Welcome to VODG’s second social share on tackling health inequalities experienced by people with learning disabilities. In this edition you will find:
A round up of our conference on Learning from LeDeR (the Learning Disability Mortality Review programme)
Information about our next event on tackling health inequalities
Links to a range of resources that support the main themes of the conference including the LeDeR programme, constipation, sepsis and communicating with people with learning disabilities on health matters.
Conference round up
On Thursday 5 December 2019 we held the second of our series of events on tackling health inequalities. Learning from LeDeR explored findings from the learning disability mortality review and the practical steps providers can take to support people with learning disabilities to live longer and healthier lives.
Jill Parker | VODG
LeDeR findings and themes
Jill presented the most recent LeDeR report and explores what the findings means for practice.
June Rogers | Bladder & Bowel
Dying for a poo
June described the causes and risks associated with constipation, why it is so prevalent among people with learning disabilities and the steps social care providers can take to tackle it.
Ruth Harrison | Nottinghamshire Healthcare Trust, Derby University | Paula Evans | Sherwood Forest Hospitals NHS Trust
Identifying deterioration in someone’s health
Ruth and Paula introduced the tools and strategies that social care providers can put in place to ensure that staff are able to recognise and respond to adeterioration in someone’s health.
Nick Wright | Books Beyond Words
Using Books Beyond Words
Nick described how wordless stories can help to overcome communication barriers and support people to understand health issues.
Knowing Tom We were delighted to welcome back MiXiT Music who performed ‘Knowing Tom’.
Nan Carle Beauregard
Embedding changes into practice
Nan recommended discussed embedding changes into practice.
Staying healthy will showcase a wide range of health and wellbeing initiatives and explore some of the dilemmas providers face when seeking to balance choice with the drive to support people to lead active and healthy lives. Places are filling fast!Date: Thursday 6 February 2020
Time: 10.00am – 4.00pm
Tackling health inequalities
VODG discussion paper sets out what social care providers believe can help or hinder efforts to tackle health inequalities.
Good Food Matters
A good practice guide that explores how social care providers can support disabled people to maintain healthy levels of nutrition and hydration.
Leading for better health
VODG’s event round up for Leading for Better Health (held 3 October 2019).
Learning Disabilities Mortality Review Programme
Information about LeDeR, including how to report a death.
NHSE Learning disability programme
Information on NHS England’s learning disability programme.
Bladder & Bowel
Advice and resources to support people with bladder and bowel conditions, including constipation.
Poo Matters leaflet
Information for families and carers on constipation and people with a learning disability.
Training courses and information resources concerning sepsis.
Books Beyond Words
Books and digital resources on health topics to support people who find pictures easier to understand than words.
The Sepsis Song – MiXiT Music
The Sepsis Song, taken from MiXiT’s play ‘Knowing Tom’.
Sepsis short film
A short film about sepsis – Soft signs of deterioration.