Our Trust learning disability and autism agenda

  • To reduce unnecessary admissions to hospital and improve discharge experience through implementation of key systems and processes outlined by NHSE
  • Facilitate full engagement with our national programmes including Learning from early deaths of people with learning disabilities and autism (LeDeR) and the Learning Disability and Autism Transformation Programme (NHS, 2018)
  • To improve learning and training around autism and learning disabilities including the Oliver McGowan Mandatory Training, sensory assessment and Mental
  • Capacity Act implementation
  • To ensure our staff are aware of developments including the implementation of more effective transition and better partnership working
  • To enhance co-production alongside our Experts by Experience and across the partner collaborative. (Dr Helen Jones)

Our Trust Aim

As a Trust we are aiming to deliver a strategy where people with learning disabilities and / or autism have imported health outcomes, a voice in their own care and to achieve this through a workforce fit and committed to deliver.

  • Data has shown that people with learning disabilities had higher rates of symptoms of common mental health problems than those without (25% compared to around 13.4%)
  • One study found that 54%of people with a learning disability have a mental health problem (Cooper et al. 2007)
  • 70-80% of children and adults with autism experience or have experienced mental health problems in their lifetime, source from (Beyondautism.org.uk)

What we are doing and will do as a Trust

We’re here to support patients with Learning Disabilities and/or Autism and their care networks, before, during and after their inpatient stay, and whilst receiving input in the community setting,

It is important that we work together with staff at our various departments and community hubs to deliver safe and equitable healthcare for our service users with learning disabilities and/or Autism.


  • Establishment of a Learning Disability and Autism (LDA) Steer Group
  • Implementation of a Dynamic Support register across more services (Solar, Home Treatment Teams)
  • Sensory friendly ward work and plans for evaluation
  • Oliver McGowan Training on the traffic light system
  • Training needs Analysis across different services
  • Learning Disability nursing links made across the trust.
  • Training to be delivered around reasonable adjustments.
  • Local Area Emergency Protocol process initially with psychiatry Liaison team
  • Recovery college sessions around autism
  • Continued working with our Experts by Experience.
  • Consideration of routes for emerging roles and responsibilities
  • Protected characteristics including LDA across our systems including RIO and INSIGHT
  • Annual Health Checks and Screening to allow us to demonstrate improved health outcomes.

(Dr Helen Jones)

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