The NHS has a crucial role to play in helping people with a learning disability, autism or both lead longer, happier and healthier lives.
The NHS Long Term Plan aims to improve people’s health by making sure they receive timely and appropriate health checks, while improving the level of awareness and understanding across the NHS of how best to support them as patients.
More people with complex needs will be supported to live fulfilling lives at home rather than in hospital, while thousands will be offered a personal health budget, giving them choice over the type of support they need to live the life they choose.
In Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent we are working with local authorities and providers to determine how we deliver this in the area.
One of our areas of work we are proud of and has transformed the lives of individuals with learning disabilities and/or autism can be viewed here.