supports the wellbeing of people with learning disabilities and aims to reduce inequalities in healthcare.

To find out more about the film Better health for people with learning disabilities: What social care providers can do to help people with learning disabilities get health checks, an easy read PDF is available on the VODG website with full details of the screening in Bristol in July.


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