Following sustained campaigning for improvements to care for people with learning disabilities, a new consultation has been announced by the Department of Health and Social Care. The consultation will seek views in relation to plans to extend awareness training for health and social care staff and forms part of measures to be taken in response to the first national Learning Disabilities Mortality Review (LeDeR) Programme report published earlier this year.
Minister for Care, Caroline Dinenage, said:
"Every person with a learning disability must receive the same high-quality care you and I would expect. For too long many people with learning disabilities have had their lives tragically cut short, in part because of a lack of understanding about their needs. This must end.
We will consult on expanding learning disability awareness training so that health and care staff are better equipped to provide compassionate and informed care. Support will be improved to help enhance the lives of people with learning disabilities across the country – anything less is unacceptable."
The extended training could cover elements such as the relevant legislation and making adjustments to how care is provided.
Further details about the consultation and the other measures announced are available in the link below.