Public Health England: Improving the Health and Wellbeing of People with Learning Disabilities

9 November 2017

Vision UK were very glad to see both Sight Loss and the work of SeeAbility included in this document.

Guidance for social care providers and commissioners (to support implementation of the health charter)

People with learning disabilities have poorer health than the general population, much
of which is avoidable. This means that people with learning disabilities experience
health inequalities, often starting early in life. The impact is serious. As well as having a
poorer quality of life, people with learning disabilities die at a younger age than their
non-disabled peers.

There are five determinants of health inequalities
• greater risk of exposure to the social determinants of poorer health such as poverty,
poor housing, unemployment, discrimination and isolation
• increased risk of health problems associated with specific genetic, biological and
environmental causes of learning disabilities
• communication difficulties and reduced understanding of health issues
• personal health risks and behaviours such as poor diet and lack of exercise
• problems with access to healthcare provision

Although health services have an important role to play, and need to do more to make
their services accessible, many of the health issues that people with learning disabilities
face are to do with social determinants of poorer health, and the support they receive
regarding general health and wellbeing. Social care providers and support staff have an
important role to play in promoting general health and wellbeing, and enabling access to
primary health services.

In order to support social care staff in this role the Learning Disabilities Public Health
Observatory has been working with the Voluntary Organisations Disability Group
(VODG:, the leading umbrella group of voluntary sector providers of
social care services for adults, to develop guidance and a self-assessment exercise
based on a charter.

The full document is aavailable HERE

Alternaively it is also attached below:

Health Charter 2017 Guidance
Health Charter 2017 Guidance
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