A Conversation About ‘Wellbeing’ Adults with Learning Disabilities

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Summary of report content

Healthwatch South Tees (Middlesbrough and Redcar and Cleveland) undertook research about the wellbeing of adults with learning disabilities, following a request from the local Integrated Care Partnership.  They attended two sessions for adults with learning disabilities and their carers run by Myplace to run focus groups.

Overall, the most valued contributory factor to good physical and emotional health was engaging in activities of choice, making friends, meeting with them and having someone to talk to. Participants valued the right care and support, as well as community meeting places to enable this to happen. Activities mentioned were wide ranging and included things like drama/dance and sport as well as opportunities to develop life skills such as healthy eating/cookery and affordable meals.

Participants demonstrated significant knowledge about how to keep happy and healthy. They drew on the relationship between physical and mental health, advocating how engaging in things like dance helped with strength and fitness as well as feeling good and making friends. They felt that more could be done to educate other people to look after themselves better. There was much compassion and willingness to help others in need. This was evident in discussions about everyday life and in the sessions attended. Participants could be seen to emotionally benefit from the kindness, consideration and support for each other in the groups.

Discussions about ambitions, continuous learning opportunities, developing confidence and self-worth centred around opportunities to volunteer and get paid work. Within the community, participants recognised the importance of home contributing to emotional wellbeing. Home was somewhere warm and cosy to feel physically relaxed, as well as a safe place, where they had someone to look after them and to talk to. Other areas of discussions recognised times or circumstances in people’s lives when out of the ordinary help was needed: If someone was ill, they would need a doctor; the police can help to make someone feel safe in the community.

There were no recommendations in the report.

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General details

Report title 
A Conversation About ‘Wellbeing’ Adults with Learning Disabilities
Local Healthwatch 
Healthwatch Middlesbrough
Healthwatch Redcar & Cleveland
Date of publication 
Thursday, 23 April, 2020
Date evidence capture began 
Friday, 1 November, 2019
Date evidence capture finished 
Saturday, 30 November, 2019
Type of report 
Key themes 
Food and nutrition
Health promotion
Holistic support
Lifestyle and wellbeing
Healthwatch reference number 

Methodology and approach

Was the work undertaken at the request of another organisation? 
What type of organisation requested the work 
Other local body
Primary research method used 
Focus group
How was the information collected? 
If an Enter and View methodology was applied, was the visit announced or unannounced? 

Details about conditions and diseases

Types of disabilities 
Learning or understanding or concentrating
Types of long term conditions 
Learning disability
What type of pregnancy or maternity themes are included in the report 

Details of people who shared their views

Number of people who shared their views 
Not known
Age group 
All people 18 and over
Not known
Not known
Sexual orientation 
Not known
Does the information include public's views? 
Does the information include carer's, friend's or relative's views? 
Not known
Does the information include staff's views? 
Does the information include other people's views? 
What was the main sentiment of the people who shared their views? 

Outcomes and impact

Were recommendations made by local Healthwatch in the report? 
Does the information contain a response from a provider? 
Not applicable
Is there evidence of impact in the report? 
Is there evidence of impact external to the report? 
Not known
What type of impact was determined? 
Implied Impact

Network Impact
Relationships that exist locally, regionally, nationally have benefited from the work undertaken in the report
Implied Impact
Where it is implied that change may occur in the future as a result of Healthwatch work. This can be implied in a provider  response, press release or other source. Implied impact can become tangible impact once change has occurred.
Tangible Impact
There is evidence of change that can be directly attributed to Healthwatch work undertaken in the report.