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Improving Health and Lives - IHaL

IHaL - The Learning Disabilities Public Health Observatory - is a collaboration between NDTi, Public Health England and the Centre of Disability Research at Lancaster University to:

  • Improve the health of (and reduce health inequalities experienced by) people with learning disabilities in England.
  • Help people who commission services make better use of information.
Improving Health and Lives - IHaL

The Observatory works in three ways to achieve these aims:

1. Making information more easily accessible through written reports, the website and events.

2. Getting better quality information.

3. Supporting commissioners, providers and others to use the information

The NDTi writes best practice guides for commissioners and providers of services on the implications of the information gathered by Public Health England and the Centre for Disability Research.

We have written a series of reports looking at reasonable adjustments in a specific service area. The aim of these reports is to share information, ideas and good practice in relation to the provision of reasonable adjustments.

The service areas covered so far are:

  • Epilepsy
  • End of life care
  • Primary care
  • Dementia
  • Diabetes
  • Eye care
  • Dentistry
  • Cancer screening

We also hold regionally based seminars to share emerging information and good practice whilst working with established networks of good practice to maximise effectiveness and avoid duplication.

We have worked in partnership with the Voluntary Organisations Disability Group (VODG) to develop the Health Charter for Social Care Providers. This is designed to support social care providers to tackle some of the health inequalities that people with learning disabilities experience thus improving their health and well-being.

There is guidance to support the implementation of the charter as well as a self-assessment tool.

Providers can sign up to the charter and get further information here.

About the IHaL website

The website Public Health England have used to share information about their work on reducing the health inequalities experienced by people with a learning disability, www.improvinghealthandlives.org or www.ihal.org has now been archived and will no longer be updated. It will continue to be available on the national archive. New information being published by the  learning disability team at Public Health England (PHE) will increasingly be published on www.gov.uk.  All learning disability related information published by government departments can be found on www.gov.uk by searching ‘learning disability’. This can be narrowed down to the work PHE have published by selecting Public Health England from the drop down list of organisations.   

We will also soon be able to offer you the opportunity to join our new Knowledge Hub group.  This will be a community of people interested in reducing the health inequalities experienced by people with a learning disability. If you have any questions we can be contacted on LDT@phe.gov.uk. 

For further information about the IHaL project,
please contact anna.marriott@ndti.org.uk

Contact

For more information contact Anna Marriott by:

Email: Anna Marriott
Tel: 01225 789135

Useful Info

To find out more information about this project – Visit the Improving Health and Lives (IHaL) website

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