The Health and Social Care Board (HSCB) is leading on a regional project to improve Adult Learning Disability Services across Northern Ireland.
The HSCB is developing a new Regional Model for Adult Learning Disability Services, one that ensures that service users and their families have access to the services they need regardless of where they live.
This new model will also inform future services, taking account of population changes, experiences and the needs of adults with learning disabilities and supportive roles played by statutory, community and voluntary sector providers across the region.
We are currently working alongside all five Health and Social Care Trusts engaging with adults with a learning disability, carers, Health and Social Care staff and those working in voluntary and community organisations to seek their views on services. Conversations are focusing on six key themes; Transitions, Accommodation, Care Support, Health and Well-being, Assessment and Treatment, Meaningful Lives and Citizenship.
Marie Roulston, Director of Social Care and Children at the HSCB said: “We are delighted to be working together with adults with learning disabilities, their carers and staff to co-produce a new service model.
“We are asking what is working well, what can be improved and what do we need to start doing in order to improve the lives of adults with learning disabilities.
“Informed by feedback from those who avail and deliver learning disability services we hope to produce a report on this work early in 2020. Your voice matters to us so please take the time to provide your views.”
Three surveys have been developed to support the discussions and engagement that are currently underway. We are inviting anyone with an interest in services for adults with learning disabilities to access the surveys and have their say at www.hscboard.hscni.net/our-work/social-care-and-children/learning-disability.
Peter Livingstone, who has a learning disability and is an Inclusion Consultant with a local charity, is urging everyone to make their voices heard.
“It is very important that people like me, with a learning disability, complete the survey.
“Have your say. This is about our services and we need to tell people what we like, what we don’t like and what we need,” he said.
The surveys will be available from August 5th – September 11th 2019.