People with learning disabilities in England 2010

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This report from Improving Health and Lives: Learning Disabilities Observatory (IHaL) brings together information on the characteristics of people with learning disabilities, the services and supports they use and their carers.

The aim of this report is to provide a concise summary of this information from a variety of Government departments and to provide links to key data collections.

Included are data on health, education, adult social care, employment, benefits and carers and the information highlights progress being made on the implementation of key health and social care policies for people with learning disabilities, including, for example:

  • Increased rates of uptake of annual health checks by adults with learning disabilities;
  • A reduction in NHS long-term accommodation for adults with learning disabilities;
  • Increased uptake of direct payments and personal budgets by people with learning disabilities.

The authors point to key information, for example the very low rates of employment among adults with learning disabilities as highlighting that a good deal of progress still needs to be made in order to meet the aspirations of current learning disability and adult social care policies.

People with Learning Disabilities in England 2010: services and supports.
Eric Emerson, Chris Hatton, Janet Robertson, Hazel Roberts, Susannah Baines & Gyles Glover. Improving Health and Lives Learning Disabilities Observatory.

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André Tomlin is an Information Scientist with 20 years experience working in evidence-based healthcare. He's worked in the NHS, for Oxford University and since 2002 as Managing Director of Minervation Ltd, a consultancy company who do clever digital stuff for charities, universities and the public sector. Most recently André has been the driving force behind the Mental Elf and the National Elf Service; an innovative digital platform that helps professionals keep up to date with simple, clear and engaging summaries of evidence-based research. André is a Trustee at the Centre for Mental Health and an Honorary Research Fellow at University College London Division of Psychiatry. He lives in Bristol, surrounded by dogs, elflings and lots of woodland!

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