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Conversations underway to develop a new model for Adult learning Disability Services


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.”