People with a learning disability have a key role – Dr Julie Higgins

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NHS England’s Director of Transformation – Learning Disabilities, gives her latest update on NHS England’s work to transform care for people with a learning disability:

Getting things right for people with a learning disability and/or autism isn’t just about the services which are specifically for them – whether that means the specialist hospital beds and units we want to reduce the use of, or the community services we want to enhance to replace them.

Meeting that challenge means all NHS operated or funded services – and the people who work in them – need to play their part.

This is often overlooked but really important; people with a learning disability have physical and possibly mental health needs as well, just like we all do, but too often they face barriers accessing these services – whether it’s their local dentist or GP, or a specialist cancer centre.

Read the full blog on our learning disabilities section.

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