More training is required

Health professionals receive no mandatory training in how to support the needs of people with learning disabilities.

Tuesday, 5th March 2019, 8:00 am

Two thirds of GPs have received less than a day’s training on this, yet 98 per cent say they would benefit from training delivered by people with learning disabilities.

Unequal access to appropriate healthcare contributes to the fact that people with learning disabilities live shorter lives than other people.

We are delighted that the Government has announced a consultation into mandatory learning disability training for health professionals.

Our #MyGPandMe training with GP surgeries tells us this is most impactful when delivered face-to-face by a person with learning disabilities.

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We look forward to encouraging the Government to make this model a reality.

Jordan Smith