The Minister for Health and Social Services, Vaughan Gething, has revealed £2 million in Welsh government funding to improve NHS services for people with learning disabilities.
This new investment is part of the Learning Disability: Improving Lives programme, which aims to enhance the way in which services are delivered to people with a learning disability in Wales. The programme of work covers housing, health, education, transport, and social care services.
The £2 million announced will be used to achieve improvements related to the health actions in the programme, over the next three years, including:
- Reduce the inappropriate use of medication and restraint through increasing the use of a range of evidence-based interventions, such as positive behavioural support
- Improve the take-up and quality of annual health checks offered by GPs to people with a learning disability
- Improve the capability and capacity of acute hospital care to make reasonable adjustments, enabling people with a learning disability to access mainstream services
- Ensure that people with complex needs have timely and easy access to learning disability specialist services, including trauma / crisis, the full range of accommodation, including secure provision and out-of-hours access
- Implement the specialist and mainstream school nursing framework – a set of evidence-based standards for nursing in schools.
Minister for Health and Social Services, Vaughan Gething, commented, ‘In our Prosperity for All strategy we have committed to improving the overall health and wellbeing of all individuals in Wales.
‘This new investment will support improvements in health services for people with a learning disability to reduce health inequalities and to help improve people’s health and quality of life.’