Learning disabilities and diabetes resources released
A set of evidence-based, practical resources to help commissioners and practitioners improve diabetes care offered to people with a learning disability have been released.
The development of the resources was funded by The Health Foundation and the University of Leeds. The team worked with those with a learning disability, as well as clinical practitioners, commissioners and charities including Diabetes UK, Mencap, and the Down’s Syndrome Association.
The resources provide a step-by-step guide to service improvement, providing advice on how to identify people with diabetes and a learning disability, how to making adaptations to services and how to plan new services for people with diabetes and a learning disability. They include an Easy Read guide for people with type 2 diabetes and a learning disability.
Under the Equality Act 2010 service providers are required to make reasonable adjustments to care to take account of these factors, but many healthcare providers do not feel sufficiently informed or confident to make the necessary changes.
People with a learning disability often experience barriers to accessing and engaging with mainstream diabetes services. They may also have mental health problems, behaviour that challenges and characteristics associated with autism that may provide additional challenges to engagement.
The new resources provide a practical guide on how those commissioning, planning and delivering diabetes services can meet legal obligations to provide care that meets the extra needs of people with a learning disability.
The resources can be accessed here.