The new NHS long term plan was published this week and Bethphage was pleased to see that for the first time ever, learning disability is one of its priorities. The learning disability elements of the plan include:
• Reducing the number of preventable early deaths of people with learning disabilities.
• Improving access to and the take up of learning disability health checks.
• Expansion of the stopping over medication of people with a learning disability, autism or both (STOMP) programme of which Bethphage is a fully signed up member of.
• Recognising that, “the whole NHS will improve its understanding of the needs of people with a learning disability and autism,” and will ensure local healthcare providers are making reasonable adjustments to support people with a learning disability or autism.
This is why Bethphage was keen to support Mencap’s “Treat Me Well” Campaign last year and is working with Mencap Campaigns team this year for our staff conference and throughout the year, on their Treat Me Well Campaign locally so that we can work with health and social care workers towards achieving better health outcomes for adults with learning disabilities.