The Healthcare Quality Improvement Partnership (HQIP) and the University of Bristol’s Norah Fry Research Centre have published an interim update report, commissioned by NHS England, on the premature deaths of people with learning disabilities in NHS care.
The Learning Disability Mortality Review has found that failings in care occurred in roughly one in eight deaths, arising from causes including abuse or neglect, gaps in service provision, “organisational dysfunction”, unsafe discharge and avoidable delays in treatment and / or discharge. The report makes three broad categories of recommendations for improvement.
- Better inter-agency collaboration, including communication.
- Better awareness of the needs of people with learning disabilities among health and social care providers.
- Better understanding and application of the Mental Capacity Act.
Failings in learning disability deaths, report finds. London: BBC Health News, May 4th 2018.
This relates to:
The Learning Disabilities Mortality Review (LeDeR) Programme. Annual Report, December 2017. London: Healthcare Quality Improvement Partnership (HQIP) [and] University of Bristol, May 4th 2018.