13 Oct 2019

Leading for better health: event roundup

Leading for better health

Welcome to VODG’s event roundup following the first of three of three events on tackling health inequalities experienced by people with learning disabilities. In this brief you will find:
  • A round up of our conference on Leading for better health
  • A summary of discussions about what providers need from other parts of the health and social care sector in order to tackle health inequalities successfully
  • Information about future events
  • Links to a range of resources that can help you meet the health needs of people you support

Conference round up

On Thursday 3 October 2019 we held the first of our series of events on tackling health inequalities. Leading for better health explored how leaders can foster an organisational culture, systems and practices that reduce health inequalities experienced by people with learning disabilities.

Slide decks

Taking a whole organisation approach
Sarah Burslem, Sarah Ormston and Rosie Joustra from Macintyre say co-production is key to tackling health inequalities. When everyone has a voice and people genuinely work together as equal partners, we can be effective in improving the health of people with learning disabilities.
Engaging in the mortality review
Aaron Senior and Louisa Whait from NHS England and NHS Improvement describe what we have learnt so far from the Learning Disability Mortality Review (LeDeR) and explore what this means for social care practice.
Richard's story
Sheila Handley tells the story of her son Richard who, in 2012, died a preventable death at the age of 33.
Amanda’s story: Collaborating for better health
Melissa Layton and Joanna Watkins from Certitude share their learning from one woman’s story. A person-centred approach, high quality advocacy and collaboration between health and social care providers all contribute to achieving better health outcomes.
Collaborating across systems
Kevin Elliott from NHS England and NHS Improvement provides an overview of the initiatives that are being trialled in the south-west to promote increased uptake of flu jabs and annual health checks and better recognition of when a person’s health is deteriorating.

Developing a cross-sector approach to tackling health inequalities

Delegates responded to an invitation from NHS England to consider what social care providers need from the NHS and local authorities in order to reduce health inequalities experienced by people with learning disabilities. Top priorities for providers were:
  • A willingness by health professionals to collaborate with social care staff as equal partners
  • The use of reasonable adjustments to be embedded throughout the NHS
  • Better quality annual health checks
  • Consistent application of the Mental Capacity Act
  • More liaison nurses.
A full summary of this discussion will be made available to NHS England colleagues for them to take forward.

Future events

Learning from LeDeR (The Learning Disability Mortality Review) will examine what we can learn from the LeDeR findings and explore the practical steps social care providers can take to prevent early deaths. Date:               Thursday 5 December 2019 Time:              10.00am – 4.00pm Location:        Leeds 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. Date:               Thursday 6 February 2020 Time:              10.00am – 4.00pm Location:        Birmingham


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
Resources by MacIntyre
A range of health-related resources developed by support provider MacIntyre
Mencap health guides
Mencap’s health guides including a hospital passport template and information about summary care records.
Your health from National Autistic Society
Resources and strategies for supporting people with autism to look after their health.
Accessible information about health from easyhealth.org.uk
Tackling health inequalities
A discussion paper setting 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.
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