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Learning disabilities and autism

What we are doing

This workstream aims to support and lead work to transform services for people with a learning disability and/or autistic people. It is focused on reducing reliance on inpatient hospital beds through a place-based approach to care, building flexible, personalised community services and crisis care, as well as improving overall health, reducing inequalities, promoting prevention and early intervention and eliminating premature mortality of people with a learning disability and/or autistic people right across the region.

Our priorities

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Best start in life

We believe in opportunities and possibilities for all children and young people to reach their full potential through early help and inclusive communities.

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Valued families

Work with and support families to use their valuable insight to inform and shape the workforce, commissioning and provision of services.

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Living well with good support

People will have the same life chances and opportunities of work, love, family, home and support as the rest of the population.

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Good health for longer lives

Good information and good access for early help to make sure good health is enjoyed by all and people stop dying too soon.

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Good care and treatment in specialist hospitals

People in hospital will have good quality care, which is timely, safe and right for the person.


Reducing my cancer risk

Watch our video to help raise awareness of reducing the risk of cancer for the learning disability community. 

Created by ‘Be Cancer Aware’ - who are seven teams of people with learning disabilities, based with self-advocacy organisations, who deliver cancer awareness messages across the North East and North Cumbria.


Keeping well for winter

Keeping well for winter ran from September 2020 aimed at people with a learning disability, their families and carers to get as well as possible during the winter whilst living with Covid19.

It provided a safe, reliable and friendly outlet for vulnerable people; connecting through social media.

The project brought together people with a learning disability, families, friends and supporters to encourage and improve their health and wellbeing.

Who is involved

Nic Bailey - Senior Responsible Officer for the
Learning Disability/Autism ICS Programme

Julie Bates - Senior Clinical & Assurance Programme
Manager – Learning Disability & Autism Programme,
NHS England & NHS Improvement

Judith Thompson – North East & Cumbria Learning
Disability Network Manager & Assurance Lead

Trish Churchill - Learning Disability and Autism
ICS Workstream Project Manager

Get involved

For support and events across the region visit www.necldnetwork.co.uk

For more information contact: england.cne-transformingcare@nhs.net


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