Learning Disabilities

Learning Disabilities project

Work we have been involved with:

Bringing together adult health and social care services in Scotland.

The Scottish Parliament has made a new law called The Public Bodies (Joint Working) (Scotland)Act 2014.

The new law says that Health Boards and Local Authorities have to combine the planning and delivery of some adult health and social care services.

NHS Dumfries and Galloway and Dumfries and Galloway Council must work together and say how this joint working is going to happen. This will be called an Integration Scheme.

This Dumfries and Galloway Integration Schemewill set out the details as to how services will be joined together. The Integration Scheme will also deal with matters set out in the law by the Scottish Government.

NHS Learning Disability Champions

I was asked by NHS Dumfries and Galloway to carry out a survey of what the experience of people with Learning Disabilities is of local NHS services.

The result of this work was that a new course was developed with University of West of Scotland.

The purpose of the course is to help people who already work in the NHS better understand the needs of people with Learning Disabilities and more able to make any contact they have with the NHS, a more positive experience.

We have already had a number of nurses and ancillary workers go through the first course and we hope that a second course will start in March 2012.

People with learning disabilities, supported by User and Carer Involvement helped to deliver some of the training on the course.

They said they enjoyed the chance to do that.

User and Carer Involvement have recently carried out a service review of a local service in Dumfries.

The report of this will go to the joint Commissioner for Learning Disability services.

We have been asked to get together a small focus group to work with the NHS to help to develop their Learning Disability web page.

This small group is making a significant difference to how accessible the information is and this is useful work for the whole of Dumfries and Galloway

User and Carer Involvement have representation on the Dumfries and Galloway Royal Infirmary new build stakeholder Group.

This will be a long term group and will make sure that the views of people with Learning Disabilities across Dumfries and Galloway are heard on this important new development.



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Enable Scotland

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Scottish Consortium for Learning Disability

Our mission is to work in partnership with people with learning disabilities of all ages and family carers to challenge discrimination and to develop and share good practice. Our goal is an inclusive Scotland where everyone is valued and respected for who they are and what they contribute as equal citizens.

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Learning Disability Alliance Scotland - bring together Scotland's voluntary organistion to improve the lives of people with learning disabilities

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