NHS England has announced additional funding of £5 million for conducting reviews to improve care for persons with a learning disability. The funding is expected to boost the programme reviewing the deaths of individuals with a learning disability. With the additional funding, thousands more reviews will be conducted over the next 12 months.
Following the publication of the third annual report of ‘The Learning Disabilities Mortality Review’ programme, the NHS aims to tackle the major clinical conditions responsible for mortality in individuals with a learning disability based on the findings from reviews. These conditions include pneumonia, respiratory diseases, constipation, sepsis and cancer.
The reviews have led to several local innovations including hospital passports to provide the staff all the necessary information regarding an individual with a learning disability and learning disability champions in GP surgeries to support carers in noticing the signs of deteriorating health.
Ray James, who leads the services for learning disabilities at NHS England & NHS Improvement, said: "Significant progress has been made over the last year and the renewed commitment today will ensure we continue to drive important learning and ensure widespread improvements in the care and treatment of people with a learning disability."