Improving health outcomes for people with learning disabilities

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Summary of report content

This report summarises Healthwatch South Gloucestershire’s co-produced project which sought to look at the different ways Healthwatch could help improve health outcomes for people with learning disabilities.

This project has produced a Checklist which is a resource that seeks to improve the quality of the Learning Disability Annual Health Check, and the health outcomes for people with learning disabilities by offering multiple opportunities for prevention and intervention conversations. By adopting a co-production approach, the Checklist has had buy-in from health and care professionals, carers and, most importantly, people with learning disabilities.

Healthwatch South Gloucestershire made six recommendations in this report:

  • That the checklist is placed on TeamsNet and Remedy as a resource for professionals
  • That the checklist is shared widely between voluntary sector partners
  • That services promote the resource on social media
  • That steps are taken to ensure GPs and practice managers make good use of the checklist, including sharing it with people with learning disabilities and their carers
  • That the Sirona Community Learning Disability Team utilise the checklist in their work
  • The checklist is integrated into systems in the Bristol and North Somerset area for the benefit of all people with learning disabilities

This report contains a response from several stakeholders.

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General details

Report title 
Improving health outcomes for people with learning disabilities
Local Healthwatch 
Healthwatch South Gloucestershire
Date of publication 
Friday, 18 June, 2021
Key themes 
Digitalisation of services
Holistic support
Information providing
Integration of services
Lifestyle and wellbeing

Methodology and approach

Primary research method used 
Engagement event
Focus group

Details of health and care services included in the report

Social care services 
Adult social care
Community services 
Community based services for people with a learning disability

Outcomes and impact

Were recommendations made by local Healthwatch in the report? 
Does the information contain a response from a provider? 
Yes action has been taken or promised

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.