Supporting older people with learning disabilities

February 11, 2019

National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) has published a draft quality standard on supporting older people with learning disabilities. The consultation on the quality standard closes at 5pm today.

NICE has also produced an easy-read version of the quality standard alongside the full version. The final publication is expected in July.

The committee developing this quality standard includes two members with a learning disability, and NICE has provided specialist support to help them to contribute to the development of the standard.

The quality standard on the care and support of people growing older with a learning disability sets out five priority areas for improvement. These are:

  1. People with a learning disability are actively involved when their care and support needs are being assessed.
  2. People with a learning disability have a named lead practitioner responsible for co-ordinating their care and support.
  3. People with a learning disability have a plan for the future that is reviewed at least annually.
  4. People with a learning disability have their health action plan updated after every annual health check.
  5. People with a learning disability have a meeting to discuss reasonable adjustments and complete pre-admission documentation before a planned hospital admission.

These five statements have been developed from the 2018 NICE guideline Care and support of people growing older with learning disabilities.

Another quality standard, looking at the service model for people with a learning disability and behaviour that challenges, is also being developed. A draft, including an easy read version, is due to be published for consultation on Monday 18th February.


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