Dr Pauline Heslop is a Reader in Intellectual Disabilities Research within
the School for Policy Studies at the University of Bristol. She is a
qualified nurse, and has a background of working with children and young
people in a variety of settings in the UK and overseas. She joined the
Norah Fry Research Centre (which aims to make a positive difference to the lives of disabled children, young people and adults through social,
educational and policy-related research) in 1999.
Since working at the Norah Fry Research Centre, Pauline has completed
research into a range of health and care-related issues. She led the
Confidential Inquiry into Premature Deaths in People with Learning
Disabilities (CIPOLD) from 2010-2013 which identified potentially
modifiable factors associated with premature deaths in people with learning disabilities. She is now the Programme Manager for the Learning
Disabilities Mortality Review (LeDeR) Programme.
Pauline Heslop summarises a UK primary care study that shows how emergency hospital admissions for preventable conditions can be reduced in people with learning disabilities who receive annual health checks.
We know that people with learning disabilities have poorer health than those without learning disabilities and may also receive poorer quality healthcare. Emergency or unplanned readmissions may be one indicator of the quality of care.
Here, Pauline Heslop considers a study which looked at such readmissions for people with learning disabilities and those without to see how they compared and how far such readmissions may have been preventable.
The NICE scoping guidelines on multimorbidity now thankfully include people with learning disabilities. However, the original scoping draft specifically excluded them, despite NHS England and the Department of Health commenting on the first draft.
Here, Pauline Heslop, one of the authors of the Confidential Inquiry report and a key campaigner to get people with learning disabilities included in the scope, talks about some the issues this raises.
The Government progress report on the Confidential Inquiry into Premature Deaths of People with Learning Disabilities was published last week. In this blog, Pauline Heslop and colleagues who wrote the original Confidential Inquiry, reflect on the progress that has been made and what still needs to be done.
Get involved in the NICE scoping consultation on multimorbidities. Today’s post is a little different in nature – rather than bringing you the evidence, we are asking you to get involved in helping to shape it. NICE are in the process of defining the scope of their guidelines on multimorbidity (a combination of two or [read the full story…]
By Pauline Heslop, University of Bristol People with learning disabilities die significantly younger in England and Wales than people without learning disabilities. Men with learning disabilities die 13 years earlier on average and 20 years earlier for women compared to the general population. And people with learning disabilities are two and a half times more [read the full story…]