Social care leaders gather to address health inequalities experienced by people with learning disabilities

A host of social care leaders will gather this week (Thursday 3 October) to discuss how to cultivate the organisational cultures, systems and practices required to reduce the health inequalities experienced by people with learning disabilities.

People with learning disabilities die earlier than the general population. Furthermore, many of the health inequalities most commonly experienced, including respiratory disease, heart disease, and obesity, are preventable.

Speakers at the event, which is supported by NHS England and NHS Improvement, include social care leaders from the voluntary sector and the NHS, as well as people with lived experience leading topics under discussion. The full-day event features sessions on taking a whole organisation approach, engaging in the Learning Disability Mortality Review, collaborating for better health, collaborating across systems, and developing a cross-sector approach to tackling health inequalities. Programmes for the day are also available in EasyRead format.

As part of the VODG commitment to tackling health inequalities experienced by people with learning disabilities, the Leading for better health event is the first in a series of three national conferences aimed at social care leaders to explore how they can support people to access good healthcare and make decisions about their lifestyle.