Learning Disability Projects

Please see below Wessex funded Quality Improvement work relating to Learning Disabilities.

Improving teachers’ confidence in supporting the mental health needs of children with a learning disability

Author: Dr Ruby Parmar, Associate Specialist In Child Health, SAS QI Fellowship 2017/18 

Improving the process, from referral to allocation, for adults with a Learning Disability in the East Hampshire Community Health Team

Summary: This project wanted to improve the service user’s journey from referral to allocation and or signposting to the most appropriate service. To undertake this we utilised the PDSA cycle. We consulted the team and clustered the areas for improvement, focusing on the area in which we have initial contact which was the referral. We now have an easier accessible version with drop down options and limited text boxes. This has allowed for more focused and improved information as well as the more expedient collection of our key performance indicators.

Author: East Hants Learning Disability Community Service Team, Southern Health NHS FT, Team Based QI Fellowship, 2016-17

Communication care plans – what does ‘good’ look like?

Author: Jo Laud, Speech and Language Therapist, Mental Health Associateship 2017 

A GP passport for patients with Learning Disabilities

Summary: The aim of this project was to improve GP annual review consultations for patients with learning disabilities so that the attendance was improved and that they are also more time efficient for staff involved. By the end of the Fellowship, this was being piloted and discussions were being held with West Hampshire CCG.

Author: Dr Nicola O’Shaughnessy, GP, Southampton, GP QI Fellowship, 2015-16

To improve access to and acceptability of the contraception and sexual health service (C&SH) in Dorset county for men and women over the age of 13 years who have a learning disability

Summary: Bench marking of the department against the amended NICE long acting contraception guidelines, revealed that C&SH were only partially compliant with the service they offered to those with learning disability. By collaborating with a user focus group and stake holders, the team were able to institute changes to their booking procedure and literature which would improve access. The team now have their own LD champion who will check that these measures are working and seek to continue to improve the experience for those with LD.

Author: Dr Alison Vaughan, Contraception and Sexual Health Lead Speciality Doctor, DHUFT, SAS QI Fellowship 2015-16

For more information please contact: Alison.Vaughan@dhuft.nhs.uk