Learning Disabilities

Our work focuses on the issues adults with learning disabilities face
when accessing community services

Contact Kate Damiral on tel no: 020 7095 5764 or email:kate.damiral@healthwatchlambeth.org.uk for further information

Why learning disabilities?

We chose to focus on the issues adults with learning disabilities face when accessing community services because according to Mencap, the learning disability charity:

  • people with a learning disability are 50 times more likely to die aged under 50 than other people
  • four times as many people with a learning disability die of preventable causes as people in the general population
  • 75% of GPs have received no training to treat people with a learning disability.

Workstream focus

The workstream focuses on learning disabled adults access to community health services (Healthy Living Pharmacies, GP practices, dentists, opticians and foot clinics).

We want to find out whether these services are accessible, provide quality information and advice and are kind and helpful.

Right for Everyone Programme

The Right for Everyone programme which will run from autumn 2015 to 2017, is a partnership initiative with the Lambeth Learning Disability Assembly and Lambeth Mencap, supported by NHS Lambeth Clinical Commissioning Group. The project involves training learning disabled adults to become Enter and View visitors in order to visit healthy living pharmacies, GP practices, dentists, opticians and foot clinic to see how accessible services is,the quality of information and advice provided for dealing with long-term conditions and how the kind the service is.

We hope the programme will help drive improvements to make services not only right for learning disabled adults but 'right for everyone'.

Find out more

Read our report on visits to 19 GP practices during autumn 2016.

Read our report on pilot visits to six healthy living pharmacies in spring 2015.

Click here to access the easy to read version.

Visit our Reports page

Visit our Reports page to read all our published Enter and View visits and other reports in full.
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